Beginner Sea Kayak Level 1 - Part A - Lantau Island

Another beginner training day for all those needing their personal and group rescue skills, paddling technique skills and weather / navigation skills. The Part B will follow in 2 weeks time.

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.

Our time will be spent under instruction in the shade or in the sea kayak.

You will learn how to sit correctly, understanding the principles of correct paddling techniques, 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
  • 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:

10:15 to 11:00 -
school begins at Mui Wo beach.
Change into kayaking gear (wet gear).
Introduction to kayaking equipment.
Short paddle to one of the close beaches depending on the tide

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

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.

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.

This is to allow people on the waiting list to plan their weekend. RSVP's cannot be changed after 9pm on Friday evening.

No exceptions, no excuses.


Take the 9:40am ferry from Central (Pier 6). It will arrive at Moi Wo at 10:10.


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  • Jules

    Had a great experience and learnt a lot in one day! Looking forward to part B. Thanks Gareth for the training and being patient with us randomly throwing ourselves out of our kayaks. And thanks to the Lim's for the pics.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Gareth

    Big thanks to Glenn and Sally for posting some awesome photos. Make sure you check then out if you haven't yet. Thanks again for being an amazing group hope to see you all for part b. Have a great week :)

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • Rex C.

    Thanks for the day Gareth! It's a good day!

    July 29, 2013

  • Sally L.

    Great to meet you all!
    Thanks Gareth for a really fun day.

    Photos can be found under the following link:

    2 · July 28, 2013

  • Denise

    Thanks Gareth for hosting the class. Great to learn the basics and trying out the rescues. Looking forward to Part B!

    July 28, 2013

  • Annemieke De G.

    Great day! Learned the basics and had lots of fun. Nice group, good instructor. Thanks! Definitely signing up for B

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks for the day Gareth! i made the boat

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Joe M.

    definitely wanna join..but im out of town you still have the similar one in August?

    July 26, 2013

  • Kwok c.

    Sorry guys but I not going to make it this Sunday. Will join next time round.

    July 23, 2013

  • Gareth

    Hi Ying, part of the course involves getting out of an upside down kayak. The pfd ( personal flotation device ) will help you float, but if you are seriously afraid of the water this might not be the course for you.

    July 23, 2013

  • Ying


    I actually don't swim well.... am I eligible for the course?


    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Adrian

    Can I ask- the cost. Is it USD$250? Or hkd$250?

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Annemieke De G.

    Looking forward!

    July 9, 2013

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