Join Enjoy-Crete (our trusted partner) on an introduction to sea kayaking. Interested to discover what sea kayaking is all about then this is the sea kayak course for you.
Learn the basics of sea kayaking including basic rescue techniques.
This is a structured course with a large emphasis on learning as well as enjoyment. We use the best equipment to allow you to be comfortable out on the water.
Enjoy-Crete's high instructor to client ratios will enable you to get lots of individual feedback to inspire learning. In the morning of the course we will seek out sheltered waters to learn how to turn, stop, paddle straight (forward and backwards), gain stability, spin on the spot, use rudder strokes and rescue each other.
We are flexible on the dates of this course so please contact us if you cant find the date you want.
It is not necessary to have previous experience of kayaking. Novices may also prefer to request double kayaks, which are the most stable option. You should be used to and enjoy the outdoor life and be able to swim.
The experience is completely self-guided and it is important that you are comfortable on the water in different weather conditions.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding your suitability for the course.
The aim of the course is to provide you with the necessary skills to paddle any sea kayak with safety. The course is suitable for people without any paddling experience or with limited experience seeking a proper way to learn and improve their skills. This course is required if you wish to join in any of the other courses that we offer (surfing, Eskimo roll, rescue skills, advanced paddling).
During the course and depending the progress we might been able to do a small journey in a protected area up to 15km. The aim of the course is to learn the basics properly as poor paddling skills can lead to serious injuries.
During the course you will learn:
1. How we carry the kayak
2. How we properly put the kayak to the roof rack
3. Forward paddling
4. Moving sideways
5. Moving sideways and keeping speed
6. What we need to be aware to paddle in a straight line
7. How we stop the kayak
8. Proper fitting and posture
9. How to launch and land to the shore
10. Kayak parts & equipment
11. Deep water re-entry (two different ways)
12. Wet exit
13. How to avoid cap size (low brace)
14. How to trim the kayak with skeg
15. Turning (included 360 degrees turning)
16. Stern rudder
17. Empty the kayak in deep water
Duration of the course: The course take place 4 days for 4 hours each time or 2 days of 8 hours each. During the winter there is great flexibility, just let us know which dates are suitable for you and we will discuss with other participants to make a plan.
Requirements: You need to be at least 14 years old and now to swim. To run a course we need at least 3 participants. Maximum 6 participants per group.
What do I need to carry with me during the course? During the summer only your swimming suit and ideally a light neopren show (not required but is wise to have with you). During the winter due to water been cold you need clothes to change after we finish the course. We will provide a neopren suit suitable for sea kayak (those are different than canyoning and diving) plus jacket if it is windy. We've got a few shoes in different sizes but there is a chance not to have your size and is wise to have your own. A light neopren shoe (cost around 20euros in diving shops) or sandal like Teva are fine.
Location of the course: Depending the weather the course can take place either in Amoudara (very rare due to weather been windy in this area), Pantanassa or Ligaria. The most likely scenario will be to take place in Ligaria bay. The bay is located about 20 minutes from Heraklion. If there are 6 participants the course can take place anywhere in Crete, like Chania, Rethimno etc if you like. Just get in touch with us to arrange this.
Price: 250€ (sea kayaking equipment included).