Sea Kayaking Inner Hebrides Intro
This trip/course provides a superb opportunity to learn how to sea kayak in a premier sea kayaking area from experienced coaches. The islands of Seil and Luing are on the edge of the Adventure Isles and you can enjoy this spectacular area and all it has to offer from the relatively sheltered sounds and lochs on its east side, with still a good chance of seeing otters, dolphins, porpoises & Eagles
This means we cover the syllabus of the 5 day B&B based course ( www.nationalkayakschool.com/holidays.asp )but spend Wednesday and Thursday nights out camping so that you learn the skills associated with paddling a loaded sea kayak & camping from one.
We meet at 9.30am on the first day and are finished by 4.30pm on the last day.
Usually participants provide their own camping gear but we can provide stoves and tents especially for those who travel by public transport.
Contrary to popular belief the midges on the coast are not a problem most of the time. They only emerge in June and then whenever there is at least slight breeze they disappear. Our experienced staff are experts at finding campsites that are virtually midge free 90% of the time
This trip is aimed at those who have done just a very small amount of sea kayaking or some river kayaking and would like to progress or just have a great holiday. Its also fine for adventurous complete beginners.
Meet at Sea Kayak Oban at 9.30am for introductions. Then we issue your sea kayaking clothing which is drysuits in inclement weather or in the spring when the water is cold. In the summer its neoprene long shorts, wetsuit boots and a touring cagoule. Then we carry the last of the boats down to the beach and try sitting in all the sea kayaks to see which we find comfortable and which we would like to try later in the day. NB people are welcome to try double kayaks which are much more common in other countries than they are in the UK. We teach you how to get in and out of your kayak and discuss what to do in the unlikely event of a capsize then on the water cover how to get your sea kayak to go where you want it to. When everyone feels in control of their kayak we head along the sheltered coast to find a nice lunch spot. Over your packed lunch we discuss how the weather and tides affect us in this area. In the afternoon swop kayaks and further develop paddling skills exploring further, eventually arriving back in time to finish by 4.30pm.
Starts with a session on the Kayak ergo (like a rowing machine) which really helps clarify basic forward paddling technique followed by a short trip planning session.
Probably drive North to explore the area around the well known Castle Stalker where we often sea dolphins and otters. Trying more different kayaks, working on small tidal streams and finish off the day with the opportunity to try capsizing and rescue techniques and generally learning the limitations of our sea kayaks in a very safe environment so that we wont worry about capsizing later in the course. NB this is not compulsory.
We will drive south to start our 3 day trip in the Adventure Isles. You are taught how to pack your kayaks and provided with dry bags and how to handle a fully ladened sea kayak. You will realise the advantages over hiking where you have to carry the weight whereas in a sea kayak you just have to get the kayak to glide through the water. Each day will involve stops to explore islands many of which are uninhabited and finding beautiful campsites. Sometimes we are able to paddle back to Oban with a tail wind and other times we arrange for a pick up at the "Bridge over the Atlantic."
5 day holiday of learning , relaxation and fun with good wildlife spotting opportuniites.