Specialist sea kayak skills
Unique Practical Sea Kayak Skills Courses
Howard Jeffs has designed these courses to take advantage of over 40 years of coaching and guiding experience and to provide the essential, practical skills you need to enjoy sea kayaking safely.
What’s included in the courses? The course costs cover coaching only. Equipment hire, food and accommodation expenses are extra. We can advise on local accommodation options and can sometimes arrange hire of equipment but ideally you will be self-sufficient.
Introduction to sea kayaking – 2 days – £175 Between 4 and 6 participants. This course is aimed at people with little or no kayaking experience or for those who would like to experience sea kayaking for the first time. We will initially look at personal equipment and then move onto the kayak itself. Once kitted out we will head out onto the water. A short safety brief, some simple turning skills and a few tips on forward paddling then we are off. Cruising in and out of the rocks, taking in the wildlife, this is the only way to travel on the water, silent except for the splash of your paddle! Over the weekend we will develop these skills further, and with a little theory thrown in to give you some background knowledge and keep you safe, you may even fancy having a try at a capsize, however tipping over is not compulsory! The course will be based on a level similar to that of the British Canoeing, One & Two Star certificated awards, which could be undertaken as an addition to the Introduction course. The course will usually be run in Pembrokeshire and based in a simple hostel.
Progression/improver sea kayaking – 2 days – £175 4 participants.This is not an introductory course, but will continue on from what you have learned during our ‘Introduction to Sea Kayaking’ course, or your own previous skills. You need at least a couple of day’s previous paddling experience to attend this course, or have, or be at the BC One Star standard. Building on your previous expertise we will spend both days undertaking a journey along the coastline, developing your technique and building your confidence. We will expand on some of the theoretical aspects of sea kayaking, in particular safety and planning, and at the end of the day, encourage folk to have a try at some simple rescues, however this is not compulsory. The course will be based on a level similar to that of the British Canoe, Two & Three Star certificated awards, which could be undertaken as an addition to the Progression/Improver course.
Introduction to Expedition sea kayaking – 2 days – £175 4 to 6 participants. Although a standalone course, these two days are specifically aimed as a progression to our ‘Introduction to Sea Kayaking‘ or ‘Progression/Improver’ course and/or ideally for those folk wanting to participate in any of our Expedition trips. Over the years, our experience has shown that, for people relatively new to the activity, some instruction in packing kayaks, perhaps camping and using a stove for the first time will greatly increase your enjoyment and prepare you well for Expedition Sea Kayaking. The course will be a balance of theory and practical. First we will look at the additional equipment you will be using, experiment with stoves, tents etc and how to pack efficiently. A practical session on boat trim and how it can affect your kayak’s performance then time to try and physically pack all this equipment into your kayak! After some lunch, we then head out in our loaded kayaks to a sheltered campsite for the night, putting everything we have discussed into practice. After a hearty breakfast we will repack and continue our journey, finishing the day possibly looking at some rescue and emergency skills. The course will usually be run on Anglesey and based in a simple hostel for the Friday night. You will be supplied with a sample of our exceptional expedition food which we take on all our trips: no tins of beans or dried food here. Jointly we will prepare a meal for us all ‘fit for a king’, perhaps finishing with a sip of a classic malt.
An introduction to the Dynamic Water Environment – 2 days – £175 4 participants. This two day course is aimed at paddlers who have little or no experience of paddling in Tide Race or Overfall type conditions, or perhaps for someone who has had an unpleasant experience in this dynamic water environment and wishes to improve their skills, experience and/or confidence. Based on Anglesey staying at Anglesey outdoors, we have a variety of tidal conditions to choose from and access to the pool at Plas-y-Brenin for a warm capsize / rolling practice. First thing will be a short theory session on flowing water and how we can use this to our advantage. We will then head down to the Menai Straits to work on handling or kayaks in the curent. Depending on weather, tidal conditions and ability, the following day we will explore one of Anglesey’s many excellent tidal features.
Introduction to surf for sea kayakers – 2 days – £175 4 to 8 participants. This two day course is aimed at paddlers who have little or no experience of paddling in a surf environment, or perhaps for someone who has had an unpleasant experience in this dynamic water environment and wishes to improve their skills, experience and/or confidence. Based in Newgale, Pembrokeshire, we have a variety of surf beaches to choose from. First item on the agenda will be a short theory session on how swell is generated and how this interacts when it reaches the shore. We will then head down to a safe beach and look at how we paddle out and back in through the surf without taking a swim! Depending on weather, surf conditions and ability, the following day we will probably explore another of Pembrokeshire’s excellent surf beaches and look at ways to master the waves!
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