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toute l´année
2 h/ session, 5 Séances
Port de Oeiras

Learn the basics of coastal sea kayaking taking a certified course!

Learn coastal sea kayaking taking the Essentials of Kayak Touring course certified by the American Canoe Association. You will learn the basic paddling skills, strokes, manoeuvres and rescue technics.
The course is made of 5 modules, a theory session and a longer kayak trip.
Start to enjoy coastal kayaking while achieving worldwide recognised certification.
Our instructors are qualified by the ACA (American Canoe Association) and will teach you the Essentials of Kayak Touring.

In case you have some experience already, you can take a skill course to improve your skills in a specific area or take part of a sea kayak day tour or expedition.

You can use the calendar in your right to choose the date of your first class. For more info, get in contact.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive 10 minutes before session start.
RETURN TIME Approximately 2 hours/ session.
WEAR Bring a swimming suit, hat and sunscreen.


Essentials of kayak touring

The course is certified by the American Canoe Association and given by certified instructors who will teach you the basics of coastal kayaking so that you can go further.We run complete workshops all year long as we have a mild climate.You might also want to improve specific skills before you take the examination.The main skills you will learn are the following:

  • Module 1 – Getting startedWarm-up and stretchingHow to pick up and carry a kayak safelyCar topping: loading and unloading, racks, strapsLaunching and landingBoarding, three points of contact, weight kept low, etc.Posture, safety, comfort, effectiveness, rocking, balanceSpray skirtsWater comfort and confidence: wet exits – capsize & effectively exitWet exits in two ways: (1) utilizing the spray skirt grab loop and (2) releasing the skirt off the hipSelf-rescueHow to empty a kayakBasic terminologyTypes of strokes (covered in this course): power, turningStroke components: catch, propulsion, recovery (CPR), control, correctionSafe and effective body usage
  • Module 2 – StrokesForwardBack (stopping)DrawSculling drawSweep (including stern draw)Reverse sweepStern rudderLow braceLow brace turn
  • Module 3 – RescueRescue sequence: reach, throw, row, go (RETHROG)Rescue priorities: people, boats, gearDemonstrate/participate: T-rescueDeep-water re-entries, assisted and solo, with sling, including scoop and paddle float rescuesBoat assisted rescue, assisting a tired swimmer (pushing or pulling to shore)Towing or bulldozing a capsized boat
  • Module 4 – ManoeuvresForwardBackDrawSweepsLow Brace
  • Module 5 – theoretical sessionPaddling EnvironmentPersonal PreparationEquipmentSafety and RescueTrip preparation
  • Coastal kayaking trip10km paddling tripDebriefing