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Novices - Fundamentals of sea kayaking - Getting it together

Proficiency paddlers - Surfing, Rolling, Expeditions

Leaders - Sea Guides and Instructors Jude in the surf for the first time.

sea kayak tuition programs to suit everybody..

Knowing how to enjoy the sea.

At Meridian Kayak we believe in putting the students' needs first.  Every student comes to us with a new set of expectations and ambitions. 
It is our mission to fulfil those ambitions

From the novice, having never paddled a sea kayak before through the skilled and experienced to outdoor adventure leaders seeking professional development opportunities. 

The sea can seem a bit scary at first.  Developing self confidence in real paddling conditions is the key to survival and enjoying your sea kayaking.  The techniques are actually very simple.  Having the confidence to stay in the kayak, relax and use them when needed is the tricky part.  Our painless and  progressive instruction methods deal with this in detail.

Class sizes are kept small (max. 4 students to an instructor) to ensure  individual attention  A range of fully equipped sea kayaks is used to gain experience with different handling characteristics.  Full catering to fuel the engine and protective clothing are provided to ensure warmth and comfort.

Something to think about.  A responsible attitude to safety is paramount to sea kayaking.  A respect for the sea is critical.  "Don't argue with the sea... ,  it will win every time!" 

 

 

Which course?
Novice Paddlers:   -Introduction to the sea kayak.
- Fundamentals of Sea Kayaking
Experienced Paddlers: - Proficiency / Advanced Course,
Leader / Instructor:  - AC Inc. Guide / Instructor.
Ian Ribbons in a Meridian "Cygnet" sea kayak Ian Ribbons - Aust. Canoe Inc. qualified Sea Instructor and Assessor.

as well as designer of the Meridian "Cygnet" single sea kayaks.

All instructors employed on our courses are accredited to at least AC Inc. qualified Sea Instructors.

Paddling tip!

Energy efficient and injury preventative paddling techniques!
To some these two may seem to be at odds with each other.  However, they are the same as each supports the other. 
Paddling Injuries mostly affect the wrists, forearms and shoulders and are usually associated with tendon strain, joint damage and nerve damage.  Paddling injuries it would seem,  occur together with inefficient and energy wasting  techniques.

How does this happen?  Energy is wasted when the arms are raised high in the air and often results in shoulder damage and forearm  tissue damage..  Raising the upper arm above the shoulder joint causes undue wear and tear to the ball joint as well as possible dislocation during a bump or capsize.
If the paddle is held too close to the body and the wrists are bent,  the levering action is  reduced thus causing excess force to be applied to the wrists and forearms.  

 
Wrists and forearms are affected when excess weight is placed on bent wrists and when hands and fingers are squeezed on the paddle as in "pulling" the stroke.  This can affect blood supply to the fingers and nerves.

How to fix it?
ALL strokes require torso rotation.  That means using the muscles in the upper body (back
 and abdomen) instead of the arms to do the work.  When both shoulders rotate with the body, the arms, wrists and hands do not need to change shape or position on the paddle shaft.  The upper hand will tend to push and the bottom hand to pull on the paddle shaft.  Doing this will also relieve strain on the bicep muscles at the front of the upper arm.  

A sea kayak is not a gymnasium.  The effort required ought to be consistent and firm, not heavy and jerky.  Efficient technique will beat brute strength any day.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course. (1 Day)

What is sea kayaking?
What's the attraction?
Can I do this?  Is it for me?  How do I get started? 
All your questions are answered on this specially designed 1 Day "Introduction to the sea kayak" course.

The aim is to simply get you aquainted with sea kayaking. We begin with a tour of the sea kayak's features (safety and convenience), accessories and gear used in sea kayaking. Then onto the water for some energy efficient and injury preventative paddling techniques so you can make the kayak go where you want it to go.  Once you are comfortable in the sea kayak, its off on a short tour of the bay taking our lunch with us.  Along the way you will be introduced to rescue techniques and some seamanship theory such as weather, navigation, planning, etc.

NO previous experience is required as this course is designed for the novice in particular.  People with disabilities are encouraged to attend this course.  Until you have a go you will never know what you are capable of.
The only prerequisite is a sense of fun and adventure as well as a desire to expand your horizons.

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Sea Kayaking Fundamentals Courses.
2 Day or 4 Day durations.

A perfect introduction to the fundamentals of sea kayaking required to enjoy fun and safe sea kayaking. Watch a video..

The "Fundamentals" of these courses will build a good foundation for further skills development. With effective instruction there is no sea kayaking skill too advanced for the beginner. The same techniques that apply in calm water also apply in advanced sea conditions ( only better done with more practice and experience).  Instead of teaching beginners to paddle like beginners, we teach you how to start using and developing sound techniques. 
That is why we prefer to call it "fundamental skills" rather than "beginner skills".

The course content is mostly practical - sea kayak paddling skills with some theory covering seamanship such as a working knowledge of weather, tides, trip preparation, and responsibilities. The courses are conducted on sheltered waters with low waves up to 1/2 metre. The ideal primer to lakes and estuary paddling and a solid foundation for the more intrepid.

NO previous experience is required as both courses begin with basic stroke technique, rescues and seamanship theory.
From there our fully qualified Sea Instructors will continue to progress you through more proficient skills of surf negotiation, coastal navigation, weather prediction and of course Inuit (Eskimo) rolling!.
The only prerequisite is a sense of fun and adventure and a moderate level of fitness.

Options to choose.
Wilsons Prom - residential courses: 2 Day   and 4 Day durations.
OR
Port Philip Bay :  2 Day sea kayaking courses 

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Sea Proficiency and Advanced Skills. 

Building on the Fundamentals Sea skills, these instructional days are a fun way of developing and refining more skills to enjoy extended sea kayak touring. Practical skills days with surf up to one metre for Proficiency and two meters for Advanced. Plus expedition style

Surfing! Rolling! Expeditions! Stroke technique! Wow!

Course details.

Learning to surf a sea kayak.
 

Sea Instructor and Sea Guide Award Courses. Sea Kayak instruction.

Meridian Kayak offers opportunities for leadership training in the sea kayak industry. Globally, sea kayaking is the fastest developing nature based adventure activity with an increasing need for competent and well qualified staff.

Sea guides lead a variety of sea kayaking activities as well as extended expeditions into remote places and are responsible for the well being of their clients.
Sea Instructors are charged with the responsibility of instructing students in a broad range of sea kayak skills and knowledge.

Our innovative training programs are designed to equip adventure leaders with the necessary skills to secure employment in this exciting and growing industry. Instructing.

Meridian Kayak has a variety of options to gain skills and qualifications.
All Australian Canoeing Inc. Sea Instructor competencies are covered in these courses.
 

Course details are explained in full..


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BOOKINGS
To book your place on any of these courses or to simply find out more, you can simply,
- Phone the office - 1300 656 433 - and speak to someone directly who can answer any further questions,
OR
- Go to the Booking Page to download the forms (#!#!! paperwork!)
OR
- Simply use the email facility here!
TO CONTACT US:
Email us
or Tele: +61 3 9596 8876 OR 1300 656 433 within Australia 

FAX: + 61 3 9596 9548
12 Clonard Avenue, ELSTERNWICK, Vic  3185
Postal:  PO Box 565, ELSTERNWICK, Vic, Australia 3185
Email: info@meridiankayak.com.au
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