Advice for newbie please!

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Neil Collins
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Advice for newbie please!

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Having tried sea kayaking a couple of times (once on an introduction course at the National Watersports Centre, Cumbrae and once on a guided trip with Sea Kayak Shetland), I would really like to take it up properly, as it were. The problem I have is that I live near Leeds and am around 60 miles from the nearest decent stretch of coast! Can anybody recommend any clubs I could try? I don't mind travelling, but I would need to find one that can offer novice trips / training at weekends. The clubs in this area seem to specialise in river stuff. Thanks in advance!


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Join your local club and master the art of paddling a kayak .... then convert to a longer boat! While you're about it get into a marathon boat and get the hang of efficient forward paddling.
Canoeing - bigger boat, broken paddle, more skill!

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Hi Neil and a warm welcome to the forum. I started off in a local river club to learn rolling in the winter pool nights. Being local it was easy to make the effort to go along (on a wednesday night in their case). I even went down some easy rivers (great rolling practice) before branching out on my own on the sea.

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Post by Rainshine »

I did the Intro to Sea Kayaking Course at The National Watersports Centre on Cumbrae umpteen times the summer I started sea kayaking!! I hadn't done any other kind of paddling before that. Doing it multiple times certainly helped to consolidate and embed the basic skills. I also live locally so its handy for me. Like others say, join the club(s) local to you since its easy for you. Go along and chat to others about what you'd like to do and develop things from there. You might well find folk there who also sea kayak or who can put you in touch with good contacts. If your local river clubs also have access to a lake, you can learn and practice your basic sea kayaking skills there too. I use a nearby inland watersports centre for paddling for fitness and for practising - when its windy it can be pretty challenging although nothing like the sea.

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Post by goatboy »

I've met people from Leeds club out to sea along the coast there (Scarborough / Flamborough / Filey sort of area). Alternatively, there's various clubs between Leeds & the coast that do a lot of sea paddling. Feel free to pm me for more info if you're interested.


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