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  Sea Kayaking Courses </font></i>
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  <b> <font face="Comic Sans MS" size =4 > SEA KAYAKS <br>
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  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Meridian_Kayak_Cygnet.htm#MKSeakayaks">Meridian Kayaks </a> <br>
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Meridian_Kayak_Cygnet.htm#woodseakayaks">Wooden Sea Kayaks</a> <br>
  <font face="Verdana" size =4 > ADVENTURES <br>
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  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Meridian_Kayak_about.htm">About us</a> <br>
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Meridian_Kayak_Info.htm">Destinations...</a> <br>
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Sea_Kayak_Tours.htm">Sea Kayaking Eco-Tours</a><br>
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction.htm">Tuition Programs</a> <br>
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Sea_Kayak_Calendar.htm">Dates.</a> <br>
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  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="#contacting">Contact us</a><br>
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  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="#Fundamentals_Courses">Novices</a>
  Fundamentals of sea kayaking - Getting it together</p>
  <p><a style="text-decoration: none" href="#Prof_Cse">Proficiency paddlers</a>
  - Surfing, Rolling, Expeditions</p>
  <p><a style="text-decoration: none" href="#AC_Leaders">Leaders </a>
  - Sea Guides and Instructors
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  <font size=5 face="Verdana" color="#006600"><em><strong>sea kayak
  tuition programs to suit everybody..</strong></em></font></span></p>
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  Knowing how to enjoy the sea.</i></u></b></p>
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  <b><font size="2" face="Verdana">At Meridian Kayak we believe in putting
  the students&#39; needs first.&nbsp; Every student comes to us with a new
  set of expectations and ambitions.&nbsp; <br>
  </font><font color="#000099"><font face="Verdana"> It is our mission to fulfil those ambitions
  </font><font size="2" face="Verdana">.&nbsp;</font></font></b><font size="2" face="Verdana"> </font></p>
  <font size="2" face="Verdana">From the <a href="#Fundamentals_Courses">novice</a>,
  having never paddled a sea kayak
  before through the <a href="#Prof_Cse">skilled and experienced</a> to outdoor adventure
  <a href="#AC_Leaders">leaders</a> seeking professional
  development opportunities.&nbsp; </font></p>
  <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">The sea can seem a bit scary at first.&nbsp;
  Developing self confidence in real paddling conditions is the key to survival and
  enjoying your sea kayaking.&nbsp; The techniques are actually very
  simple.&nbsp; Having the confidence to stay in the kayak, relax and use
  them when needed is the tricky part.&nbsp; Our painless and&nbsp;
  progressive instruction methods deal with this in detail.</font></p>
  <p><font face="Verdana" size="2">Class sizes are kept small (max. 4
  students to an instructor) to ensure&nbsp; individual attention&nbsp; A
  range of fully equipped sea kayaks is used to gain experience with different handling
  characteristics.&nbsp; Full catering to fuel the engine and protective
  clothing are provided to ensure warmth and comfort.</font></p>
  <font face="Verdana" size="2"><b>Something to think about</b>.&nbsp; A
  responsible attitude to safety is paramount to sea kayaking.&nbsp; A
  respect for the sea is critical.&nbsp; <i><b>&quot;Don&#39;t argue with the sea... ,&nbsp; it will win every time!&quot;&nbsp; </b></i>
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  <b> Which course? </b>
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  <td width="18%"><font face="Verdana" size="2">Novice Paddlers:&nbsp;</td>
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  &nbsp;-<a target="_self" href="#Fundamentals_Courses" style="text-decoration: none">Introduction to the sea kayak.</a><br>
  <a target="_self" href="#Fundamentals_Courses" style="text-decoration: none">Fundamentals of Sea Kayaking</a></td>
  <td width="38%"><font face="Verdana" size="2">Experienced Paddlers:</td>
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  <a target="_parent" href="#Prof_Cse" style="text-decoration: none">Proficiency / Advanced Course,</a></b>
  <td width="38%"><font face="Verdana" size="2">Leader / Instructor:</td>
  <td width="62%"><font face="Verdana" size="2">&nbsp;- <a href="#AC_Leaders" style="text-decoration: none">AC Inc. Guide / Instructor.</a>
  <td >
  <img border="0" src="images/MKSingle_05.jpg" width="300" height="230"
  align="left" hspace="3" alt="Ian Ribbons in a Meridian &quot;Cygnet&quot; sea kayak">
  <font face="Verdana" size="2" >Ian Ribbons - Aust. Canoe Inc. qualified
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Meridian_Kayak_about.htm#NTP1">Sea Instructor and Assessor</a>.</p>
  <p>as well as designer of the
  <a style="text-decoration: none" href="Meridian_Kayak_Cygnet.htm#MeridianSingle">Meridian &quot;Cygnet&quot;
  </a>single sea kayaks.</p>
  All instructors employed on our courses are accredited to at least AC Inc. qualified Sea Instructors.
