Intro to Sea Kayaking - Level 1

Brightlingsea, Essex
"I had an excellent day and learned a lot. There was more on-shore coaching than I expected, but I could..."
(15 customer reviews)
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Intro to Sea Kayaking - Level 1

For those who want to learn the basics of sea kayaking in tidal waters & have never paddled before. This is the next step from our Introduction to Kayaking course, venturing into deep, tidal water.

£169.99 p/seat

This 'Intro to SEA Kayaking' Level 1 Course follows on from the 'Introduction to Kayaking' programme. This course is suitable for anyone who completed the 'Introduction to Kayaking' course &  understands the basics of handling a sit-on-top or decked kayak but has never been in deep tidal waters amongst other moving vessels. If you consider this course, you should have the basics under your belt. This is not the course to be paddling in a decked kayak for the first time. For this, the 'Introduction to Kayaking' course is more suitable.

You should have an understanding of the elementary manoeuvres to control your kayak (sit-on-top & touring kayaks). You'll paddle in deep, tidal water amongst other vessels, learning the basic 'rules of the road'.  You'll develop the basic skills while gaining experience on the water in 'real world scenarios'. How & where to cross boating lanes, where to (and not to) land & launch, what is permissible & what is not?

Your strokes will be improved & you'll be exposed to 'edge' and 'leans' and improve your 'assisted recovery' in deep water. We work through all of the strokes taught in the 'Intro to Kayaking' before moving to recoveries. The technique for recoveries is different on a sit-on-top kayak versus decked, touring boats so we'll spend some time perfecting these skills so it works for you when you need it.

We provide your kayak which you select when you place your booking & sit-on-top kayakers are welcome. Students can use their own craft if they have them & this is recommended. The programme lasts 6-8 hours depending on the student’s/groups ability & individual needs. We try not to exceed ten (10) students per course and we use two (2) coaches & 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. 

This event meets the Rule of Six for COVID-19.  Sixteen years of age & over. Trained or untrained - which are you?

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

23rd July 2022, 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.

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