Who's it for?
This 5-day course is suited to competent sea kayakers who are comfortable in moderate conditions. A great option for those who have previously completed a week long introduction course or similar. You must be happy paddling in a sea state 3 and have a fitness level to cover a distance of 15-20km per day.
The course is designed to gain courage in the ever-changing environment of the sea and to develop the skills and techniques needed to handle this. We will help you to progress your skills by introducing you to paddling in the local tide races, wind, waves and swell. We won’t shy away from a challenge and will search for appropriate conditions to challenge the group.
- Launching and landing in challenging environments
- Boat control in windy conditions
- Develop efficient forward paddling technique
- Introduction to playing in tidal streams
- Safety and rescue in ‘real-life’ conditions
- Group management and leadership skills
- Route planning to make the most of the tide, wind and waves
- Explore the local area, paddle in iconic tide-races
- Practice in different locations and search out moderate conditions
We have some of the most challenging waters on the west coast right at our doorstep, we look forward to showing you around. Depending on conditions, we will launch and land at different areas on the islands around the area.
The exact itinerary is open to change, we have included an example itinerary below. We have years of experience of living on an island and adapt what we do to the weather conditions and tides.
Sunday - Arrive at Easdale on the Isle of Seil by 4.30pm and travel to The Island by powerboat. Welcome meal and chat.
Monday - Sea kayak day paddle with a focus on progressing the skills and techniques you already have, ready to develop further. Finishing the day with a recap of rescue techniques.
Tuesday - Day paddle with a focus on searching out challenging conditions in the tide or swell. An introduction to tide-race session and applying rescue skills in moving water.
Wednesday - Long journey day to cover some miles and explore a location like the Garvellachs, an iconic trip, steeped in history.
Thursday - Kayak skill development and journey day. Practice is an important part of learning. Consolidate your skills with a journey you have planned, this is an important part of this course.
Friday – A play session in the ‘Grey Dogs’ tide race to apply all you have learnt throughout the week followed by a journey back to the Isle of Seil for departure by 5:30pm.
5 day sea kayak progression sessions
- Accommodation in twin shared room.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. (arrival dinner is also included on the Sunday night)
- Kayak/ activity instruction each day
- Boat transport to and from the island
- Use of all relevant equipment for sea kayaking (Kayaks, paddles, spray decks, buoyancy aids, cags (waterproof jacket), long-john wetsuits, small dry bags.