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  1. What to Take Kayaking

    Whenever you venture out on a kayaking adventure, it is always essential that you take the correct clothing and equipment with you to make your journey as safe and comfortable as possible. You need to prepare for where you are going and the conditions that you will be paddling in.

     

    Kayak Gear

     


    Here is a breakdown of everything we recommend that you take with you:

     

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  2. How to Choose The Right Kayak Paddle

    Choosing the right paddle is as important as choosing the right kayak for you as your paddle will likely be in your hands the entire time you're on the water, so you need to think about the weight and quality of the paddle. There is a wide range of different paddles available for you to choose from and there are many aspects to consider before you buy.

     

    Paddle

     


    Important factors to consider when choosing your paddle:

     

    • What type of paddling will you be doing? There are different paddles available for touring, sea, whitewater, surf and racing so you need to think about where you will be using yours the most.
    • Your height and
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  3. How to Choose a Canoe That's Right For You

    A great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors is with a canoe. Canoes are versatile boats and are perfect for use on lakes, rivers and whitewater. They are very popular with those who enjoy canoe camping with the family and even the dog thanks to their solo or tandem design. The shape, design features and material of the canoe, all influence how they perform for their different uses.

     

    Canoe

     


    The Design of a Canoe:

     

    • Canoes vary in length depending upon their use. For whitewater, solo use, canoes are shorter for faster turning and manoeuvrability. Tandem canoes are longer and better for day expeditions with the average length ranging from 15-18ft. Family canoes are also available w
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  4. How to Choose a Sit on Top Kayak

    Now that Spring is finally here, it’s a great time to get out and have fun and adventures out on the water. A great kayak to get you started and have fun with the whole family is the sit on top kayak.

     

    Sit on Kayak

     


    So what’s the difference between sit on kayaks and other kayaks?

     

    • Sit on’s have an open, wider design than other kayaks which make them more stable in the water. Because they are open, they make an excellent kayak for beginners as you don’t have to worry about the thought of getting stuck should you tip over and they are easier to get back on again. 
    • They come in single sit on and tandem which make them ideal for getting the family and kids out on the water. 
    • The sit
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  5. How to Choose a Cross-over Kayak

    When choosing the right kayak for you, it is important to consider what kind of paddling you want to do and where you plan to go. If you decide that you really want a kayak that gives you the thrill of whitewater combined with the ability to paddle further and enjoy a day trip, then a cross-over kayak will give you the best of both worlds.

     Cross-over Kayak

     


    So what’s the difference between cross-over kayaks and other kayaks?

     

    Cross-over kayaks have design features from both whitewater and touring boats. This enables you to glide through flat water with ease thanks to the combination of its waterline length and retractable skeg. This will help you to track down any waterway effortlessly which makes the boat perfect for backwat

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  6. Spring Kayaking - Be prepared!

    With Spring fast approaching and the clocks soon changing, there's more of a chance to go out for evening paddles and for longer day excursions, such as sea kayaking, river and coastal trips.

     

    Spring Kayaking

     

    Although the weather may appear warmer the water still won't be and so it is important that you are prepared for your trip to keep you as safe as possible out on the water.


    How to be prepared:

    Make sure you are wearing the correct clothing - In spring, you still need to prepare for different conditions and although you may feel warmer, the water will still be very cold. It is therefore important to make sure you are wearing layers of clothing including thermals and base layers, as these are comfortable under yo

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  7. Develop Your skills & Confidence With Our SCC Courses

    Here at South Coast Canoes, we run a number of British Canoeing courses and bespoke kayak and canoe trips, tailored to all kayakers from beginners to intermediates to coaches. These run throughout the year and we can run them in locations to best suit you.

     

    Courses

     


    Why is it important to go on a course?


    With kayaking, the most important thing is that you are as safe as possible when you are out paddling on the water. To do this, you need to have knowledge of the sport and have developed the skills to know how to paddle correctly as well as knowing what to do should you tip out of your boat.

    The courses that we run are great for providing you with all this knowledge whilst building your confidence, allowing you to practice and learn ne

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  8. How to Choose a Touring Kayak

    Touring kayaks are aimed at both beginner and intermediate paddlers and are designed to be easier to paddle and more versatile. If you are thinking about getting a touring kayak, then here are some key points for you to consider to help you find the right boat for you.

     

    Dagger Stratos Touring Kayak

     


    So what’s the difference between touring kayaks and other kayaks?

     

    • Touring kayaks are really versatile kayaks as they are at home in both calm open sea waters as well as rivers and lakes.
    • They are shorter and wider as well which makes them much more stable on the water and easier for beginners to control.
    • Touring kayaks also come with skegs to aid tracking.

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  9. Why White Water Safety & Rescue Courses are so Important

    Last weekend we ran the latest White Water Safety and Rescue course in Devon on the River Waltham into the River Tavy. This course is for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment, in either a kayak or canoe. 

     

    White Water Safety & Rescue Course

     

    The aim of the course is to teach simple yet practical safety and rescue skills that can be applied in the appropriate situation with the knowledge of how to use all the correct safety equipment such as throwlines, contact tow,

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  10. How to Choose a Sea Kayak

    If you think that a Sea Kayak is the right boat for you, then it is important you take the time to research the wide selection of kayaks that are available and make sure you get the right boat for you.

     

     

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