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Intermediate Sea Kayaking - Skye

Intermediate Level - 5 days and 7 hours | Prices from £995.00

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

This course requires meeting at 16:00 on the evening of your course start date.

Our stunning base for this course on the North of Skye provides amazing cliffs, arches, sea stacks, off shore islands and tidal areas. Our coaches will focus on improving your paddling skills and confidence in wind and tide as well as expanding your knowledge of tidal route planning, navigation, rescues and emergency procedures.

Perfect for more experienced sea kayakers who would like to spend time developing their skills for more challenging environments whilst undertaking some incredible journeys.

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Cost (with accommodation): £995.00
Cost (with accommodation): £995.00

Is It For Me?

This course requires meeting at 16:00 on the Sunday evening of your course start date.

This course is geared for the active paddler. To get the most out of this course then you should be comfortable on rougher open water with winds of Force 4 or 5, and have done 10 sea kayaking day trips in a variety of locations. Ideally you should also have some good basic knowledge on tidal planning and pilotage. To have a reliable roll is useful on this course, but not essential – as long as you are happy being rescued! So if you want a week where we explore remote coastlines, plan tidal paddling trips and look at developing rougher water sea kayaking skills 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, including some short open crossing and areas of tidal movement. 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 personal paddling on more advanced coastal waters.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than four with one instructor, often 2 instructors and a group of 6-8 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 weeks’ activity with you.

We meet at Glenmore Lodge on the Sunday afternoon at 16.00 hrs and this allows us to sort out equipment, pack, have something to eat and then drive to our accommodation and base for the week on Skye.

The first day will often look at introducing some personal paddling skills and coaching, practicing some rescue procedures, looking at some basic tidal planning and pilotage, and of course going for a day paddle off the North Coast of Skye.  For the rest of the week the days will be spent developing our tidal planning and weather forecast knowledge, developing personal paddling skills in rougher water and some tidal areas and exploring as much of North Skye’s fantastic coastline as is possible. Day trips we may be able to do during the week could include some of the following: Rubha Huinish, Fladda Chuain, Wiay Island, Flodigarry and Staffin, Loch Dunvegan and Kyle of Lochalsh. 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.

Your Accommodation

This course will be based at the Whitewave Outdoor Centre in the North of Skye, 4 miles north from Uig.

Set in a beautiful location within the small community of Linicro, Whitewave enjoys fabulous views across open countryside and on towards the sea.

All catering will be done by the centre so the evenings are available for relaxing and some theory sessions.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 2 wet rooms. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double with additional single, one with en-suite shower room, one with sloping ceiling. 1 twin with sloping ceiling.

Wood burner in living room. Oil CH, bed linen and towels inc Video and small library. No TV (no reception). No smoking please.

Whitewave is at No.19 Linicro, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of the Highlands of Scotland: Tel: 01470 542414


If you want to meet us on Skye please arrive at Whitewave by 22.00hrs, please let us know beforehand if you wish to travel directly there. If you need any equipment please fill in and return the attached form so we can bring the kit over with us.

By Car:- From Armadale or Kyle of Lochalsh follow signs to Portree on the A850, from Portree follow signs to Uig along the A856. Drive through Uig, turning right to Kilmuir, not following the road to the Pier. The road is now the A855 and is single track (remember to use the passing places properly).There is a sharp hairpin bend, and at the top of the hill ignore the turn off to Staffin and the Quirang and continue north for 3 miles. No.19 is a large house on the right.  Look out for the wind turbine next to it.

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 including this year’s models from P&H, Valley, North Shore & Tiderace. Our paddling clothing is from PeakUK which we will tailor to your discipline. We use a range of paddles on the sea courses from Werner and Lendal.


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


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 (towels are provided)

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

ü  Sunhat and sun glasses & cord

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

ü  Spare towel

ü  An alarm clock

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

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ü  Compass – Silva type 4 recommended ***

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.

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Course Pre-Requisites

10 days sea paddling including some rough open water of force 4 or 5 conditions.

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

Really good and enjoyable course (despite some wet and windy weather) which improved my skills and built my confidence in rougher sea conditions, and left me keen to sign up for more kayaking adventures! I want to surf some more waves! Good to meet up and enjoy the company of other outdoor enthusiasts too!
Chris Gordon Reviewed on 26/05/2016
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A fantastic week on Skye - I was a bit nervous before hand but instruction was excellent throughout and I gained a lot of confidence in dealing with rougher conditions. Stunning locations, caves, sea stacks, amazing views across to the Outer Hebrides, otters, dolphins, seals. I would definitely go on this course again and recommend it to anyone who has been on the improver course and wishes to gain experience in slightly more challenging conditions.
Alan Rollo Reviewed on 30/08/2015
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Thank you for a perfect week on the island of skye. it was "lovely" ;-)
Hannes Wittmann Reviewed on 17/05/2015
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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
  • In-course transport
  • 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

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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