Knowhow

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Skills

Places to kayak

How to keep a kayak tracking straight.

To many paddlers this is one of the most difficult things to do. Somehow the kayak seems to have a mind of its own as it meanders in all directions over the sea. Then suddenly deciding to turn at right angles to your intended course. Very frustrating as you madly try to correct by paddling furiously on one side, only to discover it wants to turn more. At about this time the frustrated paddler is more likely to get out and attempt to walk home !! There are obviously a number of reasons this happens.

Introduction to sea kayaking

Becoming an advanced level paddler with exceptional kayaking skills can be a lifelong expedition, but every journey starts with the simple step of getting started. For a beginner to kayaking the sea or just about any water, can seem a bit scary at first. Developing self confidence in real paddling conditions is the key to your safety and to enjoying your sea kayaking. A qualified instructor can employ a range of painless and progressive instructional methods to make the learning process easier and more fun. The techniques are actually quite simple. Developing the confidence to stay in the kayak, relax and use those skills when needed can be an awesome journey. With effective instruction there is no sea kayaking skill too advanced for the beginner. In learning the “fundamentals" of paddling will build a good foundation for further skills development. .

The same techniques that apply in calm water also apply in advanced sea conditions (only better done with more practice and experience). Instead of teaching beginners to paddle like beginners, I prefer to instruct in how to start using and developing good techniques. That is why I prefer to call it "fundamental skills" rather than "beginner skills" In the articles that follow we’ll cover the absolute fundamentals: how to get in and out of your kayak, how to move it through the water with a minimum of effort and what to do if you fall over.

The following is a starting point, not the end of the journey. As with any skill, proficiency takes practice and experience. Taking a lesson from a qualified instructor can certainly help. However, there is no substitute for time spent on the water in a kayak. 

A perfect introduction to the fundamentals of sea kayaking required to enjoy fun and safe sea kayaking. Watch a video..

The "Fundamentals" of these courses will build a good foundation for further skills development. With effective instruction there is no sea kayaking skill too advanced for the beginner. The same techniques that apply in calm water also apply in advanced sea conditions ( only better done with more practice and experience).  Instead of teaching beginners to paddle like beginners, we teach you how to start using and developing good techniques. 
That is why we prefer to call it "fundamental skills" rather than "beginner skills".

The course content is mostly practical - sea kayak paddling skills with some theory covering seamanship such as a working knowledge of weather, tides, trip preparation, and responsibilities. The courses are conducted on sheltered waters with low waves up to 1/2 metre. The ideal primer to lakes and estuary paddling and a solid foundation for the more intrepid.

NO previous experience is required as all courses begin with basic stroke technique, rescues and seamanship theory.
From there our fully qualified Sea Instructors will continue to progress you through more proficient skills of surf negotiation, coastal navigation, weather prediction and of course Inuit (Eskimo) rolling!.
The only prerequisite is a sense of fun and adventure and a moderate level of fitness.
Options to choose..

 - 1 Day Intro to sea kayaking

2 Day Sea kayak skills  on Port Philip Bay

4 Day Sea Proficency courses OR 2 Day Sea Skills courses

 

1 Day - Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course

Port Philip Bay

The Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course is a fun way to get started in sea kayaking and is especially designed for first-time paddlers.

Held on just Sundays, the Into. to Sea Kayaking courses are held every 4 weeks on Port Philip Bay.

This course is a condensed version of the 2 day course but is certainly not a compromise on quality or instruction.  Covering safety features of the kayaks, stroke technique and rescues along with a scenic tour in real sea kayak territory.
Get a solid grounding in fundamental sea kayaking skills whilst focusing on your safety and enjoyment on the water all under expert tuition.

This course is held on Port Philip in usually sheltered conditions.

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- Intro to sea kayaking Course outline
 

PRICE: 1 Day - Intro to Sea Kayaking  $155 per person
Course fee includes: Single sea kayak, paddling gear, lunch and snacks plus course materials. 

 

Introduction to Knowing how to enjoy the sea.

This is an intro to the following article.

This article is about places to go sea kayaking or paddling. Sea kayaks in particular are very suited to getting to places on or near the water that most other modes of travel will not permit. 

Their shallow draft makes them idea for travelling in shallow water, perhaps only 4 inches or 100 mm deep.  Crossing over low tide mud flats is just about impossible while walking, not to mention the ecological damage being done to the fragile ecosystem in the inter tidal zone.  Sea grasses, soft corals and small animal olife just to mention a few examples.

Or narrow winding channels with overhanging branches and other obstacles.  Choppy seas and rough surf zones make other larger less robust or sea worthy craft difficult to land. or even less likely embark with safety.  This may seem a bit extreeem to some but I have often landed through a surf zone and them embarked which would otherwise be impossible in a motor boat or especially a sail craft.  While say an inflatable may work well in a surf zone it does not cross very shalow water easily.

 

Subcategories

Sea kayak skills covers just about everything you need to know and how to do it.  With more skills and knowledge sea kayaking become easier, more fun and safer.

These articles we share are the result of many years experience as a sea instructor and guide.  

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