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.

- 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. 

Novices - Fundamentals of sea kayaking - Getting it together

Proficiency paddlers - Surfing, Rolling, Expeditions

Leaders - Sea Guides and Instructors

sea kayak instruction programs to suit everybody..

Knowing how to enjoy the sea.

At Meridian Kayak we believe in putting the students' needs first.  Every student comes to us with a new set of expectations and ambitions. 
It is our mission to fullfill those ambitions

From the novice, having never paddled a sea kayak before through the skilled and experienced to outdoor adventure leaders seeking professional development opportunities. 

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!" 

Which course?
Novice Paddlers:   -Introduction to the sea kayak.
- Fundamentals of Sea Kayaking
Experienced Paddlers: - Proficiency / Advanced Course,
Leader / Instructor:  - AC Inc. Guide / Instructor.
Ian Ribbons in a Meridian "Cygnet" sea kayak Ian Ribbons - qualified Sea Instructor.

as well as designer of the Meridian "Cygnet" single sea kayaks.

All instructors employed on our courses are accredited qualified Sea Instructors.

Paddling tip!

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.

To book your place on any of our courses or to simply find out more, you can : 
- Phone the office - 0417 552 620 - and speak to someone directly who can answer any further questions,
- Simply use the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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