What we're about

Explora organises and delivers trips, expeditions, courses and workshops related to kayaking, paddleboarding and hiking. We paddle in several hubs in London, do coastal kayaking breaks in the UK, go on expedition to unspoilt parts of Greece, Patagonia, and Greenland, and deliver training sessions to improve skills in a social and relaxed environement.

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/e/e/c/600_459996588.jpeg

Explora is open to all who enjoy spending time in the outdoors with a friendly group. We welcome beginners as much as experienced paddlers. There are activities for all levels and opportunitites for all to progress.

We do a regular paddles in London in a variety of venues during summer which are suited for those looking to kayak for the first time or improving their starter skills. It is a great way to meet new people as we normally stop at a pub on the way or when we get back for a chilled social.

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/4/3/3/600_455729747.jpeg

On top of www.exploraexpeditions.com, we have lively group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/exploraexpeditions/ and you can follow us on @exploraexped on Twitter and explora_expeditions on Instagram.

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/e/0/f/5/600_457497589.jpeg

Upcoming events (5+)

Become a Kayak Coach - Paddlesport Instructor Course

Cuckmere Haven

£200.00

Ever thought about upping your kayaking qualifications and becoming a coach? We are running a spring coaching & assessment program based on the British Canoieing system for people who want to get their initial qualifications for coaching paddlesports. Coach Owen Burson will be delivering the courses and we will have an AirBnB for sharing accommodation. The Paddlesport Instructor is the first qualification on the coaching path. The NEW Paddlesport Instructor is aimed at those taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations. The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding. The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’. The qualification will cover a range of stable craft including kayak (this can be open-cockpit or closed-cockpit), open canoe, sit on top and stand up paddleboard. Candidates will be certificated in one craft but able to instruct a mixed fleet. To view the Course Documents on the Awarding Body website follow this ink: https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/paddlesport-instructor-resources/ The full spring program list is below and we can offer discounts for booking more than one course. The cost of the accommodation will be split among everyone using it and it is not included in the course fee. So the program is: 9th & 10th of March - Paddlesport Coach. £200 11th March - Foundation Safety and Rescue Training £110 12th & 13th March - Core Coach £200 14th & 15th March - Paddlesport Leader Training £200 16th & 17th March - Paddlesport Leader Assessment £200

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training for Kayakers

Needs a location

£110.00

Planning to get your kayaking skilsl up this year and be safer and more user on the water? We are running a spring coaching & assessment program based on the British Canoieing system for people who want to get their initial qualifications for coaching paddlesports. Coach Owen Burson will be delivering the courses and we will have an AirBnB for sharing accommodation. This training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based option. It provides training on key skills needed to operate safely and deal with common emergencies in a sheltered water environment. These skills then form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing awards. To view the Course Documents on the Awarding Body website follow this ink: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/foundation-safety-and-rescue-training The full spring program list is below and we can offer discounts for booking more than one course. The cost of the accommodation will be split among everyone using it and it is not included in the course fee. So the program is: 9th & 10th of March - Paddlesport Coach. £200 11th March - Foundation Safety and Rescue Training £110 12th & 13th March - Core Coach £200 14th & 15th March - Paddlesport Leader Training £200 16th & 17th March - Paddlesport Leader Assessment £200

