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1:1 Coaching Day

Sometimes you just want the time with an experienced coach to ask your questions, discuss your paddling, pick the brains of an experienced paddler and passionate outdoor pursuits coach, or simply have a competent person alongside you for confidence.

Well, that is what our bespoke 1:1 coaching days in sea kayaking (open canoeing also available) are all about. You!

I've worked in the industry for over 30 years (land and water-based) and will draw upon this diversity of experiences to help you develop your skills, confidence, understanding, etc. as appropriate to you and your aspirations.

There is no fixed agenda for the day and we can spend as much of the day on land discussing equipment and planning strategies or on water developing techniques and strategies and implementing the plan as you wish.

You are welcome to bring your own equipment as long as it is fit for purpose and your buoyancy aid is CE marked and less than five years old.

The cost includes a 1:1 'Zoom' or Skype meeting prior to the day so that we can get to know each other and begin to identify what you are looking for and, perhaps, what you need. It will certainly enable me to begin to plan the best day possible for you - or to know when to call it off if it is too challenging!

If you are a complete novice to kayaking (or open canoeing), please get in touch first so we can discuss whether this is the right option for you or whether you would be better off attending one of our day long journeys first.

This is your day, so be prepared to work hard to get the most out of it.

What to bring

  1. Clothes for paddling appropriate to the the weather
  2. Towel
  3. Change of clothes
  4. Your own paddling equipment if you prefer (including buoyancy aid, spraydeck and paddle)
  5. Sunhat
  6. Suncream & lip balm
  7. Sunglasses with retainer cord
  8. Gloves & beanie hat (if cold)
  9. Shoes to wear whilst kayaking (they will get wet)
  10. Reusable water bottle
  11. Flask if you prefer hot drinks during the day
  12. Snacks whilst paddling (optional)
  13. Personal medication
  14. Personal accident & possessions insurance


The requirements for a 1:1 coaching day are pretty straightforwards. You should:

  1. have an average level of fitness,
  2. have some experience of kayaking (or canoeing if choosing that),
  3. be prepared to work hard and ask lots of questions,
  4. be 18 years or over.

You may be asked to help move equipment or load boats onto trailers/roof racks.

Don't worry if:

  1. you are over 6'3" (190cm) or 15 stone (95kg),
  2. lack experience,
  3. you have a specific medical or dietary need.

If any of these apply to you or you have any questions about your suitability, then please get in touch with us before booking.

Beginners may opt for a 1:1 coaching day, but please call us to discuss before booking.


This will be decided in advance - a Skype or Zoom is included as this is often the best way for us to discuss and agree targets for 1:1 coaching days.

You may well be paddling for up to five hours of the day with a short lunch break. this will be guided by you and you will be able to rest when appropriate if you need a break or to ask questions.

Otherwise, it will be focussed on developing YOUR paddling not my coaching.

£170 for adults

Tue, 16th Aug
10:00 - 16:00 · 1 spaces left
Wed, 17th Aug
10:00 - 16:00 · 1 spaces left
Thu, 18th Aug
10:00 - 16:00 · 1 spaces left




From the time of booking you have seven full days to change your mind, cancel your entire booking(s) and receive a full refund unless the booking was made 14 days or less prior to the start date of the trip (see below).

After this seven-day cancellation period and up to 8 days (15 for activities involving overnight stays) before the trip takes place, we will seek to reschedule your booking by offering you an alternative date, time or service. If this is not possible, we reserve the right to retain the deposit (25%) if, in refunding it, we would have to cancel a multi-day adventure or run the adventure at a loss.

With 7 days or less notice (14 for trips involving accommodation), we will retain your deposit (25% of the full cost) as we will be very unlikely to fill the place(s) vacated by your cancellation at such short notice.

Any bookings made and paid through the online booking system incur a 10% fee to cover the costs of issuing refunds. Bookings made direct with us and paid via bank transfer, cheque or cash will not incur any charges.

Cancellation of one (or more) place(s) on an adventure (but not the full booking) will be handled in the same way as above.

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Where we'll meet

The meeting location is decided on the day.

Location will be decided together in advance but may still change when weather and tide conditions are known (i.e. one day before the coaching day). Karl will contact you the day before if there is a need to change the location or cancel the day.

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