Introduction To Kayaking Course

Introduction to Kayaking


Price: £139.99 p/seat
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2 member slots available

NOW including our newly developed 'Socially Distanced (COVID-19) Assisted Recoveries'.

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 and realistic understanding of what paddle sports are all about. We'll paddle on flat, non-tidal water so no rough conditions, swells or surf. We spend some time on the water coaching basic strokes to allow you to confidently manage and control your kayak. Finally, we'll run through an 'assisted recovery' in shallow water first and then finish off with a deepwater recovery to ensure you'll be safe when out on the water. These exercises build confidence and initially 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, and 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 and responsive and great for learning. Decked kayaks are available for those who require them, simply let us know when you make your booking. Participants are welcome to use their own craft if they have them and the programme lasts 6-7 hours depending on the student’s ability. We don’t exceed twelve (12) 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 programme accommodates guests wishing to develop skills for kayak fishing, leisure sit-on-top kayaking, river paddling and 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 and a good, fun way to get started and build your confidence. 

Weather Remit: A wind of a maximum of 15 knots steady blow and this includes wind gusts. The course will be rescheduled if the wind exceeds this limit and there is further discretion on the part of the Lead Guide with all-night events. Rain, snow and other conditions don’t generally affect our ability on the water. Exceptions are sometimes made and this is at the discretion of your Coach and/or the Operations Director. Your Coach will make a decision based on the wind speed (including wind gusts) in combination with tide strength and direction, time of day or night and size of the group alongside other factors that may influence the safety and comfort of the entire group. NSK wants to get your event completed as soon as possible; please trust the judgement of your coach/Guide.

Trained or untrained - which are you?

Sixteen years of age and over.

Launch location Alton Water Sports Centre
Departure time 10am.
Kayakers - Final times will be confirmed a week prior to the trip based on the tides at the launch site. See Guide Notes tab for final confirmed launch time.
Hikers - Departure time is as stated.
Equipment Kayak, buoyancy aid & paddle included
Parking Pay & Display at Alton Water.
Additional Notes A 'Course Details' email will be sent to all students prior to your course providing all the important details for your course i.e. confirmation of venue, launch time, weather information, clothing et cetera. Please read through this thoroughly. *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.*


IMPORTANT - Corona Virus
Due to the new guidance of the government and the fact that some guests may be self-isolating through no choice of themselves, all events have been scheduled to the 4th July 2020 or after.  This has been confirmed individually by email to each guest. We have added two new and important protocols to our 'standard operating procedure' for all events and you can see these in our FAQ's under 'Important Stuff'

These are difficult times for NSK and we need your support. We respectfully ask all of our guests for their patience and consideration, we are trying to survive a serious pandemic and do the right thing for all of our customers as well as look after our staff and freelance Guides. We will ensure that every paid and confirmed guest WILL get their event.

*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.*

Event Notes
There will be two NSK staff to meet you both visible in bright orange jackets/uniforms. Please meet them near the water's edge after parking.

Coach Tips for the Day
Layer your clothing for the day and the same for on the water using multiple layers of light synthetics (polyester, nylon) for breathability and a woollen base (against the skin) for warmth. Good wet footwear and a head covering. Bring plenty of snacks and a hot drink and money for the cafe. Wetsuits are suitable for this wet workshop.

Please read through your confirmation email and our website FAQ's for further advice on what to wear and bring on the day - you will get wet! We ask that you keep abreast of trip updates on our website’s relevant ‘Course’ page. Please check back here the night before your event for any updates as all Coaches will be on the water and this is the only way we will be able to communicate with everyone whilst we are working.

Course begins at 10:00am.

Windy! Please bring adequate warm clothing.

You can contact our office on 01473 - 375 026 with any questions during business hours. Please don’t ring or email us after hours as we will be closed.

Thank you.





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As our course had been delayed for months because of the pandemic, Becky and Kurt were champing at the bit to get us on the water. However, it was not to be - in the end the wind wouldn't allow it. Despite it being a "dry" introduction I thoroughly enjoyed it and strangely enough it still whet my appetite to learn kayaking, not least because Becky and Kurt are so passionate about what they do. Anyway, these two being the pros that they are, they have rearranged a session for us all on the water which will happen very soon. I'm really looking forward to it and intend to join up for a year so that I can go on lots more trips and learn how to kayak properly. Can't recommend these two enough.

− Alison, Jul 2020

Alison, thank you so much for your lovely review and we are glad that you found that the course (part 1!) was of value to you. We're looking forward to getting you near the water for Part 2! We'd love to have you join us as a Member, take a look at the different levels of membership and if you'd like to chat through them or have any questions please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you again in the very near future. Best regards, Becky NSK


Fantastic day never tried before was going to love or hate, I wasn't very good however Kurt and Becky were fab very encouraging getting out of kayak to get my paddle strokes right, was concerned about capsizing exercise but was fine. Haven't laughed so much in ages and gave it my best shot really enjoyed myself and will try another adventure with them All I can say is cold!! Layers are the key put enough on till you can just do your coat up that's enough😂 thanks guys Love Derek and Lara.

− Lara Cawston, Apr 2019

Thank you guys! You both were great fun, embraced the elements and threw yourselves into it. Perfect students and we'd love to see you again soon, keep in touch! We'll be posting more photos on Facebook and Instagram so keep an eye out :) Becky


I have wanted to learn how to Kayak for quite some time. But when my husband started to open water swim, I knew that now was the perfect opportunity to start. Many people had said to me "Just buy a kayak and learn on the water" or "You don't need lessons to kayak", all I can say is they were wrong. If you seriously want to learn how to Kayak and I mean kayak properly, Becky and Kurt are the best people to see. The course was fun and very informative. Kurt and Becky ran through everything with us, from buying the right kayak, equipment and clothing to the do's and dont's when purchasing. We also had time on the water of course, which I must admit I was quite frightened of. Becky and Kurt were understanding of this and helped me quickly achieve my first assisted recovery. On this course they gave me a taster on what it's really like to kayak and I loved it. I love the peacefulness, head space it gave me and the feeling of being close to nature! I can't wait to move on to the tidal course and I hope to become pretty good at kayaking, fingers crossed. Thank you, Kurt and Becky, you both were fantastic kayak instructors and just so funny!

− Lavinia Heeroma, Aug 2018

Thank you for your feedback Lavinia, you did a great job of your recoveries, in deep water too so dont under estimate your own ability. Thank you for your custom, see you on the water again soon.


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