Introduction to Kayaking

Orwell Estuary, Suffolk
"We had a fantastic Sunday with you. I am quite used to being on the water but had never tried..."
(10 customer reviews)
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Introduction to Kayaking

A ‘must do’ entry level course for new paddlers. The fundamentals of safe paddling without treating you like children.

£159.99 p/seat

This is the ideal sea kayaking introduction course for new entrants to the sport of kayaking, particularly complete beginners with no or very little paddling experience.

The objective of this programme is to give the participants a good, clear & realistic understanding of what paddle sports are all about. We'll paddle in tidal water with no rough conditions, swells, or surf. We spend some time on the water coaching basic strokes to allow you to confidently manage & control your kayak, moving forwards & backward. We'll run through an 'assisted recovery' in shallow water first & then finish off with a deepwater recovery to ensure you'll be safe when out on the water. This is demonstrated in both sit-on-top kayaks and decked kayaks as needed. These exercises build confidence & are completed in the shallows before moving into deep water. You’ll then be guided through all the considerations you need to be mindful of when purchasing a kayak, paddles, safety equipment, & clothing, all without wasting money on ‘stuff’ you simply won't need. 

This course is for beginner paddlers and we use “Scupper Pro 2” sit-on-top kayaks which are very stable, fast & responsive & great for learning. Decked kayaks are available for those who require them, simply make your selection when you place your booking. Participants are welcome to use their own craft if they have them. We don’t exceed ten (10) students per course with two (2) coaches so there is plenty of focus on individual needs & we take a tailored approach to all of our courses. This also meets the 'Rule of Six' for COVID-19 until the end of June 2021.

This programme accommodates guests wishing to develop skills for kayak fishing, leisure sit-on-top kayaking, river paddling & of course tidal sea kayaking skills.

COVID 19 - This course now teaches our newly developed 'Socially Distanced Assisted Recovery' approved for use in deep, non-tidal waters!

This is one of our most popular courses & a good, fun way to get started & build your confidence.

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

Review - K. Laredo-Vince, 6th November 2016
I started sea kayaking in July this year and my first experience was the non-tidal course at Alton Water. I was relaxed, comfortable, and reassured from the beginning. Kurt’s approach is friendly and professional. He helps, teaches, and guides you in accordance with your level and ability, and at a speed that you are comfortable with – a perfect balance. Communication and contact before the day was spot on, with a detailed itinerary being among it (so you knew exactly where you had to be, at what time and what you needed to take with you). I learned so much that day, loved every minute, and got hooked!

THE NEXT COURSE IN THE SERIES:
Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start to pay for parking and get yourselves prepped.

Nigel Walter

May 2nd 2021

Great course, equally split between theory and practical time out on the water. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended - so much so, we’ve already booked our next event.....! Thanks again to Kurt and Becky - see you again soon!

Great to meet you both! We loved your ‘get stuck in’ attitude and know that you will both be great as you expand your paddling skills. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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Bruce Pearce

May 2nd 2021

Kurt and Bex, Thank you! We had a wonderful day and learnt loads. At the same time you have rekindled a desire to get out on the water. The quality of Instruction was top drawer, informative, great pace and practicable. You both provided the kind of reassurance that is delivered from experience and a passion for sharing your sport coupled with a constant awareness for safety. I would highly recommend you to others thinking about kayaking. Bruce & Carmen

It was great paddling with you and we look forward to hearing of your up coming adventures in your new kayaks. Remember, practice, practice, practice and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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Kathryn Walter

May 2nd 2021

Sorry for the late review. The amazing venue and Nomad Sea Kayaking (Kurt & Becky) were most welcoming, making for a relaxing session, ensuring that you could ask questions or for guidance without any concerns. Look forward to the next course.

Thor Hanssen

July 11th 2021

We had a fantastic Sunday with you. I am quite used to being on the water but had never tried kayaking before. Neither had Julie. Great introduction it was. Because we are novices to kayaking we needed a better understanding of what it really is all about. We have that understanding now and we can’t wait to get out there again. The two hours on the water was simply pure enjoyment for both of us. I will absolutely recommend anyone who is looking to do kayaking to sign up for the course. You will not regret it. Becky and Kurt are lovely people and very skilled at what they do. We felt safe all the way. Thanks for having us and we will be back. Julie and Thor.

Thank you Thor! It was a pleasure to work with you both and we would love to see you again on the water. Don’t forget to bring Milo  too!

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Location

Launch location

Woolverstone Marina, IP9 1AS

Next Departure time

2nd October 2021, 10:00 AM

Weather
STUTTON WEATHER
Equipment

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

Parking

Free on site.

Additional Notes

Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NSK trips, courses, wild camps, & events until the end of June 2021 unless the government says otherwise. Please ensure you wear your mask at all times - this is compulsory whilst off the water (masks cannot be worn on the water). Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing.

There are toilets available & parking is free of charge - please enter through the main gate & follow the road downhill towards the water. Parking is indicated by our ORANGE beach flag. There is also a good pub & restaurant on site that offers good service & very good quality food with one of the most beautiful views on the Orwell. Please bring along a fold-up chair or blanket for the theory sections as we'll be working in a pretty grassy area under tree cover.