Sea Kayak 1: Solid Foundations


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  • 2 days
  • 9:15am – 4:15pm


  • CHF340


  • 1:6


  • Karel & Dave

Course description

This introductory 2 day course intends to introduce you to the sport, improve your confidence on the water and develop your paddling skills so that you leave with a firm grounding in the essential techniques of sea kayak paddling.

Amongst other things, we will look at efficient forward paddling, different methods for getting in and out of the boat, edging and turning strokes. The two consecutive days also gives us the time to focus on your individual needs and whether you join the course with more experience, you’ll still get lots out of the course and a solid grounding in the techniques whatever your level.

We will spend the majority of the first day perfecting your paddling techniques and the second day focuses on planning, safety on the lake and dealing with problems. By the end of the day, you’ll feel confident capsizing, getting out of the boat, helping others get in and getting in on your own.

Our aim is to make you as self-sufficient as possible and give you a solid grounding in the sport to enable you to go out kayaking confidently under your own steam. We also encourage you to create a personal development plan so that you can continue to practice the techniques that you have been taught on the course.

You can book the days separately, however there are less dates available.



Open for all with an interest in learning about Sea Kayaking.

Unsere Coaching Philosophie

Individuelles Seekajak Coaching ist unser Herzensangelegenheit. Wir holen dich dort ab, wo du bist und begleiten dich bei dem, was du erreichen möchtest.

Durch unsere mehrjährige Erfahrung auf dem Meer verstehen wir, was das Seekajak Fahren wirklich ausmacht und sind passioniert, dieses Wissen auf eine möglichst effektive und nachhaltige Art und Weise weiterzugeben. 

Lerne Seekajak Basics auf dem See, der sich super eignet um Sicherheit für die ersten eigenen Paddelabenteuer zu gewinnen oder buche einen Finetuning Kurs, der dir wichtiges Werkzeug mitgibt, um auch auf dem Fluss oder sogar auf dem offenen Meer paddeln zu können. Egal, ob kurze Trips auf dem See in deiner Nähe oder Langstrecken und  Expeditionen, die Planung von Trips auf dem Meer oder das spielerische Paddeln mit dem Seekajak zwischen Felsen und in den Wellen. Wir begleiten dich dabei!

Alle unsere Coaches “durchpaddelten” mehrere Seekajak – Qualifikationen auf dem Meer und teilen nicht nur die Leidenschaft für den Sport, sondern auch für inspirierendes Coaching. “We make you feel the learning” ist unsere Philosophie.

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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

As usual, had a great time with Hightide. They never disappoint with their professionalism, responsiveness to the needs of paddlers and they are always good for a laugh. Highly recommended!

Simon Parker

Friendly staff, professional attitude

As a complete stranger to kayaking I did not expect this amount of progress I made in the course of a single day, the topics were carefully selected and built on top of each other, the instructor was easy going and relaxed, without making any compromises to safety.


Private Coaching (3 hours)

Excellent coaching session where I quickly enhanced my technique of turning, apprehend safely a rapid u-turn, optimize my move forward and learn how use the minimum of energy. It is exactly the type of coaching session that I was expecting, in order to get more familiar with my boat and the water element. On the top of that, conditions were perfect and the scenery of the lake is simply magical. Highly recommended.

Luc Bouley

The name says it all: solid foundations course

I found the course very useful. Even with some previous kayak experience I learnt a lot of new things and now feel confident to use a see-kayak on my own. My only regret is that I didn’t take this course earlier. Many thanks to Peter for his amazing coaching

Vladimir K

Great Course

I already joined a few courses with Hightide and received once more helpful inputs for improvements and got a lot of practice. I appreciate their flexibility (in this case due to the weather conditions) and their constant efforts to provide a high level of service. Highly recommended. Thx!

Sandra M.

Stunning location and great course

I consolidated skills and was challenged on this course! I learnt so much especially about safety and rescue on the water from Karel. I’m excited for the next step in my kayak adventure! Shout out to the great facilities; pool to chill in afterwards and delicious food at the beach café

Rachael P

Fantastic experience

Me: 29 year old male, no experience with kayaking or any other water sports. Overall verdict: Exceptional quality. Would recommend it to anyone. Instructor was clear, professional, empathic and fun. Adjusted the lessons for individuals in our group. Karel my instructor, spoke perfect English. He was professional and yet personable, who really gave me the confidence to get into the water. Lots of patience and empathy. Eventually convinced a nervous person in our group to flip (as per training) their boat and I was very impressed he convinced them. Karel clearly has a lot of experience and is amazing at sharing it. Lessons were given in a fun and logical manner and included basic paddling, turning, recovery, safety, towing, and theory – to name a few. Every instruction built upon another and were all clearly explained. Karel gave individual advice on technique and was willing to recap over any point without a hint of frustration. They provided all equipment and clothes needed (bring your own swim shorts) to do the lessons. Kayaks were in perfect condition and were matched to the person by the instructor, same goes for paddles, suits, shoes, and spraydeck etc. I absolutely loved it.

Robert K

It was a perfect two days to feel safe on the lake

.. and it makes you want to practice/learn more… (eskimo roll?)

Sébastien M

Stunning location and great course

I consolidated skills and was challenged on this course! I learnt so much especially about safety and rescue on the water from Karel. I’m excited for the next step in my kayak adventure! Shout out to the great facilities; pool to chill in afterwards and delicious food at the beach café

Rachael P

Hightide Kayaking

Verena and I had a great weekend with you on our course. It was very informative. We learned a lot about kayaking and our own abilities and had fun also. Karel is a good instructor very knowledgeable. We would recommend Hightide Kayak Coaching to anyone wishing to take up the sport of Kayaking. You’re never to old to start I am short before 68 years of age. We loved it and will be back for more! Thanks to all the Hightide team.

Iain (john) S

Learning new skills and light hearted fun

We had an absolute blast this weekend. Karl executed our course with professionalism and fun. I will most certainly be back for more experiences and to bring my boys for the solid foundation course.

Jacqui N.

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Directions to Bönigen

On foot

> Walk from the railway station “Interlaken Ost” to the ships
> Turn right, follow the lakeside path (approx. 35 minutes)
> Walk past the campsite to the Strandbad Bönigen

By car

> all parking areas in Bönigen are chargeable from 2021
> car park directly in front of the Strandbad
> Coordinates >> 46°41’24.8″N 7°53’42.7″E

Public Transport

> Train to Interlaken Ost SBB
> Bus 103 Interlaken Ost to Bönigen See
> direction Iseltwald
> always :05 & :35 minutes after the hour
> Journey time approx. 5-10 min.
> timetable
> walk for approx. 3 minutes along the lake

Meet our Coaching Team

Dave Storey

Managing Director Operations, Head Coach & Lifeguard

Karel Meulders

Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

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