The sea can seem a bit scary at first. Developing self confidence in real paddling conditions is the key to survival and enjoying your sea kayaking. The techniques are actually very simple. Having the confidence to stay in the kayak, relax and use them when needed is the tricky part. Our painless and progressive instruction methods deal with this in detail.
Class sizes are kept small (max. 4 students to an instructor) to ensure individual attention A range of fully equipped sea kayaks is used to gain experience with different handling characteristics. Full catering to fuel the engine and protective clothing are provided to ensure warmth and comfort.
Something to think about. A responsible attitude to safety is paramount to sea kayaking. A respect for the sea is critical. "Don't argue with the sea... , it will win every time!"
All instructors employed on our courses are accredited qualified Sea Instructors.
Energy efficient and injury preventative paddling techniques! To some these two may seem to be at odds with each other. However, they are the same as each supports the other. Paddling Injuries mostly affect the wrists, forearms and shoulders and are usually associated with tendon strain, joint damage and nerve damage. Paddling injuries it would seem, occur together with inefficient and energy wasting techniques.
How does this happen? Energy is wasted when the arms are raised high in the air and often results in shoulder damage and forearm tissue damage.. Raising the upper arm above the shoulder joint causes undue wear and tear to the ball joint as well as possible dislocation during a bump or capsize. If the paddle is held too close to the body and the wrists are bent, the levering action is reduced thus causing excess force to be applied to the wrists and forearms.
Wrists and forearms are affected when excess weight is placed on bent wrists and when hands and fingers are squeezed on the paddle as in "pulling" the stroke. This can affect blood supply to the fingers and nerves.
How to fix it? ALL strokes require torso rotation. That means using the muscles in the upper body (back and abdomen) instead of the arms to do the work. When both shoulders rotate with the body, the arms, wrists and hands do not need to change shape or position on the paddle shaft. The upper hand will tend to push and the bottom hand to pull on the paddle shaft. Doing this will also relieve strain on the bicep muscles at the front of the upper arm.
A sea kayak is not a gymnasium. The effort required ought to be consistent and firm, not heavy and jerky. Efficient technique will beat brute strength any day.