Sea Kayak Skills Development
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- 1 day
- 9:15am – 4:15pm
The day is designed to develop your toolbox further and sharpen up the skills you’ve already learnt. It’s an ideal course to take after you’ve had time to consolidate after the foundation course and is also a good refresher of the basics. It takes you a step further with more strokes and more detail.
As with all our courses we focus on the broad themes of rotation, edge, power transfer and feel. We also take a deeper look into our most challenging stroke… forwards paddling. Often overlooked, we paddle forwards more than anything else and there are many things we can do to make ourselves more efficient. Once mastered this gives us more power when needed, means we can paddle quicker and for longer and when that windy day arrives, we’re ready for it.
This course builds upon the solid foundations skills course. You already have a good idea about forwards paddling technique, edging and turning the boat and you have already completed a rescue training.
Our Coaching Philosophy
At hightide we believe in coaching the individual. On our courses, we take people from where they are at and work towards what people want to achieve.
For some this might be gaining confidence to paddle and enjoy being out in nature, for others it means becoming more efficient in order to paddle expeditions or long distances. It could also mean developing the know how to venture out on the Sea or gaining the skills to play on rivers, around the rocks or in the surf.
Whatever your aim, with our wide experience on the ocean and our detailed knowledge of what makes up sea kayaking, we can help you achieve your goals and bring you forward. All our coaches come from a Sea Kayaking background, have qualifications on the Sea and are passionate not only about paddling but also coaching. We’ve spent years learning what really makes a difference in our sport and are committed to delivering it in the most effective way by making you feel the learning!
When you come to a course with hightide you’ll go away with a better understanding of how to improve and have a structure to remember what you have learnt. We believe our job is to set the conditions for the learning to happen so that when you go home it doesn’t stop.
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!
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.
I’m thrilled once more. Absolutely great course, informative, demanding (windy weather helped with that ;-)), kayaking is addicting. Thank you Dave
Directions to Bönigen
> 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
> 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
> 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 http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html
> walk for approx. 3 minutes along the lake
Meet our Coaching Team
Managing Director Operations, Head Coach & Lifeguard
Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard
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