Sea Kayak Safety & Rescue with Gordon Brown


The ability to be able to rescue yourself, and others, is key within sea kayaking.

On the course you will learn:

Balance fun and games; Posture to develop balance; Emptying a swamped kayak; Using a paddle float to increase your stability; A variety of methods to empty your kayak in deep water and of getting back into your kayak; How to stabilise your kayak as you pump it out; Safely rescuing a fellow paddler



Two day course

Starting day 1 with balance games and fun exercises will increase your comfort levels while on, and in, the water. The progression will take you through various self-rescue techniques and by the end of the day you will be able to empty your kayak and perform several of these safely, confidently and efficiently.

Day 2 will introduce group rescues in a progressive manner, allowing development time as we go along. We will explore: communication, securing the kayak and casualty, manoeuvring the kayak, emptying the kayak as well as a multitude of ways to allow the casualty to get back in to their kayak. By the end of this day, you will have sufficient knowledge and skills to allow you to perform a quick, efficient rescue in rough water.

One day course will cover the same areas but in less detail and is more suitable as an introduction toes kayak safety and rescue.


Waiver/Medical Forms

Please review the following form prior to your program. Please sign/initial the form in the presence of your instructor/guide, who will act as your witness.

Ocean River Sports Waiver (PDF)

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