The advanced trip has a smaller ratio and aims to get out on more demanding trips around the Islands where tide, swell and wind would be encountered. Journeys would typically be longer and more exposed, enabling us to really explore the most dramatic parts of the Islands.
Comprising 45 Islands, the Isles of Scilly are located around 50km from the Cornish mainland at the most South Westerly point of the British Isles. The archipelago offer a paradise for Kayakers with white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, islands to explore and surf and tide to play in. As with our Cornwall Sea and Surf trip, all this is on top of a good dose of British Culture with cosy pubs, the finest British food (don't laugh) and of course good old British humour with your "Swiss German speaking" English Coach & Guide. For more information on the Islands check out the Isles of Scilly tourism site.
Dependent on weather and sea condition we use a variety or locations from our base on St Marys. During the Advanced week we would hope to explore the Western and Northern Isles, where the Atlantic first meets Britain. If conditions allow we would also attempt to paddle to the famous lighthouse of Bishops Rock.
British Canoeing Performance Sea Kayak Coach, small group ratios, top quality equipment including drysuits. 5 Course days and 7 nights accommodation (excluding: transport to the UK).
For the advanced trip, completion of the British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak Award or equivalent experience would be expected as well as being comfortable to paddle over 20km in a day. Feeling comfortable in wind and swell is a a pre-requisite but rolling is not necessary. If in doubt, feel free to give Dave a call on +41 79 673 6401.
Click here for the full British Canoeing 3 star Sea Kayak Syllabus
Paddling Gear & Drysuit needed. A full kit list will be sent out at the time of booking.
Holiday apartment on St Marys with Single Occupancy or double Occupancy as required. Please inquire for double occupancy prices.
Meeting point: St Marys, Isles of Scilly
3rd-10th June 2022 (Level: Intermediate - Good 2Star Skills)
27th May - 3rd June 2022 (Level: Advanced - Around 3Star Skills)
Please get in touch about the levels if you're not sure.
Intermediate Week Including 7 nights accommodation: CHF1950
Advanced Week Including 7 nights accommodation: CHF2195
If booking both weeks there is a discount of 10% on the second course.
Getting to Cornwall and in particular the Isles of Scilly takes some time and is only just possible in one day. It is much better to spread the journey over two days and also plan in some extra time to explore this beautiful region.
Easyjet offer flights to London Gatwick and Bristol. The closest airport is Newquay in Cornwall and FlyBe offers connecting flights from Manchester and London Gatwick. Skybus run by Isles of Scilly travel then offer flights from Newquay to St Marys in the Isles of Scilly.
The Scillonian III runs once daily in each direction between Penzance and St Marys taking around 3 hours and our kayaks will be transported as freight to the islands.
The Night-Riviera sleeper train runs from London Paddington to Penzance daily and offers a unique and efficient way to arrive in Cornwall. For more information have a look at Seat61. A great resource for rail travel around the world.
Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.
Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.