Sea kayaking is a great way to explore Scotland’s beautiful scenery from a unique vantage point. At Port Edgar Watersports we can help you learn and develop your kayaking skills, with sessions taking place both on and off site to give you a good range of experience. We also offer day trips and journeys, for those who just want to experience one of the world’s top sea kayaking destinations. We may be on the edge of a capital city, but the coastline around Edinburgh, Fife and the Firth of Forth holds nature reserves, uninhabited islands, and world-renowned architecture – all accessible by kayak.

Please have a look at the course details below for more information and available dates. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com. To make a booking directly through our website CLICK HERE

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

This is a 2-day course.

Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those with no kayaking experience, though an ability to swim will give you more confidence.

Over two days, our fully qualified instructors will teach you fundamental paddle strokes and boat control, as well as the safety and rescue skills needed to paddle as part of a led group. You will also gain a basic understanding of tides and trip planning. Depending on weather conditions, the weekend will also include a short journey, either locally under the impressive Forth Bridges, or further afield along the East Lothian or Fife coasts.

At the end of the course you will have the option to receive the BC 1* award (certificate fee £6 for SCA members, £7 for non-members).

2018 Dates: 24-25 March, 14-15 April, 26-27 May, 23-24 June, 21-22 July, 25-26 August, 29-30 September
Cost: £185

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Improver Sea Kayaking

This course is run as a 2-day or a 5-day course.

Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those with some kayaking experience, gained either through an Introduction to Sea Kayaking course or on their own.

We will focus on improving your skills, looking at efficient boat handling in a variety of conditions. We will also have the opportunity to work on dealing with incidents, tidal planning and navigation skills. The 5-day course will allow us to head out on more journeys and in a greater range of conditions.

2018 Dates:
2-day: 19-20 May, 7-8 July
5-day: 25-29 June
Cost: £185 2-day, £350 5-day

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Improver Sea Kayaking Evening course

This course runs over 5 weeks in 2-hour sessions, 7pm-9pm

Pre-requisites: some kayaking experience. We recommend taking the Intro to Sea Kayaking 2-day course prior to attending these classes.

Over the course of several weeks, you will build your sea kayaking skills and experience. The sessions will usually take the form of a coached session in the harbour, followed by a short journey to put the skills into practice. The order and content of sessions listed below is a guide only, as we will work with the weather conditions to get the maximum out of each evening. Sessions will also be adapted as much as possible to reflect the specific needs and requests of the group.

Week 1: Forward paddling
Week 2: Paddling in windy conditions
Week 3: Edging
Week 4: Rescues & Safety
Week 5: Maneuvering

2018 Dates: 10/17/24/31  May &  7 June,   21/28 June & 5/12/19 July,    26 July, 2/9/ 23 & 30  August (note no session on 16th August)
Cost: £120

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Sea Kayak safety, rescues & incident management

This is a 2-day course

Pre-requisites: some specific sea-kayaking experience. We recommend having completed our 2-day Introduction to Sea Kayaking, plus around 3-4 day trips additional to that.

No matter where you are in your paddling, it’s always worth thinking about what could go wrong, how to prevent it and how to deal with it. We will have a look at what to do if you or someone else capsizes, useful safety kit to carry, towing, rescues, and how to be a useful member of the paddling group. Come prepared to get wet!

2018 Dates: 4-5 August
Cost: £185

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Practical planning & navigation

This is a 2-day course

Pre-requisites: some specific sea-kayaking experience. We recommend having completed our 2-day Introduction to Sea Kayaking, plus around 3-4 day trips additional to that.

Over the course of the weekend we will cover the weather & tidal theory needed to plan a safe trip, as well as the navigation skills to carry that trip out. We will then plan and execute one or two trips to put the theory into practice. Depending on weather conditions, the course will invloved either half theory and half paddling on each day, or one day of theory and one of paddling.

2018 Dates: 16-17 June
Cost: £185

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Sea Kayak Expedition

This is a 3-day course.

Pre-requisites: This course is aimed at paddlers who are comfortable on a full day trip of approximately 20-25km, in conditions of winds up to Beaufort F3, and/or swell of up to 1m.

