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Sea Kayak 1: Solid Foundations

Sea Kayak 2: Skills Development

Sea Kayak 3: Fine-Tuning

Brittany Level 2
Dynamic Paddling

Dates

  • 24. – 31. March 2024

Duration

  • 5 course days, 1 rest day
  • 7 nts accommodation

Price

  • CHF1490
  • Excl. Accommodation

Ratio

  • 1:4

Coach

  • Karel

Course description

In our new approach to our coaching courses we have now separated tidal planning and the skills element needed when paddling on the Atlantic coast. This decision was made in order to really progress in the chosen area instead of trying to do too much in a week. We’re confident that with this new focus you’ll make big steps in your development as a paddler.

On our Dynamic paddling course we progressively increase your exposure to challenging conditions in order to give you confidence when the wind increases, the waves get bigger or you have to make a challenging surf launch or landing. The group ratio is kept to 1:4 to ensure we can focus on your individual needs and also enable us to get into more advanced conditions. You’ll get plenty of tips and tricks and skills to work on from our experienced team of Sea Paddlers and Surfers including Dave Storey, our Performance Sea Kayak Coach and Karel Meulders, Advanced Sea Kayak Leader.

During the week, we use the natural classroom of the surf to develop your skills. The Crozon Peninsula offers a wide range of conditions to ensure we find the right level for you. We start with friendly small waves and build them up through the week developing your technique along the way.

Out at sea we get out into more exposed locations to develop your experience and look at tactics for dealing with wind and waves and applying your skills to the environment. With each day, our aim is to increase your skills and confidence and by the end of the week, you will feel ready to paddle in more challenging locations such as here in Bretagne.

 

Prerequisites

You should have some experience on the Sea and of paddling in Bft 4 winds and the ability to paddle 20km in a day. If you’d like to get some further technical inputs before your trip, we recommend visiting one of our Fine-Tuning courses. This can give you the opportunity to already sharpen your skills in order to put them into practice and get the most of your time out on the sea.

If you’re in doubt don’t hesitate to get in touch and Dave can come back to you to discuss your needs or questions.
 

Weekly Plan

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Course day 1.
Day 3: Course day 2.
Day 4: Course day 3.
Day 5: Flexible rest day / bad weather day
Day 6: Course day 4.
Day 7: Course day 5.
Day 8: Departure
 

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. We are based in the Camping Municipal in Cameret-sur-Mer, which also has bungalow accommodation, which offers the possibility to camp or rent a bungalow. Other options are also available locally.

 

Location

Cameret-sur-Mer on the Crozon peninsula.

 

Getting there

Help to reduce our environmental footprint by using public transport. There are good railway connections to Quimper and we can arrange a pick up from there for you. Quimper is around 8 hours from Basel. We can also help with equipment and boat transport.
We otherwise encourage car sharing where possible. Driving to the region takes around 12 hours from Interlaken.

 

Meeting Point

We meet at Camping municipal du Lannic in Cameret-sur-Mer

 

Price

CHF1490

Including 5 days of Coaching at a ratio of 1:4, one rest day, and one free day paddling in a Leadership Assessment, all necessary equipment where required, BC Advanced Sea and Performance Coach and transport during the course locally.

Excluding accommodation, transport to and from Bretagne and food and drink

Pictures from the Course

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.

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Bewertungen

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.

Miklos

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

Meet our Coaching Team

Dave Storey

Managing Director Operations, Head Coach & Lifeguard

Karel Meulders

Head Guide, Coach & Lifeguard

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