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Four Star Sea Kayak Training

We enjoyed near perfect conditions for our recent Four Star course. We spent the first day in the classroom completing the BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course. This covers interpretation of weather forecasts, tidal planning and navigation. We practiced our map and chart reading, worked out tide heights and flow and planned a journey […]

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Sea Kayak Incident Management Training

At the recent Sea Kayak Expedition Gathering we ran some Incident Management training sessions. Here are a couple of videos showing some of the work we did with the RNLI. For details of sea kayak training, rescue and incident management courses contact me at

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Northumberland Sea Kayak Guide: Boulmer to Craster

Boulmer to Craster in Northumberland is a fantastic sea kayak trip.  Here’s a video in moderate conditions in May 2012.   For information on Sea Kayak Courses and Guiding in Northumberland, the North East, UK and beyond please contact me at Sea kayak coaching, open canoe coaching, white water kayak coaching, BCU courses and […]

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Farnes Islands By Sea Kayak

A Video Blog….     For information on Sea Kayaking in Northumberland and the Farnes Islands contact

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Northumberland Sea Kayak Guide – Holy Island

If you need a Sea Kayaking Guide to Holy Island in Northumberland, here’s a brief description. We circumnavigated the island on a 4.7 metre tide (North Shields).  This allowed us to cross the causeway with ease, and the shallowest water at this critical point was about 20cm deep. We unloaded at the harbour and parked […]

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UK Sea Kayak Destination- Bass Rock and Isle of May

A UK Sea Kayaking trip to the Isle of May and Bass Rock. The Isle of May and Bass Rock provide one of the best sea kayak trips the UK.  With long open crossings and tidal streams settled conditions may be necessary.  With boats packed for an overnight trip we set off from North Berwick.The […]

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Sea Kayaking Northumberland

Sea Kayaking Northumberland I was fortunate to share a day sea kayaking with the staff from Adventure Sunderland.  I have known Pat for many years, and he was a long term student who I worked with through my BCU Level 5 Sea Kayak qualification.  Pat is now working through his UKCC Level 3 Coach award, […]

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Northumberland Sea Kayaking: Skills Coaching

Northumberland Sea Kayaking: Skills Coaching I met Chris and Mark at Amble Marina on a bright sunny morning in June.  They were ready for two days of sea kayak skills coaching.  Chris has been paddling for some time while this was completely new for Mark.  After some foundation skills work in the harbour, we headed […]

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Intermediate Sea Kayak Course

Intermediate Sea Kayak Course – Northumberland Saturday dawned wet and windy.  The forecast was for F4/5 NW winds.  After the usual introductions we set off to do a coastal trip from Beadnell to Longhoughton.  This would allow us to take full advantage of the following tide and winds. We made great progress down the coast, […]

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