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Sea Kayak Improver

Course Overview

Does exactly what it says on the tin! Two days covering the essential areas of sea kayaking, navigation, safety and rescue.

You?ll spend the first morning in the classroom, looking carefully at how to plan sea trips including tidal and weather considerations before heading out onto the water to put it all into practice. Day two is all about staying safe on the water, dealing with incidents including towing, rescuing capsized paddlers and getting yourself back into your boat.

Experience Required

Competent sea kayaking skills.

With MEALS & Accommodation: £235

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £175

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Who is it for?
You should have a confident foundation of sea-kayak boat-handling skills. This would include moving forwards, backwards and turning in any direction in a variety of sea conditions. Attendance on our five day Introduction to Sea Kayaking course would generally be sufficient to ensure appropriate skill level. You should also be reasonably fit.


Course Content
This course will cover the essential areas of sea kayaking, navigations, safety and rescue. We intend to look at the following areas:



  • Planning sea trips including tidal and weather considerations

  • Safety on the water including towing, dealing with capsized paddlers and self rescue

The exact programme will depend on weather and sea conditions. However, all coaching will be based around coastal journeys and crossings if conditions permit.

Useful Books

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.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch


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. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

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
info@pyb.co.uk.

follow this link for more details





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

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Bouyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • 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

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • Throwline

  • 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.


  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • 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

Varied & pragmatic

Martin

This 2-day course had a day on a lake refreshing key paddling skills, towing, and rescues, followed by a day on day's journey on the N. Anglesey coast.
For the skills day I appreciated Dean's pragmatic approach to focussing on a few key skills, cutting out some of the more elaborate stuff you see elsewhere; and explaining the "why", not just "do this".
The day ended with a trip planning session for the next day, where we worked through the implications of tide & wind, having picked a location.
It was very instructive to experience those factors in real life, having had Dean's descriptions of what to expect (e.g. wind at headlands). Helps me to put verbal descriptions into some context. A nice side effect of PyB's equipment stock was I was able to try a different kayak each day to feel the different handling etc.
This was a full weekend, but avoided information overload.


Best course I've been on!

Dave Mulcahy

what a brilliant week covering all aspects of canoeing and the syllabus river running, breaking in out, ferry gliding, full on rescues, lining and polling and much more! Pete's instruction and leadership was excellent throughout and a total inspiration to me. Before the course I hadn't paddled for 2 years but now I not only feel ready to go for the assessment but also feel the course inspired me to get out and paddle for myself more. From this Ive decided to buy my own canoe and am presently biding for one on e-bay.
Any one debating about whether to do the 2-day training or the 5-day preparation should in my opinion seriously consider the 5-day.
Thanks again Pete and PYB.

Dave




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.

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