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Sea Kayak Navigation and Rescue Day at Chester-le-Street

£89 per person

The first half of the day will be classroom based, with many opportunities for hands on practical, and the second part of the day we’ll be out on the water taking part in several rescues to keep yourself and others safe on the water. The emphasis of this course is an introduction to tides, how to predict them and how they work. In addition to this it will give you the skills to plan coastal journeys in areas that are affected by tidal movement. This planning will include the use of Tidal Streams Atlas’s, Pilots, Charts and Ordnance Survey Maps. Having learned how to plan these coastal journeys we will also look at key navigation techniques to ensure that you can stay on route during your journey!

The aim of this course is to give you the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions and look after themselves as well as others in their group. This will include the following aspects.

  • To interpret sources of information including maps, charts, coastal pilots and tide tables
  • To navigate on the water using visual references and simple pilotage techniques e.g. transits and dead reckoning
  • Effective use of a compass
  • To be able to source, interpret and apply weather information to your environment.
  • You will be made aware of the role of the Coastguard and the value of liaising with them
  • Be able to safely rescue a capsized swimmer from deep water.
  • Self-rescue yourself in a capsize.
  • Use a kayaking towing system.
  • Understand the correct use of handheld VHF radios and flares.

All specialist equipment is provided, well maintained and you can be sure you will have the right kit for the job!

Prerequisite (what experience should I have)
  • Kayak-based participants need to have attended an intro course or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the kayak control required to complete the course
  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • First aid certificate is not compulsory, but it’s strongly recommended for all paddlers
  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
What’s included

We provide you with all the kayak and safety equipment.

  • Wetsuit – please check your wetsuit requirements in the sizing chart below, you will be asked to provide your wetsuit size required during the booking process.
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Kayak, paddle & spray-deck
  • All classroom material, including jotter and pencils
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Pictures from your session will be available to download from our Flickr account
What should I bring to the adventure?
  • Swimwear for under your wetsuit
  • A big fluffy towel for afterwards
  • Soft shoes to wear that might get a bit wet (no flip flops or crocs please)
  • Sunscreen
  • Packed lunch
Venue location and your arrival details

A beautiful location for a blissful kayak experience. This section of the River Wear is well sheltered from the elements and allows us to paddle on a calm stretch of flowing water. The river is abundant with wildlife, and provides a great little heaven for spotting kingfishers, otters, heron, salmon and sea trout, mute swans, muscovy ducks, great black-backed gulls, wood pigeon, and the occasional glimpse of the roe deer! 
This great riverside venue, at the sea cadets centre in Chester-le-Street, and the address and postcode can be found below. There is a pay and display carpark and the approx. will be £5 for the day. 

Donald Owen Clarke Centre (sea cadets building), Riverside. Chester-le-Street (DH3 3QR) 

Your team will meet you at our riverside base. Our venue has changing rooms and toilets. 

Private session

Talk to us about scheduling your own private session. With a minimum of 6 paddlers you can choose a date and time to suit you!

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