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  <u><i><b><font face="Verdana" size="2"><a name="Paddling tip!"> Paddling tip!</a></font></b></i></u><p>
  <font face= "Verdana" size="2"> Energy efficient and injury preventative
  paddling techniques!<br> </font></b>
  <font face="Verdana" size="2"> To some these two may seem to be at odds
  with each other.&nbsp; However, they are the same as each supports the
  other.&nbsp; <br>
  Paddling Injuries mostly affect the wrists, forearms and shoulders and
  are usually associated with tendon strain, joint damage and nerve
  damage.&nbsp; Paddling injuries it would seem,&nbsp; occur together with
  inefficient and energy wasting&nbsp; techniques.</font><p>
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  <b>How does this happen?&nbsp; </b>Energy is wasted when the arms are
  raised high in the air and often results in shoulder damage and forearm&nbsp;
  tissue damage..&nbsp; 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.<br>
  If the paddle is held too close to the body and the wrists are bent,&nbsp;
  the levering action is&nbsp; reduced thus causing excess force to be
  applied to the wrists and forearms.&nbsp;&nbsp; </font></td>
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  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
  &quot;pulling&quot; the stroke.&nbsp; This can affect blood supply to the fingers
  and nerves.</font><p>
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  <b>How to fix it?</b><font size="2"><br>
  ALL strokes require torso rotation.&nbsp; That means using the muscles
  in the upper body (back </font>
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  &nbsp;</font><font size="2">and abdomen) instead of the arms to do the
  work.&nbsp; When both shoulders rotate with the body, the arms, wrists
  and hands do not need to change shape or position on the paddle shaft.&nbsp;
  The upper hand will tend to push and the bottom hand to pull on the
  paddle shaft.&nbsp; Doing this will also relieve strain on the bicep
  muscles at the front of the upper arm.&nbsp;&nbsp; </font></p>
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  A sea kayak is not a gymnasium.&nbsp; The effort required ought to be
  consistent and firm, not heavy and jerky.&nbsp; Efficient technique will
  beat brute strength any day.</font></td>
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  Introduction to
  Sea Kayaking Course. (1 Day) </font>
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  <i>What is sea kayaking?<br>
  What's the attraction? <br>
  Can I do this?&nbsp; Is it for me?&nbsp; How do I get started?&nbsp; <br>
  </i>All your questions are answered on this specially designed
  <a href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Intro.htm#1DayIntrocse">
  1 Day &quot;Introduction to the sea kayak</a>&quot; course.
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  The aim is to simply get you aquainted
  with sea kayaking. We begin with a tour of the sea kayak's
  features (safety and convenience), accessories and gear used in sea
  kayaking. Then onto the water for some energy efficient and injury
  preventative paddling techniques so you can make the kayak go where you
  want it to go.&nbsp; Once you are comfortable in the sea kayak, its off
  on a short tour of the bay taking our lunch with us.&nbsp; Along the way
  you will be introduced to rescue techniques and some seamanship theory
  such as weather, navigation, planning, etc.</font>
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  <b>NO </b>previous experience is required as this course is designed for
  the novice in particular.&nbsp; People with disabilities are encouraged
  to attend this course.&nbsp; Until you have a go you will never know
  what you are capable of.<br>
  The only prerequisite is a sense of fun and adventure as well as a
  desire to expand your horizons.
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  Sea Kayaking Fundamentals Courses.
  2 Day or 4 Day durations.</font></b></center>
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  A perfect introduction to the fundamentals of sea kayaking required to enjoy fun
  and safe sea kayaking.
  <a target="_parent" href="Meridian_Kayak_Info.htm#video">Watch a video..</a>
  <p> 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).&nbsp; Instead of teaching beginners to paddle like
  beginners, we teach you how to start using and developing sound techniques.&nbsp;
  That is why we prefer to call it &quot;<i><b>fundamental skills</b></i>&quot; rather than
  &quot;beginner skills&quot;.<p>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 <b>solid foundation</b> for the more intrepid.
  <p><b>NO </b>previous experience is required as both courses begin with
  basic stroke technique, rescues and seamanship theory.
  <br>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)
  <br> The only prerequisite is a sense of fun and adventure and a
  moderate level of fitness.
  <p align="center"><b>Options to choose.
  Wilsons Prom - residential courses:
  <a href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Intro.htm#2DayIntro_Cse">2 Day </a>
  <a target="_self" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Intro.htm#4DayWProm_Cse">and 4 Day
  Port Philip Bay :&nbsp;
  <a target="_self" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Intro.htm#2DayIntroCse">
  2 Day sea kayaking courses</a>&nbsp;
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  <p><a NAME="Prof_Cse"></a><b><i><u>
  <font color="#000000" face="Verdana">
  <a href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_SeaSkills11.htm#Prof_Cse" style="text-decoration: none">Sea Proficiency and Advanced Skills.&nbsp;
  </a> </font></u></i></b></center>
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  on the Fundamentals Sea skills, these instructional
  days are a fun way of
  developing and refining more skills to enjoy extended sea kayak touring.
  Practical skills days with surf up to one metre for Proficiency and two meters for Advanced.
  Plus expedition style
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  <b> Surfing!
  Rolling! Expeditions! Stroke technique! Wow! </b>
  <font size=2 color="#000000" face="Verdana">
  <a target="_self" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_SeaSkills11.htm#Prof_Cse">Course details.</a></font>
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  <b> <img border="0" src="images/MKSingle_104A.jpg" width="308" height="234"
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  Sea Instructor and Sea Guide Award Courses.
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  Meridian Kayak offers opportunities for leadership training in the sea
  kayak industry. Globally, sea kayaking is the fastest developing nature
  based adventure activity with an increasing need for competent and well
  qualified staff.
  <p><font size=2 color="#000000" face="Verdana">
  <a target="_self" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Leadership.htm">Sea guides</a></b> lead
  a variety of sea kayaking activities as well as extended expeditions into remote places and are
  responsible for the well being of their clients.
  <a target="_self" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Leadership.htm">
  <b>Sea Instructors</b> </a>are charged with the responsibility of instructing
  students in a broad range of sea kayak skills and knowledge.
  <p>Our innovative training programs are designed
  to equip adventure leaders with the necessary skills to secure employment
  in this exciting and growing industry.
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  align=right></font></i></b></font><p>Meridian Kayak has a variety of options to gain skills and qualifications.
  <br>All Australian Canoeing Inc. Sea Instructor competencies are covered in these
  <a target="_self" href="Sea_Kayak_Instruction_Leadership.htm">Course
  details are explained in full..</a></font><p align="center">
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