Sea Kayak Adventure Group
21 Walford Street, Wallsend
Ocean Literacy International
21 Walford Street, Wallsend
Phone / Whatsapp: +61 493377171
This is Part 2 of the Sea Kayak Competency Certificate.
Paddling a sea kayak is easy to learn – perhaps too easy!
In skilled hands sea kayaks are extraordinarily seaworthy craft, however, a novice can easily paddle (blunder) into many situations a more knowledgeable kayaker would avoid.
Sea kayak training and experience reduces that poor judgement.
You will find sea kayaking to be a much more relaxed and enjoyable activity after completion of this safety training course.
To be a competent sea kayaker you need to know how to recover after an inevitable capsize.
This course will give you the fundamental knowledge and techniques to rescue yourself or another kayaker after that capsize.
At the end of the day you will be able to:
• Capsize with comfort.
• Be able to swim with your kayak.
• Be able to perform a “T / X” rescue.
• Be able to assist a kayaker to rescue you.
• Be able to re-enter a kayak from deep water.
• Be able to perform a self rescue using a paddle float.
After a short paddle from our base in Sai Kung we arrive at our training beach.
In pairs you will learn how to rescue and be rescued by another kayaker.
The techniques used to perform a “T / X” rescue of a capsized kayaker will be learned and practised until you are competent at quickly assisting someone back into their kayak or recovering from a capsized sea kayak yourself.
Capsizing is usually regarded as a fearful event by novice sea kayakers. After a morning of rescuing and being rescued, this fear will quickly disappear, giving you much more confidence when you take your next sea kayaking trip.
Following on from lunch, you will begin to learn the concepts of self-rescue and more importantly, why you never consider paddling solo in open waters until you are capable.
This session is centred around using the paddle float and pump to perform a self-rescue in deep water. It is essential knowledge for any kayakers who do not yet know how to “eskimo roll”, the ultimate self-rescue technique.
Single sea kayaks to practice the different techniques.
Personal safety equipment including buoyancy vest & spray deck.
Sea kayak equipment including paddles, pumps, paddle floats.
Qualified and experienced sea kayak instructors.
A Sea Kayak Log Book for recording your journeys
Bring a change of clothes to kayak in. Make sure you have a pair of water shoes or shoes that you are OK getting wet. It will happen!
Bring your lunch and a re-usable water bottle. No single use bottles are acceptable.
Bring a sense of humour and a level of courage and tenacity. Learning a new sport or activity is not always as easy as you think.
The complete list is available here.