Level 1 sea kayak course

This is a custom course based on Greek sea conditions. Over the years I've paddled with many people that simply don't interested in for a BCU (British Canoe Union) course due to been very restrictive on what you need to teach/learn. I've combined parts of the level 2 and 3 into one custom course.

The aim of the course is to provide you with the necessary skills to paddle any sea kayak with safety. The course is suitable for people without any paddling experience or with limited experience seeking a proper way to learn and improve their skills.
This course is required if you wish to join in any of the other courses that we offer (surfing, Eskimo roll, rescue skills, advanced paddling).

During the course and depending the progress we might been able to do a small journey in a protected area up to 15km.
The aim of the course is to learn the basics properly as poor paddling skills can lead to serious injuries.  

During the course you will learn:

1. How we carry the kayak
2. How we properly put the kayak to the roof rack
3. Forward paddling
4. Moving sideways 
5. Moving sideways and keeping speed
6. What we need to be aware to paddle in a straight line
7. How we stop the kayak
8. Proper fitting and posture
9. How to launch and land to the shore
10. Kayak parts & equipment
11. Deep water re-entry (two different ways)
12. Wet exit
13. How to avoid cap size (low brace)
14. How to trim the kayak with skeg
15. Turning (included 360 degrees turning)
16. Stern rudder
17. Empty the kayak in deep water
18. Edging
19. Leaning
20. Eskimo rescues

Duration of the course: The course take place 3 days, starting around 10 am and finish about 4 pm. During the winter there is great flexibility, just let us know which dates are suitable for you and we will discuss with other participants to make a plan.

Requirements: You need to be at least 14 years old and now to swim. To run a course we need at least 3 participants. Maximum 6 participants per group.

What do I need to carry with me during the course? During the summer only your swimming suit and ideally a light neopren show (not required but is wise to have with you). During the winter due to water been cold you need clothes to change after we finish the course. We will provide a neopren suit suitable for sea kayak (those are different than canyoning and diving) plus jacket if it is windy. We've got a few shoes in different sizes but there is a chance not to have your size and is wise to have your own. A light neopren shoe (cost around 20euros in diving shops) or sandal like Teva are fine.

Location of the course: Depending the weather the course can take place either in Amoudara (very rare due to weather been windy in this area), Pantanassa or Ligaria. The most likely scenario will be to take place in Ligaria bay. The bay is located about 20 minutes from Heraklion. If there are 6 participants the course can take place anywhere in Crete, like Chania, Rethimno etc. Just get in touch with us to arrange this.

Price: The cost of the course is €250 per person. Payment with cash upon meeting on the first day. In case that there is an issue and you cannot complete the course, no refund is given. You can however complete the rest of the course wherever we run the course again. If it is a private course this can be arranged on any date. You can pay also with your credit card if you prefer.