This two day course will start in the classroom familiarising and discussing the publications and instruments we can use to help us make decisions about where and when to go sea kayaking.
The aim of the 2 days is to build on existing skills and knowledge which we hope will lead you to a better understanding of the sea. This skills and knowledge development will positively affect your own judgment and over this course we aim to hand over some decision making to you about where to go, when to go and how to go about it.
We will spend the majority of time 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.
We will take time to identify key features on the sea which, in turn allows us to recognise when the sea conditions are becoming more advanced. This tactical awareness is a key component to good decision making and this course will help you filter what’s important and what’s not.
Time will also be spent discussing and practising some rescue techniques and familiarise you with the rescue protocols used in UK waters.
We also aim to develop your reflective practise which will ultimately lead to better decisions being made in the nautical environment.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 P&H Sea Kayaks & 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 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.×