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Intro Sea Kayaking (5 Day)

Introduction Level - 5 days | Prices from £750.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

The course venue will be dependant on the weather conditions, however it should provide the paddler with plenty of experience of paddling a variety of coastlines and visit some great islands. In addition to this the week will focus on tidal planning, seamanship and weather forecasting, safety and rescue, as well as of course developing your ability to paddle a sea kayak. At the end of the week you should feel confident in planning your own trips and getting out sea kayaking.

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Dates & Prices

29/04/19
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
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27/05/19
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
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22/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
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05/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £750.00
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Is It For Me?

The course venue is aimed at anybody who is keen to develop the skills to kayak on the sea. To get the most out of this course then you should be water confident, but there is no requirement to have been in a kayak before. As part of the learning process getting wet and capsizing is possible, so come prepared for getting wet as well as a lot of fun and learning. If you want a week with plenty of opportunity to learn to paddle a sea kayak as well as all the skills to safely plan your own future sea trips, then this is the course for you.

Course Aims

This course will be dependant on the weather conditions; however it should provide the paddler with plenty of experience of paddling a variety of coastlines and visit some great islands. In addition to this the week will focus on tidal planning, seamanship and weather forecasting, safety and rescue, as well as developing your ability to paddle a sea kayak. At the end of the week you should feel confident in planning your own trips and getting out sea kayaking.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one instructor, often 2 instructors and a group of 10 people. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast will enable us to plan the week’s activity with you. The first day will often start in our indoor kayak pool to look at capsize drills and gain confidence in the kayaks. We then sort out any equipment you need to borrow from us and head to Loch Morlich to introduce some personal paddling skills and coaching and practicing some rescue procedures.  We then have an early evening meal at the Lodge before packing up and driving to our west coast base, for the rest of the week.

Once established on the west coast we are in an ideal location to develop our sea kayaking. The days will be spent increasing our tidal planning and weather forecast knowledge, improving personal paddling skills and exploring as much of West highlands fantastic coastline and islands as is possible. Day trips we may be able to do during the week could include: Arisaig and Loch Ailort. On the course we are able to supply all the maps, charts, pilots and other tidal planning resources you may need. If you have your own though, feel free to bring them along.

In addition to this you will benefit from your instructors wealth of knowledge of additional sea kayaking venues around the UK, and more than likely the rest of the world. Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of the UK and beyond.

Accommodation

Your first night will be spent at Glenmore Lodge then you will head to the West on the Monday evening. Please ensure that you have vacated your room no later than 5pm on the Monday.

The rest of the course will then be spent in comfortable twin bedded rooms at Inchree Centre. Bed linen and towels are all provided.

All food for the week will be supplied in the restaurant with packed lunches whilst out on the water. There are laundry and drying facilities and an area for hosing down wetsuits etc. Free WiFi available.

Inchree is situated 8 miles south of Fort William and 5 miles north of Glencoe. See www.inchree.co.uk for more details.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

We have a range of some of the latest sea kayaks with this years models from P&H, Valley, North Shore & Tiderace. Our paddling clothing is from PeakUK which we will tailor to your discipline. We use a variety of paddles on the sea courses from Werner and Lendal.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

ü  Buoyancy aids

ü  Helmets

ü  Spray decks

ü  Cags

ü  Wet suits

ü  Wet suit bootees

ü  Small dry bags

ü  Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)

ü  Paddling Trousers

ü  Pogies

ü  Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts

ü  Towlines

ü  Split Paddles

ü  Maps

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.

Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

ü  Informal clothing for leisure wear

ü  Insulating layers – at least two mid weights

ü  Fleece/insulated jacket

ü  Waterproof jacket

ü  Hat & gloves***

ü  Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***

ü  Box or bag for packed lunch.

ü  Blister kit/ small first aid kit

ü  Personal toiletries & medications

ü  Sun cream – you just never know! ***

ü  Sunhat/Cap – good for sun or rain!

ü  Sun glasses & cord

ü  Insect Repellant – it may be midgey!***

ü  Towel and Spare

ü  An alarm clock

ü  Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

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ü  Compass – Silva type 4 recommended ***

ü  Personal Towel if staying West on Intro Sea Kayaking Course

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package

Course Pre-Requisites

Water confidence.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews Read all reviews

Exceeded any expectations I had. A really incredible and superb experience in spectacular locations.
Liz W Reviewed on 28/07/2018
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Well organised, well taught, relaxed but purposeful. An outstanding week.
Willetts Simon Reviewed on 27/05/2017
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Excellent 5 day course with first class instruction, great company and fantastic scenery.
Fiona McKillop Reviewed on 17/07/2016
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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