A sea kayak skills development course based in Kefalonia! This is a week-long combination of stunning day-trip journeying, paddling around the diverse beauty of Kefalonia and a very rewarding sea kayak coaching experience. This is also a pathway towards a new British Canoeing Personal Performance Award.
This coaching/journeying sea kayaking week schedule is very versatile. It is more beneficial, enjoyable and developing for paddlers with some sea kayaking experience or anyone that have somehow started their sea kayaking pathway, however, all levels of personal sea kayaking performance entering this course will find it developing and constructive. Everyone holding any British Canoeing or other international award (or performing at the standard), looking for refreshing skills and gaining experience practicing, looking for developing, journeying paddling time or looking for working on specific skills of the syllabus, will find this sea kayaking experience interesting and rewarding.
Feel free to contact us and provide us with some information about you, in order to find out what would best meet your needs and expectations!
During the week we are based in beautiful apartments at the south part of the island, near Trapezaki area. This means that we enjoy a total of 7 nights staying in -the same for all days- double occupancy apartments.
- Day_1 – Meeting day:
We meet at Lourdata/Vlachata where our accommodation is arranged for the week. We set our meeting for early evening in order to have time to get to know the team and discuss, prepare, plan and brief for the following days!
Note: the success of this week’s schedule lies within a combination of getting the most out of what the weather conditions lay in front of us and meeting individual’s needs in sea kayak skills development. For this reason, the schedule of this week is a product of aiming to explore the best of the islands’ coastline as well as combining this with time practicing on the areas of development addressed along the way; in short, it is revised on day 1 and reasonably flexible thereafter.
- Day_2: Journeying, South stretch
On our first day out at sea, we head out exploring the south of Kefalonia’s coast. We opt for a 0930 start paddling between Lourdas and Katelios. This part of the island is a remote, yet welcoming stretch with sheltered seas, many beautiful beaches with limited access and great opportunities for warming up, exploring and refreshing techniques. Our day finishes in the afternoon, debriefing while enjoying a refreshing drink and is completed with a delicious dinner in the area – either as a team or individually.
- Day_3: West Coast
This day we head to the west coast of Kefalonia, aiming to make and enjoy the most of an impressive coast, full of fun features and complex, mesmerising caves. Reaching the fascinating and inaccessible white rocks beach, the day is offered for rescues and “wet drills” practice in the warm and clear water too! In the afternoon, parts of the theory topics that might be worth developing will be refreshed during an hour’s session.
- Day_4: South-west coast
Looking for venues with the appropriate sea states, this day will find us exploring and playing at the Southwest part of the island. The coastline is again mostly inaccessible, scenic and interesting for skills development and prepares us for the spectacular scenery of the next days’ experiences. Another theory early afternoon session will complete our day.
- Day_5: North-west coast
Paddling near Myrtos bay, will reveal the reasons that have made Kefalonia famous world-wide as a top holidays destination. We are highly privileged to be able to steer away from the busy spots and discover the truly unique hidden gems of beauty of this island’s coastal environment, with the serenity offered by our sea kayaks.
- Day_6: North-West coast (again!)
The west coast of Kefalonia is long and rather interesting for us paddlers! Enjoying another day here, allows for further exploration of other stretches of the coast that keeps delivering picturesque bays and features. A visit to the picturesque village and peninsula of Assos might as well be the case for the day -coaching along the journey, practicing skills, and playing with whatever the sea offers, before our arrival. In the afternoon we will be heading back to our rooms debriefing and reflecting on the day.
- Day_7: Anywhere interesting!
We are looking for an interesting venue for this day. Interesting in a way so that it provides with the opportunities to demonstrate the set of awareness, seamanship, paddling skills and knowledge that completes the puzzle needed for a British Canoeing Sea Kayak Personal Performance award completion and nevertheless, a memorable week exploring stunning coastlines with your sea kayak in the Mediterranean, Ionian sea, Greece!
- all top quality paddling, camping and appropriate for the course/trip gear
- experienced British Canoeing Sea Kayak coach (UKCC Level 2 endorsed) and appropriate, active course providers
- 7 nights’ accommodation in double occupancy apartments
- All lunches (6) , fruits & snack
- Post-course and future development action plans
During this sea kayaking week, you shall need:
- Swimming suit(s)
- Sun glasses
- UV protection cream
- Sea shoes / sandals
- Dry clothes