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Kayak Intro Course | Sea Point

Cape Town

Activity Description

Service only available on Saturdays.

Kaskazi Kayaks And Adventures is committed to sea kayak safety and therefore offer an introductory paddling proficiency course to encourage paddlers to learn the fundamentals of kayaking safety. No experience is required and we provide all the necessary safety gear as well as the kayaks. If you have your own kayak it is preferable to complete the course in it to ensure maximum benefit form the course.

Objectives
Awareness of safety equipment and rescue procedures
Ability to paddle and manoeuvre a kayak competently
Knowledge of your limitations in terms of kayak, weather and sea conditions
Familiarity with the coastline from Granger Bay to Clifton
Awareness of capsize and rescue techniques

09:00 – 09:15 Introduction and weather forecast check
09:15 – 10:00 learn and practice the 5 fundamental paddling strokes on the beach: (Forward, Reverse, Forward Sweep, Reverse Sweep and Brace)
10:00 – 11:00 Launch, stability and manoeuvring of a kayak in the confines of the bay
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:30 Pre-launch kayak safety check & route brief
11:30 – 13:00 Practice above mentioned skills with focus on group safety, weather conditions and observing the coastline. Awareness of your capabilities
13:00 – 13:30 Introduction to capsize and rescue
13:30 – Optional individual demos of Kaskazi kayaks

Please be at the office 15 minutes before the activity starts

Arrangements

Duration4 hours
WhenAll Year
WhereKaskazi Kayaks And Adventures, 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005.
WeatherStable seas
What to WearComfortable beach wear (quick dry clothing is not essential but it is more comfortable). You can change and leave bags in the shop. There are lockers with padlocks for valuables. You typically get wet during the capsize exercises so you can bring a towel and a change of clothes for afterwards.
Things to BringSun protection (such as suncream, a hat and sunglasses) as well as water, should you wish to drink something.
Guests or SpectatorsBeach front walks, restaurant close by

Requirements

Minimum Age14 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNo Previous Paddling Experience Is Needed.
Maximum Weight130.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsAll kayaking and safety gear.
ExclusionsItems of a personal nature.

Notes

Objectives
Awareness of safety equipment and rescue procedures
Ability to paddle and manoeuvre a kayak competently
Knowledge of your limitations in terms of kayak, weather and sea conditions
Familiarity with the coastline from Granger Bay to Clifton
Awareness of capsize and rescue techniques

Customer Reviews

Very friendly trainer, Tienie, but disappointing. It started off really well, with demonstrations of rowing strokes, Tienie checking each of us in turn. After that we went into the water and were left without any training at all. We were given no opportunity to practise our turns, stops or back-paddling and to have these corrected. This was what anyone would expect from such a course. All that was required was follow the trainer, usually far ahead. His aim was to ensure we knew our endurance limits: how far we could go out and back before we became tired. This was indeed very useful and an important part of the safety training. Towards the end there was to be a capsize drill.....an essential part of safety training and part of this particular course. Tienie made it far too easy for any of us to back out, stressing not only that no-one would be forced to do anything they didn't want to do, but effectively encouraging us to decline. As a result, of the 5 students, only one, in a single kayak, did the drill. I was very eager but my husband took the easy way out. He would not have done, and neither would the girls in the other boat, had Tienie put it like this: " If you're frightened because you can't swim, or think you'll never be on the sea or in rough weather and will never ever capsize, no one's forcing you to do anything you can't do ("can't", not "don't want to").However capsize drill is part of the course, you've signed up for it and being able to right your kayak is a course outcome. We'll be doing this boat by boat and I'll be right next to you all the way. You're first." I've no doubt all 5 of us, 3 kayaks, would have had this essential training. An enjoyable morning but not what was offered and not what we signed up for. - Caroline Blick




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