The majority of this course takes place on the sea where we introduce you to the holistic aspects of the sport of sea kayaking. We will spend time at the start of the course learning about sea kayak design and how this affects manoeuvrability. We will also take time to learn about tides and how we predict their movement. Similarly we will learn about weather forecasting and how the combination of tides and weather play such an important part in decision making.
We will spend the majority of this course on the water putting what we have learnt in the classroom into practical application on the sea. You will receive coaching along the way, making the best use of time and the conditions to allow you to explore in your sea kayak.
Time will also be spent discussing and practising some simple rescue techniques and familiarise you with the rescue protocols used in UK waters. We will have the chance to explore the beautiful coastal waters around Cumbrae and beyond, and during the week we will develop skills at a pace which suits your objectives. In essence the pace of learning will be dictated by you.
By the end of the week we hope that you will leave with a heightened enthusiasm for sea kayaking and we will offer individual feedback on how to help you develop within the sport.
This five day Discover Sea Kayaking course is designed for complete beginners and no pre-course experience is necessary.
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 P&H Sea Kayaks & Werner Paddles.
Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suits, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aids, spray decks and cag tops are 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 talking through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of what is 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.×
On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.
Main timings of our day are:
Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs
All meals are served in the dining area.
Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.
Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.
If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.×