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Can you assist a capsized peer? Are you proficient in self-rescue?
This clinic is a good preparation for anyone who plans on taking a kayak tour on open waters along the Swedish West Coast. If you are planning on taking your less experienced friends on a kayak trip you need to be proficient enough to assess risk and plan the trip in order to avoid exposing others to risk.
If you are a novice or if you have done a lot of paddling in confined waters, the natural swells and the waves stirred up by passing motor boats are still a very good reason to acquire and practice various techniques for self- and peer rescue. We'll also practice paddling in a group, towing another kayak and bracing strokes, that is using your paddle to regain stability.
Once you have acquired these skills you will be an asset on any kind of kayaking activity, whether in a group of peers, with a single friend or on a guided tour. We recommend taking this clinic every few years, as repetition is the mother of learning. Learning to minimize risks at sea is an ongoing project that is mainly about developing "an eye", based on practice and a lot of experience in various conditions.
Have you already taken the class indoors? Good! But these skills need to be kept up to date and practised regularly. Now it is time to practice outdoors. With our offshore location, it is easy to modify the conditions. We start in calm waters and can move to a more challenging environment when you have become more proficient.
This is not included:
You may try "rolling", as a means of capsizing at will, but we will not practice that technique during this clinic. That takes a specialized clinic.
After attending this workshop, you will receive a seasonal discount on our unmanned KAYAKOMAT in Lysekil and can rent a kayak 24/7, i.e. paddle when it suits you. In addition, you will receive advance information when we sell used kayaks, a discount on our other workshops, etc.
Our kayak clinics:
Kayak clinic 1 contains what we consider as minimum requirements for the waters around Lysekil.
Kayak clinic 2 lets you practice self-rescue and peer rescue in calm and more exposed conditions.
Kayak clinic 3 aims at making parents more confident to bring their kids along on a kayak trip.
|LOCATION:||LYSEKIL, in the Northern Harbour area
(optional offshore conditions)
|Duration:||3 hours (2.5 hours seated)|
|Season:||April-June with drysuit
June-September without drysuit
|Level:||Novice, beginner or unfamiliar with ocean kayaking|
|What to bring:||
0.5L flask with water
|Language:||Either Swedish or English|
|Meal:||None, but hot drinks will be served|