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Introduction to Sea Kayaking Workshop

Hickling, Norfolk
kayak - Up to 4 people


Introduction to Sea Kayak Workshop

The NOA Introduction to Sea Kayaking Workshop is a great way to learn about paddling at sea safely as opposed to more calmer inland sheltered waters that people may only be used too. 

This workshop is is a perfect opportunity to learn not only about the physical side to Sea Kayaking - but also to understand the added risks due to tide, swell, winds and how to understand coastal navigation. The session will also tackle how to cope should you or another fellow paddler face a capsize and rescue situation whilst paddling out at sea.

Please note that this session is not suitable for complete beginners and paddlers wishing to undertake this session must have at least 10 hours of paddlign experience in 'sit-in' type kayaks.

If you wish to gain a good grounding for kayaking as a complete novice, then please consider our Kayaking SKills & Safety Workshop with will give you a fantastic grounding.

We operate a low Instructor/Student ratio on our Sea Kayaking Workshop with limited spaces per session which enables the more interaction time with the instructor.

This is both a practical and theory workshop which takes place both on and off the water ensuring that all of the following topics are covered:

  1. Equipment - Boat types/paddles, safety checks, correct fitting of boats and buoyancy aids
  2. Paddle Planning - Weather, understanding tide, swell, coastal navigation principles, safety considerations, environmental considerations.
  3. Basic self/Group Rescue - Safe capsize, helping a swimming paddler, emptying a full boat, re-entering capsized craft.
  4. Paddling Equipment - Correct paddling clothing, safety kit, communications, food/drink.
  5. Paddle Skills - Correct use of the paddle, developing efficient paddle techniques and bracing strokes.

Cost of workshop includes highly experienced instructor, boat, paddle, buoyancy aids, spray decks and all other related equipment.

You may bring your own boat if you have one and wish to do so.

What to bring

  1. Meeting and parking is anywhere in the car park at NOA HQ and Pleasure Boat Inn pub. Please note that you will need your own transport to then get to our coastal location - we will transport boats. Parking charges will apply upon arrival.

  1. Toilets, changing and cafe facilities are available at the location.

  1. It’s advisable to bring layers and a waterproof/windproof cag or jacket (if you have the same in trousers then bring them also). You may also want to bring a wetsuit with you if you have one as you will be getting into the water for some of the self-rescue scenarios - these can be hired from us for this session - please add this to your booking.

  1. Please rember to bring sunscreen, hat if needed, water and high energy snacks.

  1. Time on the water to last approx 4 hours and then they'll be time for tea breaks and the chance to have a chat as a group with your instructor


Is there a minimum age requirement to participate on this workshop?

We operate a minimum age of 16 years old for this workshop.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes, due to the aquatic nature of Kayaking and particualry Sea Kayaking we ask that you can confidently swim a minimum of 100m unaided and fully clothed.


Cancellation Policy

Here at Norfolk Outdoor Adventures we understand that sometimes the weather can turn against us and also that life changes and can occasionally get in the way of us having a good time! Therefore we thought it fair to create this page to outline what our policy is on cancellations - wether it’s due to canceling/postponing trips and experiences due to unfavourable weather, or from a cancellation of a booking directly from the participant.

Cancellation due to inclement weather:

All lessons, trips, experiences are subject to weather conditions and availability of instructors/guides and maybe be cancelled or postponed at short notice. Should this be the case then you will be notified as soon as possible and sent a unique code which will enable you to re-book for any of our sessions in the future and will be valid for 1 year from date of the cancelled session.

Participant Cancellation:

Participant cancellations within 7 days of the date of the booked event are subject to 25% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within 24hrs of the date of the event. Only applicable to the original booking and cannot apply to any credit or voucher supplied as a result of the original booking.

Minimum Pre-Booked Participation Requirements:

As you can understand it takes quite a lot of organisation and planning to run our trips successfully, therefore we will only run our trips if we have received the minimum booking numbers to make the trip work on the day. In the case of this trip the minimum bookings required is 4 people booked on in advanceof the trip date.

Should the trip look like it will not take place due to insufficient bookings, you will be notified of it’s cancelation as soon as possible (5pm night before trip at latest) and as we don't want you to miss out - a gift voucher/code will be sent too you in order to re-book onto anything that you would like to take part in with NOA in the future.

Cancellation due to Natural Disaster:

As per our policy for ‘Natural Disasters’ no refunds will be offered if cancellation is due to an unforeseeable natural disaster or ‘act of God’ as quite obviously this is out of our control.  Specifically, in no event will we be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever without limitation arising from the contracting of COVID-19 Coronavirus whilst engaging in any of our activities and/or sessions and by agreeing to this you thereby release and discharge us from any claims and liabilities against us due to any COVID-19 Coronavirus circumstance which might occur.  We will of course honour your booking going forward and will offer you a unique credit code which will enable you to re-book for any of our sessions in the future and will be valid for 1 year from date of the cancelled session

View cancellation policy for Natural Disasters on our website including COVID-19 HERE

View full Cancellation Policy online HERE

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