Intro to Sea Kayaking - Level 1

Brightlingsea, Essex
"My only grumble is the reviewing page does not specify if 1 or 5 is the highest, so I’ve scored..."
(21 customer reviews)
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Intro to Sea Kayaking - Level 1

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

£189.99 p/seat

This is the next step from our Introduction to Kayaking course, venturing into deep, tidal water.

The Basics
- Three stages; 1. Clothing & Equipment Check & Summary 2. Water session teaching basic strokes. LUNCH 3. Introduction to Tow System (short/long) & Assisted Recovery.
- Starts at 10am, finishes 4-5pm dependant on weather & group.
- Straight forward Sea Kayaking skills & Knowledge you need to know without the  B.S!
- Having fun .... or why bother!
- You'll leave capable, confident & enthused!

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.

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.

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

- 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.

Low Impact
Kayaks are low impact & friendly to birdlife, marine mammals & sea life.
- No engine noise.
- No water pollution.
- Gentle & slow.
- Interaction Policy is in place which minimises any stress on animals (or paddlers). *See note at bottom of page.

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!

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

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.

An essential day course for anyone wanting to be safe on the sea in tidal waters & have the skills to manage their kayak effectively.

*NOMAD Sea Kayaking maintains a strict Interaction policy, which means we don’t approach any wild animals, bird, terrestrial or marine. This minimises their stress. This policy has been in place for the past fourteen years of our operations

We take a tailored approach so there's plenty of focus on individual needs. This course focuses on guests wishing to develop real world, tidal sea kayaking skills.

Intro Sea Kayaking - Level 2

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

Edward King

May 22nd 2021

This course does exactly what it says on the tin, and, what’s great about Nomad, is they’re always happy to talk if you have any questions before, during and after. If you want to give sea kayaking a go, and you want to get it right, then this is the ideal course, with a mixture of practice, theory, and paddling, in beautiful and stimulating surroundings. The assisted recovery is definitely a highlight of the day and an empowering technique to add to your repertoire.

Paul Purkiss

July 24th 2021

My only grumble is the reviewing page does not specify if 1 or 5 is the highest, so I’ve scored it a five believing it to be the highest. A great day out with the team and one signed-up member in support, great personalities buoyed everyone up, the course covered paddling strokes to supported rescues, even if you think you know all this the team will polish your act. A great day out and a nice long lunch.

Eric Weight

July 24th 2021

A most enjoyable and informative day. I was surprised and pleased at how thoroughly the subject was covered and I learned a great deal. I shall be booking again. Thank you both. Eric Weight

Nick Summers

July 24th 2021

An excellent day out! A well balanced course with just the right amount of instruction and time in the water. Kurt and Becky did a great job of coaching in sea and made it fun too. They somehow managed to cater for all levels of ability and this mixed with skills brought about from their own extensive kayaking knowledge made it invaluable to the aspiring small craft sea fairer! Essential if your getting out on the water!


Launch location

Brightlingsea Sailing Club, CO7 0DY

Next Departure time

21st July 2024, 10:00 AM


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


Pay & Display

Additional Notes

We won't be able to store your belongings for you; please leave these in your car or take them with you. You can hire Peli waterproof box for your event when you place your booking; these are 100% waterproof and sized to fit your mobile phone, wallet, & electronic car keys. There are public toilets nearby.

Ensure you read our guidance notes & dress (layer) correctly; NO denim & NO cotton clothing please.

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