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Sea Kayak Coaching

 

  • Introduction Sea Kayaking Course

Our first and most important experience!Introduction to sea kayaking
During this 2-day beginners’ course we aim to create
the strongest foundations on which you are going to build
your future performance in sea kayaking.

We aim to discover a wide range of the techniques that are useful in order to maneuver our boats efficiently and safely – both in and out of the water.
Use and taking care of equipment, environmental considerations, fundamental safety and risk awareness are covered in a 2-hour classroom session.
Finally, we aim to share the remaining hours of this introductory sea kayaking course – a total of 10 hours – in quality paddling time in a calm water environment.

After this 2-day sea kayaking course, we will have been introduced to the strokes and skills we need in order to control our position and navigate effectively with a sea kayak in a sheltered environment.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 160€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: There is no previous experience needed. This course is specially designed to introduce us to sea kayaking.

 

  • Improvement Sea Kayaking Course

Your reassurance that your perfect practice in sea kayaking will make for a perfect performance.

This is a 2-day course that looks towards developing the skills introduced in the beginners’ course.
During the course we aim to solidify performance in the skills learnt,
individually identify and meet needs Coach teaching to new sea kayakers how to improve their techniquein improving our performance
in sea kayaking, as well as prepare ourselves for a bit choppier
or windier conditions. In a total of 10 hours, more handling
techniques are going to be discovered and practiced, along with a 2-hour classroom session.

Finishing the course, we will have practiced and developed thoroughly through all the skills and rescue approaches needed
to keep us in control and safe in sheltered water outings.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 180€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Having the introduction sea kayaking course completed works best. Equivalent past former instruction
in sea kayaking should be enough for attending this course.

 

  • Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course

Learning how to deal with the sea at intermediate sea kayaking coursesYour development to a competent sea paddler: it’s time for waves and wind! During this 2-day sea kayaking course we are looking to share 8 hours of quality coaching, paddling most of the time at a bit more challenging sea states and at moderate water environment. We aim to build confidence in performing in a more dynamic environment, expand our comfort zones and apply skills in real life conditions and sea journeys. We will work towards fine tuning and reviewing skills
for their application in more challenging conditions. During the 3-hour classroom time we will discuss about what seamanship, trip planning and navigation in sea kayaking means, as well as focus on chart work, weather, risk assessment, common incident scenarios, leadership and emergencies. By the end of the course, we will have been delivered the mental tools and the experience to help us competently take part in planning and to complete sea journeys and trips in up to sea state 3 conditions as a great member of a sea kayaking group.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 180€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Having the Improvement Sea Kayaking Course completed works best. Past adequate instruction of at least 4-days’ duration along with some recent sea kayaking adventure experience should be enough for attending this course.

 

 

  • Advanced Sea Kayaking Course

 

 

Fine tuning your rough water skills. This 3-day sea kayaking course aims at improving applied skills in advanced water environment.

During the course we will deal mostly with psychological and tactical aspects of our performance and we will develop an understanding of rough water handling considerations and approaches. Two hours of classroom time will set our minds for the 12 hours of water time spread within these 3 days.

Leadership awareness and tactics in sea kayaking will be visited as well as a night/ low visibility paddling will be part of this course, developing an awareness of low light/ visibility considerations and navigation.

By the end of this course we will have our comfort zone expanded and our applied skills developed in order to effectively progress towards safely approaching rough water, wind, waves, currents, swell and their combinations that can create challenging conditions.

Riding a boomer somewhere in West Greece.

Riding a boomer somewhere in West Greece.

DURATION: 3 days
COST: 270€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Having the Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course completed works best. Holding a BCU 3 star award or having a former intermediate level instruction completed in the past, along with significant paddling time since, should be enough for attending this course.

Tailor made sea kayaking courses by Odysea

Pre-launch briefing for the session, Ionian sea

The most rewarding paddling time we could have in order to become a strong sea kayaking paddler.

These tailor made courses will focus precisely on our personalized needs in order to build a strong and confident sea kayaking performance. The aim and areas of development for each day can be either discussed in advance and addressed by the participant or suggested during the course.

The coach/students ratio is kept at 1:1 or 1:2 so that individualization can be kept very high during the course. Strokes can be revisited, bilateral performance can be increased and confidence in applied skills in more challenging conditions can be developed during the tailor made coaching days.

