KAYAKING tuition and guidance.

We teach you the basics of KAYAKING in under an hour confident in the fact that you will be safe and knowledgeable in the water to enjoy your first days surfing.

Some of the topics we cover include: Kayak types and parts, safety equipment and use, fit, launching & landing, wet exits (you will get wet here), individual and assisted re-entry techniques, all basic strokes and maneuvers, introduction to bracing.

Once suitably ‘boned-up’ on technique you can hire a wet suit and KAYAK and be on the beach trying out your new skills in under 30 minutes. We are only a stones throw away from the Esplanade in Porthcawl or a short journey to many other safe beaches and coastal bays.
We can organise more in-depth courses and tuition for those that need that extra push or boost to their confidence before hitting the water. Call 01656 783310 for details

Kayaking Basics

Your Ocean Kayak boat has basic features. The front of the boat is the bow and the rear is the stern. When looking forward to the bow, the left side of the boat is port and the right side of the boat is starboard.

In the middle of the boat, there is a cockpit area with a seat (towards the stern) and foot wells (toward the bow). Inside the cockpit, there are holes that go all of the way through the boat called scuppers. These scuppers allow the boat to drain. On many of the models, there is a bungee in the front of the cockpit and behind the seat. This allows you to secure gear to the deck of the boat. Your particular model may have hatches that allow access to the inside of the boat for gear storage.

Alongside the cockpit are a series of small “U” cleats, called accessory strap eyes. These are used to attach accessories to the boat, such as backrests and knee braces.

Safety in the Water:

With the proper knowledge and experience, kayaking is very safe.
When considering safety be aware of the following:

  • Never exceed the weight capacity of your boat and always check your equipment for wear and tear before you paddle.
  • Wear your life jacket. Coast Guard regulations require that all kayaks have a lifejacket on board. Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water.
  • Tell someone your paddle plan, which includes: where you are going, what you will be doing, how long you expect to be gone and how many people are in your party. Then stick to your plan.
  • Paddling in the surf zone or in rivers can be dangerous. Always wear a helmet.
  • Stay hydrated. Always bring plenty of water and food.
  • When paddling in a new area, check with the locals regarding currents, shoreline conditions and weather patterns.

It’s helpful to have a rough idea of the day’s predicted weather patterns so you don’t get caught in a sudden storm, however in the UK the weather can be ‘read’ and with a bit of common sense you will know when its not safe to enter the water. Beware of off-shore winds that make it difficult to return to shore. If paddling in cold water, a wet suit or dry suit can keep you warm and comfortable. In warm weather, a long sleeve shirt can provide sun protection

The waves
Even small waves can pack quite a punch and can knock you around quite a bit. They’re fun to ride for the advanced, but not for beginners. Plan an “escape” route – an alternative place to get off the water should environmental conditions dictate it. Abiding by these rules will help to make your kayak adventure safer and fun

Be aware of any currents running on the beach – they can be both useful and dangerous if you don’t know about them. Ask around for the best advice.

Other water users
Be aware that there may be bathers and other water users, keep a good lookout.

Your swimming skills
Kayakers need to be good swimmers too. If you lose your kayak or get knocked off by a wave, you must be comfortable in the sea or you’ll panic and put yourself in danger.

Visit our shop in the heart of Porthcawl to find out more:
49 New Road, Porthcawl, CF36 5DH