Intermediate Sea Kayaking

Felixstowe, Suffolk Coast
"I have attended this course twice now. On both occasions the teaching was exemplary. Skills learned followed on directly from..."
(7 customer reviews)
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Intermediate Sea Kayaking

Sea: Moderate. Duration: 6-7 hrs. Distance: +/- 4-6nm. Group Size: 6-12. Coaches: x2. Coach Ratio: 6:1. Incl: Kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid. Skills: Confident+. Fitness: Good. 

£229.99 p/seat

Progress your sea kayaking in deep, tidal water with advanced control & recovery skills. This Intermediate Kayak course follows on from the 'Intro to Sea Kayaking - Level 2'; equivalent to BC 3 Star level, roll not required but useful.

The Basics
- Planning & preparation.
- Interpreting tidal & weather forcasts
- Equipment & its uses
- Progressing your existing skills to vertical & horizontal moving water, small swell & surf to 3 feet.
- Deep water with tidal flow; moderate seas.
- Negotiating marine traffic & basic seamanship (rules of the road).
- Introduction to marine V.H.F. radios & demonstration.
- Practical towing; short & long tows.
- Refresh Assisted Recovery.
- Learn a Self-Recovery.
- Equipment & clothing check.

- Student MUST be able to perform a solid, well-executed assisted recovery in deep water.
- Carry at least two means of calling for assistance on their person.
- Have a spare (split) paddle on deck.
- An approved watersports helmet.
- Approved tow system. If not, please purchase one here Guide Rope Tow System.

- Starts at 10am, finishes 4-5pm dependant on weather & group.
- Straight forward skills & information you need to know, no B.S!
- You'll be safety conscious & aware of your environment & build a lot of confidence!
- SAVE 10% on the retail price!
- Have fun .... or why bother.

Award Winning Coaches
- Our coaching team has been recognised as highly commended.
- Amongst the most experienced coaches in the U.K with 18 years of full time experience on the sea globally.

All Inclusive
- The price you see is what you pay, no hidden costs.
- Everything you need to enjoy this experience is provided.

Options at your Discretion
- Select a different type of kayak to suit your needs.
- Ensure your valuables remain dry & secure with our optional Peli box range for hire or purchase.
- You can even opt for insurance that provides extra dates in case of unforeseen bad weather.
- You can use your own kayak & equipment if you choose to.

- Our fleet of kayaks are high quality & stable.
- We have 100% safety track record over 18 years!
- British Canoe & I.S.K.G.A trained & qualified, full time coaches.

Great exercise for core (abdominals, obliques & torso muscles).
- Fresh air, sunshine, wind, salt water!
- Rebuild your confidence learning skills you never thought you could.

Recommended Activity by the Mental Health Foundation
- See Thriving with Nature Guide.
- Tranquility & beauty.
- Open space & time with yourself
- Make new friends, make new memories.
- Focus on fun!

Offset your Carbon Footprint
- You can offset your personal carbon footprint for this event with a click of your mouse.
- You can even donate a tree sapling or hedging & visit your growing tree in years to come.

We don’t exceed twelve (12) students per course with two (2) coaches so there is a lot of focus on individual needs. We take a tailored approach to all of our courses.

To advance to our Advanced Basics for Sea Kayakers course you MUST be able to reliably Eskimo Roll on one side.
Learn to Eskimo Roll

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

Tony Sandles

May 16th 2021

This is a great course! Working in a small group of like minded kayakers who were keen to improve or practice their skills. Kurt guided us through a range of paddle strokes, assisted and self rescues, and towing techniques. Even though the Felixstowe ferry/Bawdsey area can look a little challenging, it's a perfect place to experience a variety of sea conditions, especially knowing Kurt and Becky are there looking out for you! Tony Sandles 20/5/21

Thank you, Tony, always good to have you with us.


Edward King

May 16th 2021

This was a great day of sea kayaking in stimulating and challenging water, for paddlers who have some knowledge and experience of what sea kayaking can entail. Great mix of practice, theory and paddling, with expert guides and tuition pitched at the right level for individuals. I was definitely at the lower end of the skills spectrum for this day, but if in doubt, Nomad are always happy to answer any questions.

Edward King

June 19th 2021

What a great day! Bespoke, focused support and guidance from Kurt and Becca. Plenty of skills development in a beautiful setting; lunch on a shoal in the estuary (pretty unique!) with seals looking on; playing in the surf before and after lunch; assisted and self-recovery techniques in both deep and shallow water to cater for different skill and confidence levels; a full day of sea kayak fun and coaching- everyone knackered and exhilarated at the close of play. The sea wasn’t too cold either ;) Thanks Nomad! Would highly recommend for anyone looking to move their skills to the next level from beginner to intermediate - what’s great is that the small group and the coaches’ ability enable the development to be tailored to individual needs - the day won’t be too hard or too easy! And all the skills can be taken away to enhance your paddling in other settings, including inland waterways, lakes, canals and rivers.

Myra VanInwegen

May 16th 2021

I've done rescues before with my local club, but this is the sort of thing that if you don't practice it, you forget it. So it was great to be reminded of all the techniques. And of course we got very wet!


Launch location

Bawdsey Quay, IP12 3AX

Next Departure time

4th August 2024, 10:00 AM


Kayaks are included in the listed price but students are recommended to use their own boat, paddle & buoyancy aid. Helmets & tow systems are required as well as at least two means of calling for assistance on your person.


On site and free

Additional Notes

*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.*

Kayaks  SOT's) are included in the listed price but students are recommended to use their own boat, paddle, and buoyancy aid. Helmets and tow systems are required. Sea Kayakers on this programme are expected to be ‘switched on’ & adequately equipped with the following as a minimum;

Bawdsey Quay, IP12 3AX

- Helmet.
- Spare split paddles on deck.
- Emergency grab bag.
- Practical & workable first aid kit.
- Spare warm clothing, food & fluids.
- Three means of calling for assistance e.g. marine VHF, flares, whistle, heliograph, strobe et cetera.
- Tow system & contact tow.

All gear must be secured below deck to minimise ‘flotsam’ & gear above deck secured to prevent it from floating off during capsize. Careful thought should be given to paddle parks. Students DO NOT need to roll their kayak although a roll on one side is helpful.

Please ensure your car keys and phone are secure and waterproofed. You can hire or buy a Peli waterproof case, either when booking or by telephone order. We won't be able to keep any other belongings for you; please leave these in your car or take them with you.