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Liguria, Cinque Terre: Improver Sea Kayaking
The dramatic Ligurian coast of Italy is our base for Sea Kayak coaching. Based in the small Surf town of Levanto, right next door to the Cinque Terre, we explore the rocky coastline, develop personal and rescue skills and tour the famous regions of the Costa Liguria, and dependent on weather conditions including the Portofino peninsular and the Cinque Terre. Depending on what the conditions bring us there will opportunity for rock hopping, paddling in swell and developing surfing skills. The 5 Day course is aimed at those who already have some experience on the sea. We spend two days exploring the coastline, getting stuck into lots of rock hopping and surf, and getting out into the conditions where we can. The second part of the course then has a more technical focus based upon the 3 Star Sea Kayak Syllabus. From our Italian base of Levanto, we are then ideally situated to explore the stunning local paddling, and the other famous areas of the region including Cinque Terre, Portofino & Portovenere. Conditions of course do vary, but whether we have calm or windy and rough weather and seas, we’ll ensure you get the most out of the course. As with our other courses, we run with a 1:6 guide to customer ratio. Price B&B single occupancy: CHF1450 No accommodation: CHF1075 Booking your place Please note that places are limited and will only be confirmed once the booking is made through our booking system on the link below. RSVPs made without the full booking will not be guaranteed and will only be held for five days. We thank you for your understanding with this. Payment can then be made by bank transfer or through our secure credit card provider. Full details will then be provided with the booking confirmation. Booking Link The booking link for this course can be found on the following page: Weather Our courses and tours take place in most conditions and one of the great things about the sport is that we can go out in almost any weather and still have a great day out, whether that’s on a beautiful calm day, a day with rain drops all around and dramatic waterfalls or with the challenge of wind and waves. After many years on the water, I can honestly say that I’ve ever had a bad day and each day offers something special. In stormy or very windy conditions however, the tour may be cancelled and you will be offered an alternative tour or course date or a full refund. Cancellation & Insurance Cancellation is subject to our terms and conditions found here: We recommend a cancellation insurance in case of sickness as at short notice we’re unable to offer a refund Thanks very much for your interest and we looking forward to joining you out on the water soon and please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Hightide Kayak School GmbH, Tel: [masked]


Via Garibaldi 26 · Levanto

What we're about

We're the Swiss kayaking group, that aims to find something out on the water for everyone, for all ages, whether new to the sport or a seasoned white water kayaker. The group is now one season old and we're excited to see so many people interested and hope that everyone can take an active part in developing it into a great resource for people to get out kayaking.

Our meetups:

We run a kayak school in Interlaken on the beautiful Lake Brienz and run a whole range of courses and tours exploring the fantastic corners of Switzerland and beyond, including many events in Zurich, giving you the foundations to develop as an independent paddler.

We then hope that with this soild foundation and safety knowledge that people can then get out and meetup together exploiting the different rental possibilities. People are welome to use the group and when aou have the necessary experience can become an event organiser yourselves.

Organising your own tours and other free tours:

If you have completed the Safety & Rescue certificate (FSRT) or equivalent: You're welcome to organise events & tours on the group for others with the safety & rescue training certificate or the intro safety & rescue training, keeping in line with the basic safety principles (document to be put in "Pages" section.
We will also run another Taster day in Zurich in the Spring and Summer for people to meetup and try it out in a relaxed environment. The will be a small cost to cover equipment use, which can be paid through the group
If you are an intermediate paddler (3star skills or equivalent) you're also welcome to organise trips with other intermediate or improver paddlers, and from time to time I also go out for paddle in more committing areas, which I will also put on the group, that people can join.
Rental options in Switzerland: Also to be put in the "pages" section soon

Our tours & courses:

We then cprovide the courses necessary for you to get out and start on your own. If you^d like to do a specific course and there's no date then just write us a mail and we'll put something up for you. Our courses include:

Beginners in the Sport (first few times in a kayak)

Intro courses and tours around Switzerland,
Intro safety and rescue

Improvers (towards BCU 2star skills)

Sea Kayak Camps abroad,
White Water Intro Courses,
BCU (British Canoe Union) Safety & Rescue Certificate FSRT,
BCU personal proficiency awards - 2star kayak and open canoe skills,
Rolling courses

Intermediates (towards BCU 3star skills)

Bad weather training,
Rough water kayak handling,
Surfing Skills,
Improver White Water courses,
3star skills training and assessment (sea, surf and white water),
Leadership and coaching qualifications.

Leaders and Coaches (BCU 4 & 5star leadership and skills)

If you have a coaching or leadership qualification or aspire to doing one, get in touch and we can see how we can support you.

Sea Kayaks & equipment for Sale::

We'll also be selling two or three of our sea kayaks this winter to make way for new boats so please get in touch if your interested. More information to follow.
If you're also interested in getting your own kit, we recommend visiting Rene at, Switzerland's specialist sea kayak store (based in Illnau Effretikon). He really has the best kit and the widest selection and comes highly recommended. Rene also rents equipment for those with Rescue training.

Thank you again for joining and I look forward to meeting you all soon out on the water,
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