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.


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 the city catch the MTR until you reach Wu Kei Sha and from there catch the 299 bus to Sai Kung and get of at the Kei Lin Ha San Wai bus stop. Walk down a steep hill until you reach the waterfront and you will see the kayaks.

From Sai Kung you can catch the 99 or 299 bus tand get off at Kei Lin Ha San Wai bus stop. Walk down a steep hill until you reach the waterfront and you will see the kayaks.


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  • Justine D.

    Awesome, thankful there where wetsuits.

    February 19, 2013

  • Justine D.

    Awesome ... Epic partner ... Instructor with a sense of humor ... Guys and girls willing to eat sand, capsize and show tush on cue! Good spirit out there today.

    February 17, 2013

  • Ailin

    Thanks Justin for the informative course, I do enjoy it! It is worth to travel from end of the world to there:-)

    February 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      it was my pleasure!!! hope to see you for the part B and then in the water after that every time! cheers

      1 · February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey guys my number is[masked] just in case you get lost along the way.

    February 16, 2013

  • Ciara C.

    Sorry, I am no longer able to make tomorrow's course :( Can I still do Sunday's paddle or have to wait for another course?

    February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sorry clara you first need to do a training session, then you go ahead and join the paddling trips

      February 15, 2013

  • Justine D.

    Lookes like some peeps have pulled out ... Can I have a go!

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, I misread and thought this was next weekend. Sadly I'll be in the office tomorrow instead.

    February 15, 2013

  • Ming Chi L.

    I stay up this time. Let interested take over.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    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

    February 14, 2013

  • kochyiu


    February 14, 2013

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