Sea Kayak Adventure Group
21 Walford Street, Wallsend
Ocean Literacy International
21 Walford Street, Wallsend
Phone / Whatsapp: +61 493377171
There are significant proven health and wellness benefits for exercising in nature in normal times, but now, with COVID and COVID lockdowns, it is even more important! After 2 years battling this global problem, there are numerous scientific and medical journals that now emphasise the importance of outdoor exercise, not just exercise during the pandemic.
In order to offer weekend health and wellness getaways, we have redesigned our normal trips to make it possible to meet the strict social distancing and group size regulations to ensure peace of mind.
Please read on for more details.
This 2 day sea kayaking journey travels in the protected waters of Port Shelter from Sai Kung. This makes it an easier paddle for people who do not have any or much sea kayaking experience. The total distance covered over the 2 days is about 20 km’s, which is short enough per day for everyone to enjoy, but long enough to make you feel that you have had a good workout. The object of this trip!
The camping is on a remote beach, far from the crowds of Hong Kong. We will choose a beach that gives us enough room to distance our groups of 2 so that we do not break any regulations. Seeking solitude in a beautiful wilderness setting will give you the peace and tranquillity you need to forget the craziness of the current situation.
Sharing this experience with a friend or family member will reconnect you at a deeper level, providing a sense of normality and reassurance.
The exercise, clean & fresh salt air and lack of noise will calm the shredded nerves.
As with all sea kayaking trips, the route is eventually decided by the wind speed and direction and the capabilities of the paddlers.
As this trip is designed around health and wellbeing rather than a journey or a destination, there are many potential routes to choose from. The map indicates one of the many possible routes for the 2 days on the water.
Final route decisions will be made on the day after consultation between the guide and the groups.
What is health & wellbeing and why does it matter?
“Health is astate of complete physical, mental and social well-being – not merely the absence of desease, or infirmity.” – World Health Organisation, 1948
The UK National Health Service (NHS) reports there are 5 steps to mental well being. These are:
1. Connect with other people (spend time with a close friend)
2. Be physically active
3. Learn new skills
4. Give to others
5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
During stressful times such as these it is essential to have opportunities to create a balanced look at the circumstances, causes and effects. Your mental and physical health help determine the decisions you make and how you feel about life. Time spent on the ocean, getting physical exercise and sharing the experience with a friend or loved one has a lasting healing effect.
Visiting beautiful remote locations to have the time to reflect on the good things in life add balance to relieve the stress of everyday life.
Taking time away, to relax and chill reduces stress and creates a sense of well being.
Time in the wilderness, on the water or around the campfire, encourages sharing confidences, managing challenges and building better relationships. These are requirements for good mental health and relationships,especially after being cooped up all week.
By keeping the paddling distance short and the camping beach remote, results in people having more time to relax and get some peace and quiet. Some me time.
UK data Jan 2022 from more than 1,000,000 samples.
The sea kayaking environment is simply the best environment possible to NOT get or be able to transmit the COVID virus.
With added management techniques and conscious distancing when not on the ocean, the likelihood of contracting or passing on a virus is less than 0.001%.
While the benefits for participating in a sea kayak journey are medically regarded as of significant benefit for health and well-being during this pandemic.
In order to comply with existing regulations we now operate with groups of 2.
Sea kayaking by it’s nature is socially distanced. On a normal sea kayak trip, you actually have to make an effort to bring yourself within 5 meters of another kayak. However, to ensure we comply with all government regulations and still maintain our ocean safety standards we have designed a new operational plan for running these trips during the pandemic period.
Safety on the ocean is still our foremost concern, so our operational procedures ensure that our professional guides are at hand to ensure there are no safety issues during the trips, but they are always maintaining the legal / health social distance to ensure the protection of the paddlers from potential harrassment by authorities.
We have a detailed plan for the meeting place, the on water procedures, obviously the camp ground protocols and departure times.
We have a maximum of 3 groups of 2 on any trip to ensure we have ample space at our campsites to seperate the camping areas.
We supply all sea kayaking equipment (double sea kayaks, spraydecks, paddles, safety equipment etc), camping equipment (tents & sleeping mats but not a sleeping bag) and cooking equipment (stoves, cups, plates, pans, cutlery) + instructor for the trip.
You need to bring your clothes, a sleeping bag, food and drink.
When you book, you will get a full suggested packing list, plus a menu suggestion and packing list.
During this time of uncertainty, our cancellation policy has been updated to ensure anyone who books with us will know that they can postpone their trip to anytime in 2022 if they contract COVID after completing their confirmation payment.
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