The Ocean Quest Sea Kayaking Level One Course is a two-day and a half day course that moves participants beyond flatwater kayaking and into the sport of sea kayaking and aims to develop the paddler’s comfort. There is a strong focus on re-entry techniques as well as the skills required to safely plan and execute a day trip with friends (for example, navigation & route planning, weather interpretation, proper clothing/gear.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to confidently paddle in class-1 conditions in the company of one or more paddlers with similar skills or knowledge. The paddler should be self-reliant yet an asset to the group and an active participant, willing and able to assist others if they need assistance.
Typical Course Length: 16 hours of instruction.
This course runs in Class-1 conditions which are described as:
Non-challenging waters with mild wind effect (0-20 km/h or 0–11 knots), little or no current (0-1 km/h or 0–0.5 knots), uninterrupted easy landing options, and ready access to land-based assistance. Sea state is calm to light chop.
Re-entry Skills: Unassisted re-entry, Assisted re-entry, Towing
Paddling Skills: Launching and landing, Forward and reverse strokes, Stopping, Sweep stroke, Draw stroke, Low brace, Stern rudder, Edge control
Knowledge: Equipment and equipment care, Communication, Route planning and basic, navigation techniques, Half day kayak journey, Weather, Sea state, Risk assessment and mitigation, Cold issues and sun safety, Impact of kayakers on the environment, History and heritage, Vehicle boat tie down, Kayaking community and resources
Please be advised that Ocean Quest reserves the right to cancel this trip at anytime. If we cancel you get a full refund.
What happens when you cancel?
If you cancel your booking within 14 days of the trip departure the booking is non-refundable.
Prior to the 14 day booking deadline you will recieve a full refund less 25%.