This 3-day course will introduce you to all the skills needed to start planning your own expeditions. Beginning at Port Edgar, we will take into account the weather and tidal conditions for the following few days, working as a group to plan our destination. Once boats and equipment are loaded up, we will head off to our start point. The first day will end with a short paddle to a wild camp spot. Day 2 will see us either packing up and moving on to another scenic location, or heading out on a day trip before returning to base. Finally day 3 will include a half-day paddle before returning to Port Edgar.

We will provide you with paddling equipment and drybags, but we do not provide camping equipment. For full details of equipment required please see our kit list.

2018 Dates: 2-4 June
Cost: £299

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Sea Kayaking Trips

Paddlesports offer a great way of exploring the outdoors, but venturing out on your own or with a peer group can be daunting. Our trips offer you the opportunity to discover new places, with the reassurance of knowing safety is provided by a fully qualified instructor. That same instructor can also help you consolidate and develop your skills as you paddle, passing on tips and hints, answering questions, and teaching you new things.

Trips are organised on a flexible basis and are dependent on weather conditions and instructor availability. If you have already attended a course, you are welcome to join our Sea Kayak trips facebook page for news of upcoming trips. If you have not attended a course with us, we would be more than happy to organise a trip for your group; please contact bookings@portedgarwatersports.com with details of your experience and availability.

Cost:
Full day: £69
Half day: £49

Intermediate Sea Kayaking / BC 3* Sea Kayak

This is a 2-day course.

Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those who are reasonably confident in their paddling but would like to refine or consolidate their skills. Please note that for paddlers wishing to complete the 3* award it is necessary to roll a sea kayak, however we will not be able to provide intensive teaching in this during the course.

This course is aimed at those with some kayaking experience, who would like to increase their paddling efficiency and move into more challenging conditions. Over the two days, depending on the weather conditions, we will look at areas such as kayaking in windy or rougher conditions, rescues and towing. We will also cover aspects of theory including tidal planning and navigation.

The course can be used simply to improve your skill and experience, however if you wish to take your British Canoeing 3* award you can be assessed for this during the course (certificate fee £12 for SCA members, £25 for non-members; see here http://canoescotland.org/courses-training/bcu-star-awards for full details of the syllabus).

2018 Dates: 5-6 May, 1-2 September
Cost: £185

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BC Sea Kayak Leader Training (formerly 4*)

This is a 2-day course.

Pre-requisites: Participants must have attended the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or an equivalent course approved by the SCA. Paddlers should be at least at 3* standard, though it is not necessary to hold the 3* award.

This course provides the formal training required for paddlers wishing to become BC Sea Kayak Leaders. Following on from the training, paddlers are required to build up a logbook of experience before presenting for assessment.

The Sea Kayak Leader is able to lead a group of paddlers in moderate tidal waters (up to 2 knots of tides, winds up to Beaufort Force 4, launching and landing through waves of up to 1m) where landings are available every 1-2 miles. The training course will cover paddling techniques, safety and rescue, and navigation, among other topics. For the full syllabus see here http://canoescotland.org/courses-training/bcu-star-awards. This course was formerly called the 4* Sea Kayak Leader, course content and remits remain unchanged.

2018 Dates: 21-22 April
Cost: £185

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BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This course runs as a 1-day or modular evening shore-based course, or is incorporated into the BC Sea Kayak Leader training

Pre-requisites: None.

This course will cover key aspects of sea kayak theory. We will look at how to plan for tides, weather and sea conditions, including how to make the best use of available sources of information. We will also cover navigation by both map and chart, looking at a range of practical strategies. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with planning in both the shore-based and practical courses. By the end of the course you should have a good understanding of what you need to think about before setting out to sea.

During the evening course we will include an additional session looking at aspects of safety & incident management.

The course covers the content of the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning award, and participants will receive the associated certificate. Full details of the syllabus can be found here. Although the CNTP serves as a pre-requisite for the BC Sea Kayak Leader award, it is suitable for kayakers of all levels.

2018 Dates:
1-day course: 8 September
Evening course:  21 & 28 February, 7, 14 & 21 March  or   31 October, 7, 14, 21 & 28 November  6.30pm-8.30pm
Cost:
1-day course: £85
Evening course: £100
Price includes certificate fee

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