Hong Kong is an amazing destination for seakayaking. We have over 200 islands, incredible coastlines including sea caves, blow holes, deserted beaches and much more. However it can also be treacherous so to paddle on our Sunday sea kayak journeys you need to be able to control your kayak and know what to do in the event of a capsize.
This Beginner Sea Kayak Level 1 - Part A will teach you the necessary skills to be able to come sea kayaking without endangering yourself or any other paddlers in the group.
About the course:
The Beginners Level 1 (Part A & B) course is designed to take a person from absolute beginner to being able to confidently paddle a sea kayak in easy conditions, prepare for a sea kayak trip, how to land and take off safely from a beach and how to handle yourself in case of a capsize.
90% of our time will be spent under instruction either in the classroom at Ko Lau Wan (about 10%), or in the sea kayak at Ko Lau Wan (90%). It is conducted over 2 Saturdays on separate weekends. The second weekend will be a refresher of the previous week, practice with a short sea kayak trip to assess the students paddling ability.
The student will learn how to sit correctly, understanding the principles of correct paddling techniques. He / she will be able to efficiently paddle the kayak forwards, backwards, turn using 2 different paddle strokes and stop the kayak in a single and a double kayak.
The student will be able to do a safe wet exit and know how to swim the kayak safely to shore, understand the use and care of essential equipment including the parts of the sea kayak.
As sea kayaking is a group sport until the paddler is extremely capable, understanding communications systems, decision making, rafting up, group rescues and assisted rescue will also be learned, although recognising that these are only useful when kayaking with other trained paddlers.
At the end of the programme you will have the basic skills necessary to be able to paddle a sea kayak in sheltered waters, with a knowledge of the 5 basic paddle strokes, an understanding of the design and use of sea kayaks, practical knowledge of how to do basic self rescue and beach entries and exits.
You will also have had a short sea kayak trip to provide a practical assessment of your paddling abilities.
You will have learned the following:
- forward and back paddle
- sweep stroke
- stern rudder
- low brace
- how to control your kayak
- how to enter and exit the water from a beach,
- from deep water,
- from a pier or landing,
- from a rocky shore.
- the very basics of how to handle a kayak in small surf.
- what to do when you capsize in shallow water (surf),
- in deep water
- how to swim with your kayak
- how to empty your kayak after capsize and return to shore
- how to communicate at sea with other kayakers
- basic weather forecasting
- basic trip planning
- understand the use of and equipment needed to go sea kayaking safely
- personal risk management
- awareness of others
10:00 to 11:00 -
school begins at Ko Lau Wan beach.
Change into kayaking gear (wet gear).
Introduction to kayaking equipment.
11:00 to 13:00
Paddle strokes, deep water access and exits.
Basic safety skills, rafting up, coming alongside, stopping, controlling your sea kayak.
13:00 to 14:00
14:00 to 16:00
Wet exits, capsize single and double kayaks, assisted rescue, how to swim with your kayak, how to empty your kayak after capsize and return to shore, how to communicate at sea with other kayakers.
16:00 to 17:00
Equipment clean and storage.
Change into dry clothing.
Hike to last ferry (18:00 or take a speed boat back to Wong Shek)
This is Part A of the minimum requirement for people who wish to join our sea kayak trips on Sundays throughout the year unless you are already a capable paddler.
The water is going to be cold, so we are going to have wetsuits. Because the location for this training part is not our regular base, we dont have showers nor hot water. That being said, this location will show you what you can do with a kayak and the types of places you can end up paddling to. Its a true kayaking experience.
Gear list will follow 2 days prior to the start of the training session
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE.
I have a very simple rule for every trip.
If you do not turn up after you have RSVP'd YES, you will be instantly banned from the group. You will have until Thursday 7pm prior to the trip to change your RSVP if you are NOT going to go.
This is to allow people on the waiting list to plan their weekend.
No exceptions, no excuses.
How TO GET THERE!!!!
From Sai Kung catch the 94 bus to Wong Shek Pier, then catch the ferry that will take you to Ko Lau Wan. You can also catch a taxi to Wong Shek.
To get to Sai Kung, there are many ways. MTR to Hang Hau or Choi Hung and then grab mini bus to Sai Kung. Or fastest way, Mongkok mini bus to Sai Kung (at Dundas St), takes 35-45 min, depends on trafic.
This website has the ferry timetable http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/ferries/service_details/index.html#k03