Multi-day Sea Kayaking Trip with Sea Skills Development in Crete

Needs a location

£799.00

This week is specially designed for everyone looking to improve their sea kayaking skills. We welcome all paddlers from beginner to intermediate as the trip offers something for everyone. Coach Owen Burson will be leading the trip. He is a very experienced coach and he'll be working with everyone to make this week a real opportunity to improve and develop. We are also a very social group and our camping overnights are planned close to beautiful tavernas so we can enjoy traditional dinners and evening drinks. We will fly to Chania in Crete and spend one night in this beautiful town enjoying the tavernas. The following day we will make our way to Paliochora where we will pick up the kayaks and start our journey. The participants will be working on areas such as: BEGINNERS: - Boat Handling - Control and direction - Edging your boat - Forward paddling PROGRESSION TRAINING: Ideal for people training towards their 2 & 3 Stars BCU award. Those preparing for their Sea Kayak Leader Award, will be working on their leadership & guiding skills under the supervision of the coach. There will be ample opportunity to develop your paddling and skills as well as practise coached rolling techniques. YOU WILL LEARN EXPEDITION SKILLS SUCH AS: Planning and packing for a sea kayak camping holiday/expedition Packing a sea kayak for trim Camping from a sea kayak Planning, shopping and preparing your meals Making and taking down camp The southern coast of Crete is unspoilt and the sea is of a deep purple blue against the desert coloured mountains. PRICE: £799 WITH £250 DEPOSIT ON BOOKING. WHAT'S INCLUDED: One night accommodation in Chania One night camping in a campsite All other nights wild camping in the beaches along the route All transfers Coaching Guiding Kayak, paddle, spray deck & BA WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: Your flights Food & drink Any further accommodation that might be required due to adverse weather conditions To book or to ask any questions, mail [masked]. You will need to make a transfer of £300 to reserve your place with the balance payable 6 weeks before the trip. Please note that flights are cheaper well in advance and they tend to increase in price close to departure date.

June Kayaking Break in Ithaca - Greece

Odyssey Sea Kayak Club

£675.00

This is our gorgeous touring friendly sea kayaking coached break in Ithaca. We have been running it for a few years and can't recommend it enough as an introduction or early progression to sea kayaking in the gentle seas of this beautiful island. You will fly to Kefalonia and join us on our base at the neighbouring island of Ithaca which is on the western side of Greece. The break is a relaxed experience staying in a family hotel and kayaking every day to explore the stunning beaches and small coves of the island. Many of these can only be reached by sea. On the day trips there will be plenty of swimming and snorkelling too. The village of Vathi, where we will stay, has many waterside restaurants and cafes where you can eat in the evenings and enjoy a traditional Greek dinner. Some fish is caught locally by small fishing boats which we are likely to meet in the mornings as we make our way out of Vathi by kayak. Each day, we will do a kayak trip to explore the island coastline and there will be a coach with the group who will do land and water based sessions. We will look at techniques such as: Posture & connectivity with your kayak Forward paddling Using strokes for power Maintaining direction Edging a sea kayak Landing and launching We will also work on safety skills such as rescues and self-rescues and we can also give coaching for rolling for those wishing to develop this technique. We will work with each paddler according to their level and needs as well as with the group. At the end of every day, we will plan the following day as a group and decide on which route to take by learning to interpret weather for sea kayaking. We will also discuss how to progress our learning and how each paddler would like to continue their personal development. We do a picnic lunch for our groups with plenty of ripe and flavoursome local produce. The bakery makes fresh brown soda bread every morning, the island grows tomatoes, onions and green peppers and produces olive oil and goat and sheep's cheeses. We stop for lunch breaks in the island's gorgeous beaches which will give you the opportunity to have a rest and swim or spend sometime snorkeling watching the many coloured fish that swim close to shore. In the evenings we socialise as a group either over dinner or over after dinner drinks in the local cafes and bars. This is a time to make new friends, talk about the day and enjoy the mild evening temperatures. During your stay you may see some of the local youngsters paddling with us. We have a program to train young people who want to become kayak guides and we take others for a paddle to raise awareness of the impact of plastic on their island. We use Perception 16 and 17 kayaks single kayaks. On request, we can also provide double kayaks. PLEASE NOTE: We can extend your stay either side of the break dates. Just let us know. If the dates don’t suit you, please take a look at our flexible packages here. The trip is suitable for all although a little level of fitness is recommended. You also have to be able to swim. YOU WILL LEARN SKILLS PADDLING SKILLS SUCH AS: Getting in and out of your kayak Forward paddling Turning & rudders Maintaining direction Paddling as part of a group Paddling in flat and possibly moderate conditions We will do afternoon practice on assisted rescues, self-rescues and towing WHAT'S INCLUDED: Five nights shared accommodation, kayaks, general equipment such as paddles, buoyancy aid and spray deck and coach. You will have to get your own flight, taxis and cover your expenses such as provisions and tavern meals (Budget around £150 without flights). PRICE: £675 WITH £150 DEPOSIT ON BOOKING. To book or to ask any questions, mail me on [masked]

Past events (151)

Hiking in Ithaca - The Island of Ulysses

Odyssey Sea Kayak Club

£599.00

Photos (939)