WA is blessed with a wonderful environment for sea kayaking. With many months of excellent weather conditions throughout the year and the wide expanse of the Indian Ocean on our doorstep, there are many possibilities to enjoy paddling on the ocean and wider expanses of enclosed water.
Sea kayaking also has risks that are not present in other forms of paddling. It is for this reason we recommend those interested in progressing into this area of the sport undertake appropriate skills and specific training to enable them to enjoy the activity competently and safely.
1. Introduction to Sea Kayaking
The course can be tackled by novices or by those who have some limited experience and have maybe just bought their first sea kayak.
It is ideal for those new to paddling who are planning some sea kayaking activity either in Perth or at some holiday destination.
Whether you own your own craft or use our equipment, we will ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to start this wonderful form of paddling. Please note: We can tailor an introduction to sea kayaking course for you depending on your skills and prior experience, or special destination objectives. We often train people planning an adventure trip to the Antarctic.
Learning to sea kayak requires a combination of skills and knowledge to enable you to undertake paddling on the ocean. Our introduction course is one full-day and two half-days covering:
- Essential Knowledge
A half-day session that will cover important knowledge such as the equipment used, compliance with regulations, weather, tides, navigation, trip planning and risk management, safety suggestions and equipment preparation. We provide a knowledge and skills framework for you to understand what you are doing.
- Paddling skills
Before embarking on an ocean paddle, we first need to be thoroughly familiar with a sea kayak on sheltered water. This full-day session has a similar structure to our Initial Skills class, with emphasis on skills specific to sea kayaking, including the paddling strokes, bracing, and self and group rescue skills. The course is conducted either using your own kayak and equipment or our craft if you do not own a suitable kayak.
- An ocean or open water excursion
The third component is a half-day sea kayaking tour in light to moderate ocean or open water conditions. We will cover recognition of hazards, easy beach landings, and many of the other skills required to help you start your sea kayaking program in easy conditions.
Course Duration – 1 Full Day and 2 Half Days Click here for booking info