CLINIC: Kayak capsize and rescue techniques

Can you assist a capsized peer? Are you proficient in self rescue? 

This is a good preparation for anyone who plan on taking a kayak tour on open waters along the Swedish West Coast. Whether you are a novice or has done a lot of paddling in confined waters, the natural swells and the waves stirred up by passing motor boats is a a very good reason to acquire and practice various techniques for self and peer rescue. You never know when you will need these skills, either as participant in a group or as beeíng the most experienced among peers. 

Once you have acquired these skills you will be an asset to 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. 

Have you already taken the class indoors? Good! But these skills need to be kept up to date and practiced regularly. Now it is time to practice outdoors. With our offshore location it is easy to modify the conditions, would you like to have a more challenging environment as you progress.

Once the class is completed you will receive a discount on our self service KAYAKOMAT in Lysekil, which is open 24/7.

This is not included:
You may practice "rolling", as a means of capsizing at will, but don´t expect to neither to learn or master that technique after this clinic. That takes a specialized clinic. 
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.  

  • Click the BOOK NOW! button to see dates, times and price categories for different departures. There will be no binding booking until check-out is completed.
  • As  this is a weather sensitive activity we urge you to add our cancellation insurance 48 hrs, in which case we will refund the activity cost if weather conditions force us to cancel the activity. Read more details below. 
LOCATION: LYSEKIL, in the Northern Harbour area 
(optional offshore conditions)
Duration: 3 hours  (2.5 hours seated)
Season: July-September 
Level: Novice, beginner or unfamiliar with ocean kayaking

Regular health
16 years

Children No
What’s included:

Clinic leader
K1 solo kayak, spray deck, paddle and life jacket
Padlle jacket
Hot drinks and access to dressing room

What to bring: 

0.5L flask with water
(retainer for glasses)

Language: Either Swedish or English  
Meal: None


If we/the organiser (OWS) must cancel a booking (due to unfavourable weather conditions) we will contact you to reschedule to another day/time. Would you choose to rebook to another activity the remaining balance will be debited from you card (but only if the new activity costs more).
Add our cancellation insurance to increase your options:
Cancellation insurance is booked as an add-on, after entering participants data, prior to checking out your online basket. You can choose between to price levels and time limit for cancellation/reebooking (2 or 48 hours). This insurance can not be added retrospectiviely. Once paid the cancellation insurance will cover this:
  • We will help you to change time, day or even choose another activity without extra charge. The balance will be either be remitted to or debited from your debit/credit card.
  • Would you need to cancel any one of the participants, or the entire activity - please contact us min 2 or 48 hours respectively, prior to departure. When we have confirmed by phone, you send us an email and we will transmit the refund (except the insurance fee).


Additional Information

PRELIMINARY BOOKING (i. e minimum no of participants):
If you book this activity now we will charge your credit card once the activity is confirmed by us (Outdoor West). Until then we only authorize the amount on your credit card.
  • The activity will normally start at the Northern Harbour.  
  • After a safety breifing the guide will help you adjust the gear. When all paritcipant's kayaks are launched the guide will present the exercises and off we go to practice.
  • Upon returning everyone will help eachother to rinse the kayaks and hang gear to dry before we debrief and part company.



  • Techniques for boarding and alighting the kayaks
  • Paddle strokes and manouvering sideways
  • Towing another kayak
  • How to behave at sea
  • Techniques for peer rescue
  • Techniques for self rescue


  1. Norra Hamngatan 6, Lysekil