An InterMediate sea kayaking course is for those who are confident in the water, have a good level of fitness, sea kayaked on moving water before, have some experience of tidal planning, plus paddling in Beaufort force 3 (13mph) winds as a minimum - ideal for those working towards the 3 star sea award or those who just want to be a better and more competent sea kayaker.
I tend to run the 3 star assessment as an on going training and assessment, with just a few more tasks to consider and action on the 2nd day. At the end of the first day there is time to review and ensure the client is aware of where they are presently, as on some occasions its better to use the 2nd day as training. Chris however, was up for the BCU 3 star assessment and it was good to see he was looking smooth and well prepared, with good edged and leaned turns. Mark, Carl, Jon and Stephen, joined in with the support of Douglas.
Due to a super sunny and calm forecast we went to North stack at the back of the ebb, and found some suitable flow and went through assisted and self rescues. Then some contact tows and rock hoping in Gogarth Bay.
The second day we needed some swell, wind and waves and the forecast was now F3/4 ish NW and the North coast looked promising. We paddled up to the most Northerly point and worked in the more confused water. looking at trim, particularly when coming into wind. As the ebbing current picked up we moved out into the swell and waves and caught a few surfing moments. A couple of the group were new to paddling in these type of conditions, were amazed at how the wind when apposed to the current, created a very different and exciting sea!
A couple of rescues were set up for Chris (thanks Craig), before we headed back into the calm of the bay. Congratulations to Chris on passing the BCU 3 star performance award.
The next InterMediate sea kayaking course is during the August holidays and currently has a few places available. The course is the 25-29th August and 2 or more days can be chosen. Otherwise its the weekend of the 6/7th September.
Unsure if your paddling at the level to access an InterMediate course, then consider booking a Bespoke day in September during the week and receive some clear direction at the same time. Plus a summer saving of £20 when quoting CS 8/2014 - discount only available up until 1800 on Friday 1st August 14.
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