Sea Kayak Fundamentals Course

Short Description

Ever wanted to learn how to paddle a kayak? Join us on a two-day grunnkurs / basic course where you will receive the Norwegian paddle certificate (våttkort) on completion. This certificate allows you to rent kayaks in Scandinavia as well as joining our intermediate tours. Our certified instructors will teach you how to handle the sea kayak, rescue yourself and your friends, also general safety on the sea. We also offer a course over four weekdays, click below to learn more.

You Will Learn To:

  • How to enter and exit the kayak.

  • Efficient forward paddling.

  • How to manoeuvre the kayak.

  • Basic seamanship

  • Different rescue techniques

Course Details

What's Included

1. Everything you need to paddle: a sea kayak, paddle and paddling equipment. 2. The våttkort paddle certificate after the course. 3. Loads of fun!

We Recommend That You Bring

1. Thermal wool underwear. 2. Sunglasses. 3. Sunscreen. 4. Camera to capture the action 5. Towel. 6. Lunch, snacks & water.

Where & When

The course is held over two days, with a total of 16 hours tuition time. We meet at Vaulen Badeplass in Stavanger (see map) at 10.00 on the first day.

Full Day Plan

Day 1

Everyone meet at the parking lot at Vaulen Badeplass in Stavanger at 10.00. Look for our trailer with kayaks. Getting here is easy, the Mariero Station is just a short walk away and if you arrive by car, you can park your car here.

Shortly after everyone has arrived, there will be a briefing with some handy information. Afterwards, everyone will get a kayak and the needed equipment. Before getting onto the water we will go through the safety routines, and you will learn about the equipment. Pack light, we are not able to store personal belongings; they either have to go in the kayak or be left in your car.

At 10.45 we should be ready and on the water. We will then teach you:

  • How to enter and exit the kayak.
  • Efficient forward paddling.
  • How to manoeuvre the kayak.
  • How to paddle in a group
  • Basic traffic rules on the sea.

At 13.00-13.30 we will have a lunch break. After the break we will go on a short trip in the archipellago, where we will teach you:

  • Basic navigation
  • How to paddle in wind and waves.
  • Buddy rescue techniques.

The day ends at 18.00 where we will clean the kayaks and equipment. Afterwards, we will do a recap of the day and talk about the plan for the next day.

Day 2

We meet at Vaulen Badeplass at 10.00. The day starts with a briefing for the day and information about safe paddling. At 10.30 we launch the kayaks on the water, where we will recap some of the techniques from the day before. Practice makes perfect.

We will make a lunch break on one of the islands between 13.00 and 13.30. During the break, the group will make the route plan for the next part of the journey. After the break, we will continue and follow the plan that the group made in the break.

As the last thing on the water, we will practice the self rescues.

We will finish at the beach at 17.00, where we will clean the equipment. Afterwards, we will recap on the day and the entire weekend. You will also get a chance to get individual feedback and tips from the instructor and how to continue getting better in the kayak. Last but not least, you will receive the våttkort certificate.

Smittevern

Vi forsøker i Nordic Paddling å begrense smittespredningen. Det gjør vi med ulike tiltak:

  • Vi oppfordre til at alle deltakere på turene våre, overholder 1-meters reglen og sørger for god håndhygiene. Håndsprit er tilgjengelig ved ankomst. 
  • Maks gruppe størrelse på 8 deltaker + 1 guide
  • Al utstyr og kontaktflater blir desinfisert etter hver tur. 

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