Our course are 15 to 16 hours over 2 days. Day 1; turnout 09:00 at Ørsvågvær Camping (signposted from E10, 2km west of Kabelvåg). The first three hours are theory and finding equipment that fits you; kayak, PFD and dry suit with neoprene shoes. If you are smaller than size 38 in shoes or S (small) in a jacket or larger shoes than XL or 45 you should make us aware of it inhead of time. In the dry suit you should use warm clothing (preferably wool) with long sleeves and legs, and warm socks. You will get a little wet around the neck and sleeves, but during the practical bit you will be comfortably warm.
The rest of the first day, you become familiar with the kayak, paddle and placement of your body. Bracing, edging kayaking, steering control, forward and backward paddle, not least to paddle sideways. These are some of the practical tasks. Rescue is a natural part of the day since you are looking for the performance boundaries of yourself, the kayak and the paddle.
Day 2 begins with the update from yesterday and some new technical momentum before we start our tour. We take you to a suitable area and much of the time spent on perfecting paddle strokes and kayak control. This day you can also learn how to use the rudder or skeg. You bring your own food (hot) drink and extra clothing on the trip, and we will find a suitable place to take a lunch break.
You should have the following items with you when you participate in the course:
Extra change of warm clothes for the whole body
Food for the day and drink (cold & hot drinks) NB bring a mug for the coffee/tea
A small bag or purse to have your stuff in the kayak's cargo hold.
Here is the layout of the course to NPF (Norwegian Canoe Association)
The participants are introduced to the kayak and equipment. After completing this course the participant, have through practical exercises, learned to use the kayak with paddle, spraydeck, and PFD. In addition, the participant is familiar with basic safety procedures and practices, as well as how to effectively maneuver the kayak.
Effective paddling forwards and backward and stop.
Lateral movement of the kayak.
Steering (rear), turn (Sweep stroke and steering)
Disembarkation, securing the kayak after disembarkation.
About general safety.
Requirements for participation: None beyond being able to swim.
Included in our guided trips and courses are:
the pickup from our basecamp or the square/tourist information in Svolvær
Seakayak (K1 or K2) with paddle, spraydeck and PFD.
Not included in any of our hikes are:
Any beverage or food
Sleeping mat, sleeping bag, tent or camping utilities
Any transport or travel to and from the pickup point.
Anything not specified in the text
Duration: 2 days (up to16 hours)
Meetingpoint: 09:00 Lofoten Aktiv AS office at Arbeideren, Torvet, Kabelvåg.
Evaluation: To get Wet Card must attend all the activities mentioned above.
Price: NOK 2650,-