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Course summary

Join us on our introduction to sea kayaking course and we will help you learn to sea kayak.  Interested to discover what sea kayaking is all about then this is the sea kayak course for you. We will teach you firstly how to maneuver your kayak before setting off to explore caves, arches and remote beaches. All the time we will keep our eyes open for Dolphins, seals and hundreds of different sea birds. Sea Kayaking Cornwall is a world recognised training centre and all of our staff are qualified and have lots of experience out on the sea. We have great wetsuits and jackets to keep you warm out on the water and hot showers back at our base for the end of the day before a debrief with a cup of tea in our classroom.
Our introduction to sea kayaking courses are focused on developing your skills and knowledge to enable you to be more competent at handling your kayak and safer out on the water.  This really is a great sea kayaking for beginners course.

1, 2 or 5 day?

1 Day Introduction

The idea of the one day is that we introduce you to the kayak and paddle and how to maneuver and paddle forward and then start exploring the coastline.  During a short journey you will be introduced to different strokes to help to handle the kayak more efficiently.  The aim is to find a remote beach for a lunch break to give you a taste for how a sea kayak enables you to access the best the Cornish coast has to offer.  At the end of the day you will have the chance to try rescues in deep water, using spraydecks and any strokes that you may end up getting wet practicing!

2 Day introduction

On the 2 day introduction to sea kayaking course you will have an intensive first day working on skills and strokes similar to the 1 day introduction.  On the second day you will then get the opportunity to put the skills learnt on day one into practice on a day journey along the Cornish coast. We have an efficient drying room at our base so you can have dry kit for day 2.

5 Day introduction

Our 5 day introduction to sea kayaking is an intensive course.  We will have the opportunity to really get to know you and help you towards your needs and desires. We will also be able to paddle in different locations to suit the weather allowing you to explore more of the amazing coastline on our doorstep.  We would aim to get you rolling your kayak by the end of the week.  There is also time to learn different ways to rescue and each day look at the weather tides and planning to choose the best location.

We are flexible on the dates of this course so please contact us if you can’t find the date you want.

Experience needed

No previous experience required


Location and times

We meet between 09:00 – 09:30 at Sea Kayaking Cornwall, Dove House, Tregoniggie TR11 4SN. We will sit down in our briefing room at 9:30 to discuss individual needs and desires and get to meet everyone on the course. The finish time may vary depending on the chosen launch location and the plan for the day but we normally aim to finish around 16:00.
Sea Kayaking Cornwall is located on the edge of Falmouth. Follow signs to Falmouth which will take you passed ASDA. Continue on until the next roundabout with cannons on. Take the second exit towards Budock Water. Continue straight across the next roundabout.   After about 200m turn left into Tregoniggie ind estate. We are down the hill on the left.

What to bring

Camera to capture the action off the water.
A towel!
A flask of hot drink.
Packed lunch
Your personal paddling equipment
Old trainers or wetsuit boots
We are looking forward to seeing you out on the water.

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What it includes

The course fee includes equipment if required. The equipment we can supply are wetsuits, thermal tops, water proof kayaking jackets, buoyancy aids, helmets, spray decks and of course kayaks and paddles. We use quality equipment maintained to a high standard to ensure you are comfortable and safe out on the water.  The fee also includes transport during the course if required. We also have hot showers and a drying room for you to use.  Our base has navigation equipment and a multimedia classroom to utilise for briefings and classes.  During your course our kitchen has an endless supply of fresh coffee and tea to get you started each morning.  We also have secure kayak storage if required during your time with us.