Cornwall Skills Courses
A sea kayaking expedition is on many people's bucket list, but if you're a beginner, where do you start?
We want to make our expeditions accessible to everybody. This may mean gaining experience and learning new kayaking skills. We've designed our Cornwall Sea Kayaking Skills Course specifically to give you the skills you need to go on your first big expedition.
These 5 days are not just about learning new skills, they are also an opportunity to explore some of Cornwall's beautiful coastline. Each day we choose a location near Falmouth which suits our needs and, weather conditions. Exploring the sheltered waters of the Helford passage, or if the weather is calm head to the rugged cliffs of the lizard peninsula.
WHat will you learn?
This course will look at fundamental kayaking skills. From forwarding paddling to packing a kayak with all the kit you need to camp out for a night.
- Forward paddling
- Turns and maneuvering
- Launching and landing
- Basic navigation from the water
- Rescues techniques and safety
- Wildcamping from a kayak
- Camp cooking
- Fishing from a kayak.
Throughout the 5 days, you will gain valuable experience paddling around 15km a day, gaining valuable experience paddling in a variety of sea conditions. You will build confidence in your kayaking and by the end of the course, feel ready to take on your next sea kayaking adventure.
Introduction to sea kayaks. Set up your kayak, launching from a beach, forward paddling, and maneuvering.
Learn to navigate from the water, route choice, how the weather impacts our kayaking and further developing our boat handling skills.
Let's challenge ourselves, a little rock hopping and maneuvering between rocks and caves. How to handle our kayak in wind and waves. Safety and rescue, learning how to recover a capsize and how to be rescued.
Day 4 & 5
Expedition time. We will put all our skills to the test and navigate a 2-day journey. A perfect opportunity to try out wild camping from a kayak, packing our kayaks with all the equipment we need, cooking on a camp stove and getting a real taste of expedition life.
Trip Guide & coach
Erin Bastian - A UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, 5* Leader, and founder of Evoke Adventure, will be guiding this expedition.
Erin has paddle world wide, her passion for long distance journeys has taken her to the remote west coast of Patagonia. Across the Agean sea, linkinging rugged islands scattered between Greece and Turkey, crossing large expanses of open water. As well as numerous expeditions leading teams in her favourite place arctic Norway.
Cold icy destinations really capture her imagination!