The time will come when you have to land your kayak through surf. Even very small surf can be intimidating if you don’t know how to handle it. This course is about how to get ashore, upright and with dignity. You learn how to read the waves, and the skills you need to avoid being picked up and dumped. In the process you do also learn how to surf, and once you have the skills, this is great fun, and looks really impressive!
We start in knee deep water and progress at your own pace. This course is suitable for confident beginners, and will increase your ability in paddling in rough water. We supply kayaks, paddles and helmets.
What you’ll learn:
- Waves & Water Reading
- Beach topography
- Timing is everything
- How to set up your kayak
- Beach launching through waves
- Kayak Support Strokes
- Steering with your paddle
- Edging or railing your kayak to gain control
- Wave avoidance
- Catching a wave
- Beach landing successfully
This is a half day course.
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