Intro to Sea Kayaking

Brightlingsea, Essex
A paddler climbing onto the rear of a kayak whilst doing a self recovery during a training course Two sea kayaks on the sea on a clear day A black carbon fibre Lendal paddle resting against a sea kayak on a beautiful shingle beach Safety equipment shown on the front deck of a sea kayak ready for a training course A white Celtic paddle split in two & resting on a sea kayak with another sea kayak in the background A recovery strop shown on the front deck of a sea kayak Two smiling kayakers on a beach with their paddles & kayaks A red sea kayak on the sea with the shoreline in the distance Brown green sea weed on a rock

Intro to Sea Kayaking

Take the next step & develop your fundamental paddling skills in deep, tidal water.

£179.99 p/seat

This Intro Sea Kayaking Course follows on from the 'Intro to Kayaking' course for new entrants to the sport of kayaking.

You should now have the basic personal skills to control and manage your kayak, paddling forward, turning and steering with a basic deepwater recovery. We paddle sit-on-top kayaks as standard, but decked, touring sea kayaks are also available. Our course is delivered on tidal, coastal waters with some minimal exposure to small swells and wind chop. The objective of this programme is to cement your existing skills learned on flat, non-tidal waters and to transfer these skills to (small seas) tidal waters. In other words, you're now progressing to the sea.

We will work through all of your strokes taught in the 'Intro to Kayaking' before moving on to your assisted recoveries. These will be done in the shallows first and then progressed to deep open water to build your confidence. The technique is different on a sit-on-top kayak versus decked, touring boats and so we'll spend some time perfecting these skills so that it works for you when you need it.

The day is spent out on the water paddling along a coastline as a day trip, coaching along the way. The focus on equipment will be on what you can and need to carry with you to keep warm, safe, well-fed and watered.

Participants are welcome to use their own craft if they have them and the programme lasts 6-8 hours depending on the student’s ability. We don’t exceed ten (10) students per course with two (2) coaches so there is plenty of focus on individual needs and we take a tailored approach to all of our courses. This also meets the 'Rule of Six' for COVID-19 restrictions. This programme is focused on guests wishing to develop tidal sea kayaking skills. 

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

Review - S. French, 14th August 2016
If you want to get on the water, especially after a period of time off, or to start to learn in tidal water, this is a fantastic way to do it. It was a wonderful day and each aspect we covered was clearly taught and fun to do. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to get out there again.

Intermediate Sea Kayaking

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

Please ensure that all of your guest seats are allocated - unallocated seats will not be allowed on the water (thank you). 
Kurt (Lead Guide)


Launch location

Brightlingsea Sailing Club

Next Departure time

9th May 2021, 10:00 AM


Sit on top kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid provided. Touring kayaks are available.


Pay & Display

Additional Notes

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.

There are public toilets nearby as well as hot food available throughout the week.

*Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NSK trips, courses, wild camps and events. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing.*