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Beginner Sea Kayak Level 1 - Part A

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

Course content:

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
Lunch BYO
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.
Day Ends

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

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.


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

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys great paddle today! check the pictures for the updated map of the paddle you guys did today. cheers

    February 10, 2013

  • Raffat

    Justin's email :) Hi guys sorry for this late email, but its been a crazy week for me so I've just managed to get around to this.

    Here is a list of things that you need to bring

    1. pair of closed toe shoes that will get wet and will use for walking on rocks, barnacles and whatever else there is around (old trainers work)

    2. clothes that are going to get wet (i use board shorts)

    3. a base layer that will keep you warm if you get wet (rash vest, paddling shirt, polypropylene) NO COTTON!!!!! IF IT GETS WET YOU STAY COLD FOR THE ENTIRE DAY!!!!

    4. A Fleece and a light rain jacket (fleece for after paddling but also if you get cold easily, rain jacket to keep you dry from water spray, protect you from wind and the cold).

    5. A change of clothes for after kayaking (BRING even if you think you are not going to get wet) Better be safe than sorry.

    6. Packed lunch

    7. Water bottle (you can get filtered water at the put-in)

    8. Snacks

    9. camera (its better if waterproof)

    10. Dry bag if you have one

    The wets

    February 9, 2013

  • Raffat

    a few question.

    1- very new to HK and dont really know the way. Can meet someone at any MTR station. I live at Tin Hau.
    2-its pretty cold already. would we freeze or the wetsuit would take care of us. what should i pack (if at all)
    3-any contact number? mine is[masked]

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      check your emai, you will find all the info needed

      February 9, 2013

    • Raffat

      Wow! That's quite the stuff and I have nothing. I'm going out to buy some stuff now

      February 9, 2013

  • Richard Ashton B

    Hey, what time you meeting in Sai Kung? It's the Starbucks next to McDonalds, yes?! Is there anything you recomend to bring? Thanks

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      check you email!!! just sent one out!!!

      February 9, 2013

  • Leonie


    I'm not really sure how to get there. So is anyone interested in meeting in Sai Kung and finding the rest of the way together? And if so, what time do you think we should be in Sai Kung?
    Thank you,

    February 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey guys so I will be in Sai Kung in the morning, will tell you at what time later tomorrow, if anyone wants, we can meet in Starbucks and then make our way from there. I can show the way.

      February 9, 2013

  • Farheen C.

    Sorry Justin not too well

    February 8, 2013

  • Turgay

    Dear Organiser
    How long do we need to walk from the place to the ferry pier? I had an injury at my ankle before and it is still healing, i wouldnt be walking too much (like 10-15 mins ok). that is my only concern.
    Thank you

    February 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries, its only a 7 minute walk from the ferry drop off.

      February 7, 2013

  • Justine D.

    Great that you are doing a beginners, will try and go for a lesson before hand still.

    January 31, 2013

  • Rong

    Hi Justin, Sorry that I have done the Part A training already last year!! ha ha! next time for Part B

    January 31, 2013

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