Just imagine landing your sea kayak on a stunning beach and setting up camp for the night. Imagine sitting around a driftwood fire as the night draws in. You hear the gentle roll of the sea and the chatter of various sea birds. This is sea kayaking at its best.
Previous sea kayaking experience is required Sea Kayak Award(3*) Personal Performance skills, as a minimum. With all of our Journeys and Expeditions, this means that you get the most out of each stunning experience.
This is your chance to experience sea kayaking along the coast and islands of Shetland or Orkney. Both are really superb sea kayaking location's with crystal clear waters, sea stacks, big clifts, huge caves, Geo's, gullies, arches, truly stunning history and wildlife such as otters, dolphins, porpoise's and.... if were lucky Orca and other whales too. With its northern location, its cooler, more agriculture, wild and remote at times. Both are also flatter than most West Coast islands so the midge population is smaller in number!!
Static camping based for Orkney, which you need to supply your own camping kit for (public camping is not included in the course cost) and full use of a Hostel for Shetland (included in the cost of the course). You need to bring your own sea kayak.
You will meet Roger in Shetland or Orkney. To keep cost down, were possible Roger is keen for individual's to car share and only take what vehicles are necessary across. Either way the course starts on Shetland or Orkney and you need to get your self there!
It is essential that Roger has paddled with you before and seen you paddle in a variety of conditions. Which means if itv was 2 or 3 years ago, he will want to know what you have done since. Your skills and ability need to current, as both courses have significant tidal flow, BIG ocean swell and exposed sections of coastline.
Ability: Top end InterMediate performance skills as a minimum (your able to paddle 30 km a day, happy in f4 (16-18mph) winds, manage 1mt swell and surf, have an occasional roll, able to assist in rescues). The greater your skill level and ability the more likely you are to enjoy and progress during the course.
This is bound to be an exciting and memorable adventure.
Interested and want more information, then email Roger to discuss further.
This expedition is 'One BIG Adventure', that takes in the rugged coastlines of the West and North of Scotland and the relative shelter of The Great Glen. And at over 400 nm this is a significant and realistic venture. This expedition covers some of the most spectacular and exposed stretches of the UK coastline, including Cape Wrath, the infamous Pentland Firth and the most westerly point of mainland UK, Ardnamurchan Point and many glorious beaches along the way. In 2015 the team was successful in completing this, in 28 days and in 2017 the 'Salty' RoB from Fort William to Inverness was completed in 28 days. Read more here
In 2011 Coastal Spirit decided to run 'One BIG Adventure' (1BA), a fast track and rapid development programme, with a one month long paddle around Wales. The plan was to use the canals and waterways on the inland section and then along the coastline, to rejoin the dots back to the start point. Di Lee, one of the course participants wrote an article about her adventure in two parts, which can be read below. Enjoy!
Prices above are per person and in GBP.
Here is a document that gives recommendations and suggestions for equipment, food and clothes for a sea journey trip:- Recommendations for equipment.doc
For some information and tips on good practice and hygiene, click on the following:- Tips for Hygeine.pdf
We can also offer journeying and expedition support, anywhere in the UK and abroad. So if you have a group and a journey or expedition in mind, contact us.
If you have further questions or want to know about availability contact us.
"And I'm probably learning more from his mentoring now, as my paddling horizons expand, than ever before. I can't count how many questions I've asked... and he's answered. Roger has the knack of making that suggestion that radically changes your thinking and moves your paddling on in leaps and bounds."
"I've just completed a two day 4* Sea kayak training course with Roger. Having been coached by Roger in the past, I choose to do this course with Roger because I knew I would get a great deal from the course. My expectations were certainly well and truly met"
"There are a number of wonderful things about Roger. He has a very light touch in his coaching, and he's always smiling and encouraging you to relax into the enjoyment of the day"