Intro to Sea Kayaking

Intro to Sea Kayaking

Brightlingsea, Essex

Price: £159.99 p/seat
8 Seats Available
3 member slots available


This course follows on from the 'Introduction to Kayaking' (non tidal) 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 deep water recovery. We'll paddle touring sea kayaks (decked) and sit-on-tops are available 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 learn't 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 'Introduction to Sea 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 for 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 dependant on the student’s ability. We don’t exceed eight (8) students per course thereby providing one to one coaching time as and when needed. Trained or untrained - which are you?

Sixteen years of age and over.

Launch location Brightlingsea Sailing Club
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, paddle & buoyancy aid provided.
Parking Pay & Display
Additional Notes There are public toilets nearby as well as hot food available throughout the week.


Scheduled start for 10am. Ensure you read through your ‘Trip Details’ email and have adequate snacks, food and fluids for the day. Please arrive in good time to dress and prepare your kayak. Parking is pay and display.

WEATHER: Some strong wind gusts are expected; please ensure you have adequate clothing and some spare warm clothing for our lunch stop. 

Please ensure you have a good whistle on a lanyard to attach to your buoyancy aid - this is compulsory for this course. Come prepared to get wet in deep tidal water; bring extra warm clothing, snacks, packed lunch and plenty fluids. We will be out for the day returning around 4-5pm. Starts at 10am sharp. Read through your confirmation email thoroughly. Please check weather and tides so that you are aware of your environment for the day.

Be advised that your Coach/s have the legal right to deny participation without refund if your Coach/s feel that you are unprepared and pose a danger to yourself, the group or your Coach/s. This could be because of your clothing, equipment, spare warm clothing and/or food/fluids (this is not an exhaustive list). PLEASE read through all of our online notes, FAQ's and confirmation email and COME PREPARED. Thank you.

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


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Another great day on the water with Nomad. I had been on the Intro to Sea Kayaking non- tidal course earlier in the year, so was looking to gain some new skills and practice what I’d learned previously. This course provided both - going back over the basic paddle strokes and assisted recoveries but adding new skills like edging. We were a group of 5 with mixed ability but Kurt and Becky worked hard to make sure everyone got what they needed from the day. The small group size means you get plenty of individual feedback which is really helpful as a beginner and I now have a number of pointers that I can work on by myself. To top it off, we struck lucky with the weather, and ate our picnic lunches bathed in sunshine sitting on a shingle spit we’d paddled out to. This was a great introduction to what sea kayaking has to offer - can’t wait for my next fix!

− Vicky Haywood, Oct 2018

Thank you Vicky, great work on your 'assisted recoveries' in deep water. See you on the water again soon.


After not having kayaked for many years this was an excellent reintroduction aided by fantastic weather and a small group allowing for individual attention. I felt increasingly confident and comfortable as Kurt's expert instruction and pithy comments helped me focus on the crucial techniques I needed to work on to improve paddling skill and safety awareness. I am definitely going to do more trips and courses with Nomad and I would certainly recommend this course.

− Steve Waters, Aug 2018

Thank you Stephen, don’t rely too much on training, practising your new skills is important so time on the water is what counts now. Thank you for your custom. Kurt


Luckily the weather on the day was very warm which I think contributed to sapping my energy as the day went on. Although it was an introduction to me on how different paddling with and against tidal flow is to being on rivers and Lakes which I am used to. It's great to be guided by Kurt with the necessary feedback to develop and improve new and previously learnt skills and the "banter" is good too!!!!! Good day out on the water. Thanks.

− Darren, Jun 2018

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