Advanced Basics for Sea Kayakers (2 Days)

Shotley Gate, Suffolk
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Advanced Basics for Sea Kayakers (2 Days)

This two day course is challenging & fun, pressure testing & refining your control skills to extend your kayaking skills in deep, tidal sea conditions.

£249.99 p/seat

This course is the next step in your development from the 'Intermediate Sea Kayaking’ course.

You have your paddle strokes and recoveries under your belt and you are effective in tidal water. Now, with our Advanced Basics for Sea Kayakers Course, we want to further develop your skills on open deep water. Emphasis is on advanced ‘basics’ focusing on the skills you need to extend your paddling adventures and and be safe in sometimes challenging positions. Students will need a dependable roll on one side and a good self-recovery. These skills will be extended to re-entry and roll in flat water initially and then extended to moving water on day two.

The course consists of two comprehensive training days taking in the sights and sounds of the lower Stour and Orwell estuaries and the rich maritime history of Harwich harbour. Day two is a full day at the mouth of the Deben estuary is moving water and small surf with a lot of fun to be had.

Participants should be very comfortable in their sea kayak and proficient in their control strokes before developing more advanced strokes and techniques. Each paddler should carry a personal tow line and a helmet and we will consider repair kits and grab bags as well as the methods for calling for assistance when out on the water. Cold water shock and hypothermia are key features for sea kayakers and we will look at both in some depth. We will break down our 'recovery' technique and ensure we are all completing recoveries as both the rescuer and the casualty, using the same method each time. This will require entering the water a number of times so come prepared. Recoveries may be conducted under pressure i.e. in small overfalls, strong flow up to 4-6 knots and in boating channels with flow.

COVID 19 - All of our courses now teach our newly developed 'Socially Distanced Assisted Recovery' approved for use in deep, tidal waters!

Our high instructor to client ratios will enable you to get a lot of individual feedback to inspire learning and so the groups are limited to eight (8) students with one coach and one assistant on any single program. NOMAD Sea Kayaking takes a tailored approach to all of our courses and this program is focused on guests wishing to further develop tidal sea kayaking skills. Training will take place in some moving water with the objective to improve your skills in sea state 3-4 in up to force 3-4 winds with horizontal and vertical sea movement – you will get wet! The training style is informal and relaxed. Please provide your logbook with an accurate record of all of your paddling, to your coach on the morning of your first day.

Sixteen years of age and over. Trained or untrained - which are you?

Review - J. Lee Smythe, 4th July 2016
Brilliant, great time had! Two days of comprehensive paddling and skills coaching. The rough water day was ROUGH but that helped to improve my rough water skills, particularly stopping to take a few seconds to assess and formulate before acting. Sometimes a casualty can just swim out of a feature. My coach was great, patient, knowledgeable, and skilled and he constantly took me out of my comfort bubble in safe environments. Admin after booking was a little slow but I did book over a bank holiday. If you're considering this course, book it!

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Our Navigation Course is for kayakers who want to plan their own, unguided trips.
Navigation; Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers 

Please ensure you complete your booking by assigning your seat to yourself - unallocated seats will not be allowed on the water. This is a full day on the water so please ensure you are packed for the day with enough food, fluids, and warm clothing.

Kurt (Coach)


Launch location

Opposite Bristol Arms Pub

Next Departure time

5th June 2021, 10:00 AM


Own sea kayak, buoyancy aid and paddle provided by student.


Free or pay & display.

Additional Notes

Sea Kayakers on this programme are expected to be ‘switched on’ and adequately equipped with the following as a minimum;

- Helmet.

- Spare split paddles on deck.

- Emergency grab bag.

- Practical and workable first aid kit.

- Spare warm clothing, food and fluids.

- Three means of calling for assistance e.g. marine VHF, flares, whistle, heliograph, strobe et cetera.

- Tow System and contact tow.

All gear must be secured below deck to minimise ‘flotsam’ and gear above deck secured to prevent it floating off during capsize. Careful thought should be given to paddle parks. Students will need a dependable roll on one side and a reliable self-recovery. *Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NOMAD Sea Kayaking trips, courses, wild camps and events. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing.*

Your Coach/Guide will have a secure key safe available for the duration of your course/trip BUT we will not accept liability for loss of your car keys. We also won't be able to keep any other belongings for you; please leave these in your car or take them with you.