Sea Workshop Programme
Sea kayaking is great fun, but there is danger for those not prepared
Sea Workshops Programme
An initiative of Canoe South Australia - Education & Safety Technical Committee
The Sea Workshop Programme is a series of workshops providing for skill coaching & group learning sessions for sea paddlers from the introductory to advanced.
The Sea Kayak Programme of Canoe SA has the following aims:
- Develop a sea kayak community that enhances entry and sharing of skills and knowledge
- Develop the skills of participants as paddlers or leaders through formal training and/or mentoring
- Acknowledges the competency of paddlers via the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme by formal or informal assessment
- Provide enthusiasm and drive in building of the sea kayak community
- Promote Canoe SA and sea kayaking
- To create a sustainable and ongoing program that is highly valued by the sea kayaking community of South Australia
Topics that will be covered include:
Why commit to training?
Equipment for sea kayaking, customising your sea kayak
Knowledge of coastal environments - Hazards and Risk Management
Kayak control skills - novice to advanced
Surf zone management and skills
Planning and participating in expeditions
Communications and sea kayaking
GPS in planning and navigation
Waves, Tides and Currents
VHF for Sea Kayakers
The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme, training resources
The Sea Workshop Programme is designed around the Australian Canoeing Award Scheme (ACAS) The premier award scheme for kayaking and canoe instruction, recognised internationally.
Continued development of the Sea Workshop programme with the introduction of a new component in the Sea Kayak Skills Programme:
Introductory Skills for Sea Kayaking
A three workshop programme that will provide intoductory skills set for new sea kayaking enthusiasts
Introductory Skills for Sea Kayaking will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be able to kayak for a day trip in controlled conditions under the supervision of an Instructor or Guide
Controlled conditions mean:
Click here for more information on the Introductory Skills for Sea Kayaking including dates for the next course
Outline of the Sea Skills Workshop Programme
Workshops held for sea paddlers to develop practical skills so that you can undertake open water crossings or multi-day expeditions and know your abilities and boundaries. Experience in day and overnight expeditions is also provided to allow opportunity for skill improvement.
All participants in a Canoe SA Introduction to Sea Skills Workshop are required to be a member of Canoe SA.
Introductory membership is offered to new paddlers and provides membership for a 3 month period CLICK HERE for an Introductory Membership Form. Introductory membership can be converted to full membership of an affiliated canoe club by payment of the balance of the membership fee. Membership has its benefits including insurance cover for paddling activity and etc. CLICK HERE for access to all SA canoe clubs websites
Please Note: Whilst every attempt is made by Canoe SA to provide courses or workshops that meet the description provided, weather or other environmental conditions may influence the decision of the leadership team or instructors about the safety of participants or the conduct of the course/workshop either before or during the event. Registration for a course or workshop does not ensure that the course or workshop will occur in the manner described or entitle attendance.
Workshop 1 - TBA 12.30 - 5.00pm
Conducted at Canoe SA, Bower Road, West Lakes
Prior registration is essential.
Call Canoe SA (08 8240 3294) during office hours .
Workshop fee: payable on registration.
Registrations close for Workshop 1 on Friday, 20th September
Introduction to Sea Skills Program - overview and discussion
The AC Award Scheme; assessment protocols/proof of competence, resources.
Basic Navigation using charts…prepare navigation log for overnight trip
On water skills tune up….forward paddling, turning, support strokes, rolling, others as time permits
Workshop 2: One day Coastal Expedition
Location to be advised (depending on weather conditions)
Commencing at 8.00am Pack a sea kayak for a day expedition, safety briefing, skills development on-water training and practice of skills
Workshop 3: Overnight Coastal Expedition
Location: to be advised depending on weather conditions
Participants can register for:
Topic: Plan and conduct an overnight trip:
Possible Personal Aims:
· Personal log of experience
· Skills development (towing, rescues, surf zone, distance paddling)
· Group structure models
· deep water rescues, managing multiple rescues or emergencies
Surf management, surf skills session (approx 9-30am - 12noon)
Finish approx 3.00pm)
Other programmes of the Education and Safety Technical Committee
Sea Weekend - 6.00pm Fri 14th to Sun 16th March 2014
Prior registration is essential.
Ring Canoe SA for Registration Form (Registrations close Friday, 28th February)
Call Canoe SA (08 8240 3294) during office hours
There will be a Pre-weekend briefing on Friday 28th Feb 7.30 - 9.00pm at Canoe SA.
Sea Skill Workshop 4 - (date to be advised)
Rough water workshop - South Coast (0900 - 1600)
Contact Canoe SA for Registration Form
Rolling and control of your craft in rough water, surfing and control, support strokes in the pressure of the surf zone, senarios and rescues in rough water.
Sea Skill Workshop 5 (date to be advised)
Please note: Registration for this workshop does not guarantee attendance. You must have shown practical skills through attendance at workshops and be at (or close to) Sea Skills level as demonstrated to the Instructional team. Persons attending the current workshop series will be given first priority on places in this workshop.
KI Crossing - this is an iconic paddling experience and provides many challenges.
Backstairs Passage due to its geographical position takes most of the ebb tidal flow from Gulf St Vincent, with the combination of swells that have travelled up through the Southern Ocean to wind generated seas and the tidal flow at it peak can make the surface waters confused.
One for the log of experience and an opportunity to be assessed at Sea Leader, Sea Guide or Sea Instructor.
Priority for attendance at this workshop will be given to people who have participated in other workshops in the series.
Culmination of Sea Skills and Leadership course. Participants must demonstrate during attendance at other workshops that they are at Sea Skills level (ACAS)
Further details available in 2013
Please note: The KI Crossing is not a standalone workshop and is to be viewed differently to preceding workshops. It is a culminating event that uses the training and knowledge gained from earlier workshops. Participants must be assessed by a program instructor/s as being at or near Sea Skills Standard. It is an iconic trip for local sea paddlers and requires a high level of training and knowledge to be completed safely as an independent/interdependent paddler. It serves not only as a celebration of the skills developed but a highly motivational reason to be part of the training program.
Please Note: While every care is taken to provide high levels of safety, it is important for you to know, that by its nature EXPEDITION SEA KAYAKING ON EXPOSED COASTS AND OPEN WATER has a high level of risk, indeed it can result in serious injury or death. Your preparation, experience, health, fitness and temperament may also contribute to the risk of accident to yourself or others, we therefore ask you to consider your preparedness to accept these risks before embarking on any planned expedition including a crossing to KI.
To participate in any of the Sea Workshops you will require suitable equipment.
For a list of over-night sea paddling expedition equipment CLICK HERE
. Please contact Canoe SA or speak to the instructors about the suitability of your equipment.
Whilst Canoe SA does not hire equipment, (some limited equipment is available) however we can provide you with phone numbers of suitable equipment hire companies.
The Sea Workshop programme can dovetail into further skill development programmes offered by Canoe SA
For more information and program details please contact Canoe SA office.
Canoe South Australia Inc.
P: (08) 8240 3294
M: 0417 081 426
F: (08) 8240 3295
- Winds no more than 10 knots (19kph)
- seas less than 1 metre
- surf no higher than 0.5 metre (measured at breaking wave face)