The days can be a combination of sea kayaking day-trips and coaching on the journeys in some of the most beautiful parts of Greece’s coastline or based on suitably chosen sea kayaking venues depending on the needs of each student. This course is intentionally very open regarding to both its duration and student’s performance outcomes.

DURATION: As much needed
COST: 80€/ day (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Any kind of previous sea kayaking experience.

 

 

 

Sea kayaking courses for BCU 3 Star

Istanbul, Bodeka club – challenging our balance while preparing for a 3* assessment

This course aims to provide to anyone interested the opportunity to practice the skills needed for a “flight” through the BCU 3 star assessment.

Within its 2-day duration two appropriate sea kayaking trips are included: planning, scenarios, feedback and coaching on the move, while exploring beautiful parts of Greece and the hidden treasures of its coastlines – a great combination of exploring and refreshing our applied skills prior to a sea kayaking assessment.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 140€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Improver preparing for a 3 star assessment.

Practicing sea kayaking rescue techniques during the courseDuring this comprehensive 2-day course we will focus on developing an understanding of safety considerations for sea kayaking, as well as practicing different types of rescues applied in possible real life incidents.

We start each day with a 1-hour classroom time followed by 4 hours in the water. During the first day we aim to develop each rescue process in calm water and move on appropriate conditions during the second day.

Towing strategies are also covered in this course as part of rescue scenarios between sea kayaks.

After the course we will have the confidence and knowledge to safely and efficiently undertake a variety of rescues between sea kayaks, as well as increased our safety awareness for our forthcoming sea kayaking outings.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 140€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Basic maneuvering skills in a sea kayak.

Sea kayaking in a rock garden This 2-day sea kayaking course aims at developing a safe and enjoyable approach to any interesting and challenging rock garden formation and coastline. In Greece, rock formations with a swell running through can be a really exciting place to be with a sea kayak.

During the days of the course we focus on a variety of rock hopping safety considerations, skills development and rescues.

Each course day starts with a 1-hour classroom time followed by 4 hours of practice. By the end of the course you will be in position to safely start considering some rocks as your playground.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 180€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Having an Improvement Level Sea Kayaking Course attended works well. Maneuvering confidently in calm water using basic strokes should be enough. Ability to roll is welcome. Venues are chosen according to the level of experience of the participants.

Kayak Surf course in Greece, odysea

Sea kayak surfing evening course at Ionian Sea.

During this 2-day sea kayaking course we work on developing all the necessary skills that will help us enjoy the surf zone. Surfing with a sea kayak is quite challenging and great fun.

We aim to adapt all applied skills to the dynamic environment of the surf zone and develop a safety and tactical awareness while paddling in it. Each day starts with a 1-hour classroom session and continues with 4 hours of water time.

By the end of the course we will have increased our confidence and efficiency in sea kayaking, by being able to safely choose, plan and enjoy our sea kayak surfing playground.

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 180€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Having an Improvement Level Sea Kayaking Course attended works well. Maneuvering confidently in calm water using basic strokes should be enough. Ability to roll is welcome. Venues are chosen according to the level of experience of the participants.

 

 

Rolling from scratch during Odysea Sea kayaking courses

A. From Scratch

This 2-day sea kayaking course constitutes an introduction to the fundamental components of successful rolling techniques.

We make steps towards developing the motor skills needed through the first day on the water reviewing by the end of the sessions.

We progress on development during the second day allowing time for correcting or skill acquisition through appropriate practice. Having the skill to roll our boat after a capsize will open a new window of development to our overall performance in sea kayaking. By the end of the course we will by either able to roll a sea kayak or in a position to know exactly the areas of development that will allow us to roll very soon!

DURATION: 2 days
COST: 160€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: All levels of experience are welcome to attend this sea kayaking course.

B. Development

During this sea kayaking course we work towards developing the existing rolling technique to an acquired skill of our performance in real conditions.

This one day course (that could be linked to more days if further development is asked), aims at developing our roll to a skill on which to rely on more confidently, safely and successfully.

Consistency is what we work towards during this course. The course will focus on making a bomb-proof roll in more challenging than flat water environment. By the end of the day we will have progressed into developing our roll to a strong self-rescue skill.

DURATION: 1 day
COST: 80€ (including all suitable for the course and weather conditions paddling equipment, snack, action plan)
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: This sea kayaking course is suitable for those who are able to roll, though without consistency. The course is a smooth transition from the “rolling from scratch” course so it is the way to follow for someone having completed the “scratch” course or having had some successful attempts after other forms of instruction.

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