Archive | Sea Kayaking

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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Adapting Your Sea Kayak Towline

Tailoring Your Sea Kayak Towline Towlines are one of the most important pieces of kit when leading and coaching on the sea.  I use a waist mounted line which gives me the flexibility to pass it on to other group members and keep me ‘out of the system’.  As I frequently paddle different kayaks it […]

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West Coast Kayak Challenge

West Coast Sea Kayak Fundraising Challenge In March 2011 Bruce Jolliffe will be travelling by sea kayak up the west coast of Scotland from Largs to Stornoway.  In doing so, Bruce will be raising funds for a range of good causes.  In particular, Bruce is raising funds for organisations involved in cancer care and the […]

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Kayak Forward Paddling Technique

Efficicient Kayak Forward Paddling Technique Forward paddling a kayak efficiently requires good technique.  Sea kayakers can learn a great deal from racing kayakers who have developed forward paddling technique to a fine art. There is a great deal of misunderstanding about forward paddling technique.  Many people are confused about which foot to press with, and […]

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Estimating Paddling Time For Any Distance

Sea Kayak Navigation When sea kayaking, we often need to work out how long it will take to paddle a set distance as part of our trip planning, or when we need to change our plan during the journey.  Assuming that we are not affected by wind or tide we can use the following quick […]

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Power Transfer and Trunk Rotation in Kayaking Fundamentals

Power Transfer and the Fundamentals of Paddlesport When coaching sea kayaking I frequently see a lot of confusion about exactly what trunk rotation is, and what is all that talk of ‘pedaling’ with the feet about?  The term ‘trunk rotation’ implies that the torso rotates, but what is the relationship between trunk rotation and pedaling […]

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Estimating Distance for Sea Kayak and Open Canoe Paddlers

Estimating Distance for Sea Kayak and Open Canoe Paddlers When sea kayaking or canoeing on large areas of open water, lakes or lochs, distances can be deceptive – and having some helpful indicators of your distance from an object can be really useful.  For a quick estimate, you can look at the amount of detail […]

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Beaufort Scale – a Guide for Canoeing and Kayaking

Beaufort Scale – a Guide for Canoeing and Kayaking Before going out on the water, canoe and kayak coaches and group leaders often need to plan taking into consideration the weather forecast they have obtained.  So it can be really useful to be able to judge what water conditions to expect based on a given […]

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