Intermediate Sea Kayaking
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A week long course for paddlers who want to improve their kayak handling and rough water skills, as well as boost their experience of practical and theoretical seamanship and navigation. More importantly this week will take you on a tour of some of the finest coastal trips the UK has to offer, broadening your experience and making sure you get the most out of each spectacularly scenic journey.
sea kayaking experience in a range of sea states up to force four winds and a good level of fitness that would enable you to paddle 15-20 miles per day.
With MEALS & Accommodation:
NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £400
Black = Open for booking
Green = Guaranteed to run (additional places are limited please email to enquire)
Red = Course fully booked
29 May - 02 Jun 2017
04 - 08 Sep 2017
18 - 22 Sep 2017
23 - 27 Oct 2017
Detailed Course Notes
You should be 18 years old to attend this course.
Who is it for?This course is aimed at paddlers with some kayaking experience in tidal waters. You should already have sea kayak control skills, and be able to:
- Paddle a sea kayak heading into, across and down a moderate wind
- Paddle a straight course and turn the boat using edge control and lean rather than merely paddle strokes
- Have effective support strokes and be able to cope with moderate seas
Course ContentOnce we have got used to the boats and assessed the group's needs, we will undertake several journeys by sea kayak. Whilst journeying, we intend to look at the following areas:
- Refine the foundation sea kayak handling skills
- Weather prediction
- Route planning
- Tidal planning and navigation
- Weather awareness
Sea Kayaking by John Dowd
Sea Kayak Navigation by Franco Ferrero
A Practical Guide to Sea Kayaking by Jeffs, Mansell and Stamp
What's Included In The Price?
Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.
If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:
Accommodation For This Course
Plas y Brenin Main House
Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.
If you are staying with us,
If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.
This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.
Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.
Also included if you chosen to add accommodation are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.
If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,
If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).
There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.
For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.
There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to.
On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.
For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.
If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.
You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or email@example.com.
What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?
- Personal paddling clothing
- Footwear to cope with bank and boat
- Swimming costume/trunks
- Warm clothes for when you get off the water
- Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Bouyancy aid
- Drinks bottle
- Lunch bag/box
- Personal first aid kit
- High factor sun screen
- Midge repellant
- Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)
- Notebook and pen
- Dry bag
- Spraydeck (if kayaking)
- Noseclip/ear plugs if you use them
The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.
- Paddling cag
- Buoyancy aid
- Dry bag
- Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)
- Spraydeck (if kayaking)
Our equipment stores stock wetsuits socks, noseclips and ear plugs which you can purchase if you find you need them during your course
Customer Reviews For This Course
Very enjoyable course. Weather was fairly rough, yet instructor managed to find options appropriate to the ability of the group. Came away feeling I had learned new theory & mastered new skills, as well as cementing already existing knowledge & skills. Leader was knowledgeable, approachable & supportive in his leadership Food was great. Beds a bit small & mattresses not the most comfortable. I will be returning for further courses & would recommend you to others.
Much more than expected
What a great five days. Paddling around different parts of Anglesey. A mix of weather conditions and sea states. Learn't about planning a paddle having backup plans If conditions changed, been flexible.
The course included an overnight camp. I thought I was to old and grumpy for camping but loved every minute.
PYB centre was perfect great food and accommodation. The bar was a great place to swap stories about your day with other coarses.
To sum up fun, challenging and a real boost of confidence.
Many thanks to James B and fellow paddlers for a memorable 5 days can't wait to do it again!
Great weekend sea kayaking at pyb.
very enjoyable course relaxed and informative, Karl mainlaine top instructor. had all the answers, let us progress at a nice pace. the sea trips were a delight. food and accomodation surperb. will book again for another weekend of fun and excitement on the waves.
A really enjoyable week. Lots of rough water (that seemed too rough at times) which under Dave's expert tuition was overcome.
It has really improved my confidence in moderate seas, and I'll be back next year for more!
Not found what you were looking for?
You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.