Sea kayaking is so much more than just a “sport”; more than just a physical activity which happens to take place out on the water. Sea kayaking is pure adventure, a complete immersion in nature and the perennial striving for a deeper understanding of things – out on the water as well as on dry land.
This course, which is incorporated into a moderate sea kayaking tour along the Atlantic coast of France, is not about paddling technique, rescues, or safety on the water. It’s actually about everything else – those things that make our hobby so unique. This is where you will learn what you need in order to prepare for your future sea kayaking expeditions and adventures: camp skills like building shelters, fire techniques, survival skills – all of which will be carefully adjusted to marine environments and – perhaps most exciting of all – gathering, fishing, and setting fish traps. We will in fact be spending much of the week gathering fantastic food to the rhythm set by the tide, gaining a deeper insight into the fascinating world of the edible plants which grow along the shoreline and under the sea. So, this is the ideal course for all adventurers, camping and bivouacking freaks, lovers of nature and wilderness, hunters and gatherers, fish and seafood junkies, and all those amongst you who have never stopped being curious!
For this course, it doesn’t matter what knowledge you already have: whether you normally start your fire with a gas stove or a bow drill, this week will provide a unique opportunity for us to immerse ourselves in the subject matter, as we have managed to get hold of an absolute master of all things related to wilderness, survival and expedition skills: top British coach Lee John Waters, freelance trainer for the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) and long-time instructor for the Royal Marines.
Our course location will be Île de Bréhat and the surrounding Côtes-d’Armor, in the bay of Saint Malo. Here, the plan will be to gently paddle our way from bivouac to bivouac – without having to stick to a specific plan or cover huge distances. The tide alone will determine our schedule. During the week we have selected for this trip, we’ll have tidal ranges of 5m to 7m and moderate currents between the islands, which is why the tour is not suitable for inexperienced newcomers to sea kayaking.
Important to know: This one-week course includes the ISKGA “Expedition Skills” module, which is normally organised as a three-day course. However, we prefer to offer the module in the context of a week-long course because a) we are convinced that it is far more effective to have the time to be able to really practise what has been learnt and b) we want you to really be able to enjoy this time out in nature. Gathering, fishing, making fire, being outside – THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT! We want to have a go at everything and enjoy everything to the full. This isn’t just about learning new skills. It’s also about slowing right down and enjoying real nature. And since that’s what we are aiming for, a week is the absolute minimum!
This premium course will be led by two Moryak guides (Lee and Sharon) and is limited to a maximum of six participants. Make sure you get your spot while places are still available!