Sea kayak sailing has grown in popularity and this practical introductory course will teach you the basics to get the most out of your rig and kayak.
This 5 day introductory course is designed for those who are new or relatively new to sea kayaking and to sea kayaking sailing. Sailing your kayak is a new development within the sport and we will use P&H sails and rigs on P&H Scorpio kayaks. We will dedicate an appropriate amount of time discussing the sea kayak sail design and how fundamental body movements will react with the boat.
The course aims to be as practical as possible and each day we will take part in a journey. During these journeys we will cover a multitude of topics including how to deploy your sail, how to set it and how to retract it. We aim to coach along the way, giving you the skills for you to control your sea kayak and set you sail to get the most out of it. In addition, we will talk about the physics involved in setting the sail for optimum efficiency as well as what to do in the event of an incident or capsize.
Our aim is for you to leave the five days with an increased motivation to continue in the sport.Equipment and Kit Information
Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The centre is in a perfect location for Sea Kayaking and we have a wide range of modern equipment from some the UK’s leading manufactures including Flat Earth Sails, P&H & Werner Paddles.
Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suit, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aid, spray deck and cag top is available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course to talk you through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of whats best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter.
You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.
Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.×