This is a hands on course, where we learn the theory, and then put it into practice exploring one of the most amazing sea kayaking locations in the world. The warm weather and water, plus spectacular scenery makes this a rewarding and safe environment to learn the fundamentals of sea kayaking.
Accommodation is at the Daintree Village Hideaway, where the theory component of the course is undertaken on the deck overlooking the Daintree Countryside.
Including the Hideaways incredible tropical breakfast, lunch on the beach fringing the Coral Sea and the chef's special Barramundi dinner at the Daintree Village Hotel.
All this is just 100 metres from your award winning accommodation, which includes two people at the Daintree Village Hideaway.
Bring a friend to stay the night, they can do a nature tour on the Daintree River while we complete the practical side of the course out on the Ocean at Cape Kimberley & Snapper Island.
Some components of the course include;
Paddling efficiently through effective stroke technique. By using the right technique, you employ your whole body to propell your boat through the water, not just your arms. This not only makes you faster, but means you wont tire so quickly. Correct technique is also important for avoiding injury and fatigue and will make your kayaking more enjoyable and safer.
Learning how your boat interacts with the water. Waves, wind, current and your position in the boat all affect the way the boat handles and turns. We teach you skills to handle rough water, keep the boat heading in the right direction and turn more easily.
Good seamanship. Knowledge, good judgement and experience all go to making up good seamanship. Understanding and using weather forecasts, making decisions dependent on the conditions, having appropriate equipment and knowing how to use it, all go to making your journeys safer and more enjoyable. Improving your "seamanship" is one of the key learning aims of this course.
Using the paddle for balance and direction. There are a number of strokes which can help keep you upright (low bracing, sculling etc) or change/maintain direction (rudder stokes, draws etc). Once mastered, these paddle strokes can help you move backwards, sideways, spin around when stopped, and more. They are the fundamentals of controlling a kayak, and are applicable on rivers, lakes or the ocean.
Choosing the right equipment can be daunting. There are so many options and in reality, there is no perfect boat or paddle. It is a matter of choosing the right equipment to match you ability, experience, height, weight, strength, budget and of course the type of water you are going to be paddling in. On this course, we not only discuss, but also get the opportunity to sample a wide variety of boats and paddles.
We also tailor the course to suit the skill level of the individual. From the beginner, to an experienced paddler, you will be extending your knowledge and skills, which will make your kayaking safer, easier and more fun.