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That Sinking Feeling …

July 10th, 2014

Wear and damage to drain holes on sit on top kayaks P1010945-001I recently helped Terry repair his kayak after it developed a leak around one of the recess holes. The depth sounder/drain holes are common wear spots because the plastic tends to be raised in these areas and is therefore prone to damage. The plastic is often quite thin around these spots due to the design of the hull.

Another common wear spot is at the stern of the Prowler kayaks. This can quickly wear through if the kayak is frequently dragged over beaches.

If you use the metal trolleys which ‘plug’ into the drain holes, take great care to check they do not damage the seam around the drain holes, as this is a common weak point.

Check your kayak for wear spots otherwise you may find your kayak filling with water and becoming very unstable.

As an added precaution we have installed airbags in our kayaks which you can buy from Stuart at Gone paddling: 07797728040.

Never underestimate how unstable a kayak can become with only a small amount of water sloshing about inside the hull.

If you spot an area getting thin, get in touch as I may be able to help fix it before it gets any worse.


Free Kayak Skills Safety Class

April 16th, 2014

Our free 2 hour kayak safety class is a great opportunity to get safety and paddle skills training.
Saturday 26 April 1700-1930
Safety class information.

Sea Kayak Navigation. Putting Theory into Practice

March 28th, 2014
sea kayak navigation

On the water navigation exercises

Join us on a weekend of practical sea kayak navigation making theory become reality around the scenic coastline of Jersey.

Based on the BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course the weekend moves from the classroom onto the sea to apply your sea kayak navigation skills to a selection of on the water challenges.

Having planned trips ashore we go afloat to paddle some of the best sections of Jersey’s coastline. This will enable you to develop your practical map/chart reading skills and navigation techniques. Practice using transits, assessing speed and drift, allowing for tide streams and cross tides as well as micro navigation and even paddling in low light/darkness.

Date 13-14 September. Or call to arrange other dates. £200

More information.

BCU Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course (CNTP)

January 7th, 2014

Learn essential sea kayak navigation skills on this practical course which is specifically designed for sea kayakers. 6 Tues evenings. Starts 14 Jan 1900-2130.  Email us

RYA Marine Radio VHF Certificate Course in Jersey

November 19th, 2013

Saturday 14th December 2013 0900–1700.  This may well be your last opportunity in Jersey to obtain the marine radio VHF certificate before the course changes on 1 January 2014.  After this date you will need to do a 10 hour course which is expected to be more expensive. 3 places left. To book: Email. Call 07797853033

Free Essential Kayak Skills Safety Class

May 8th, 2013
kayak self rescue in rough water

This is not the time to start reading the instruction manual

Our free 2 hour kayak class is an opportunity for you to get some essential safety and basic paddle skills training.

With so many people buying kayaks in Jersey there has been an increase in Lifeboat call outs. This is bad for the individuals involved and may stop them enjoying what is a great activity. We want people to have a great time kayaking around Jersey and to be safer afloat.

To improve the safety of sea kayakers around our coastline Jersey Kayak Adventures Ltd is running a series of free 2-hour kayak safety classes.

These classes do not replace our popular sea kayak courses. They are designed for people who already own their own kayak and equipment and recognise the importance to learn essential safety skills. Anyone without a kayak – or those who are considering buying one – will be able to hire all equipment.

sea kayak safety courses in jersey feature

Our free safety class is in the news

“Over the last few years we’ve come across quite a few kayakers, who would benefit from practising a few essential skills such as how to deal with a capsize. This class came about as part of our desire to increase awareness and safety around our fantastic coastline”, comments Derek.

As well as covering basic forward paddling techniques and dealing with a capsize, the class will also focus on essential safety equipment, trip planning and top tips from Jersey Kayak Adventures’ nationally qualified instructors.

This initiative has generated considerable media interest. We’ve been filmed by our local TV station, featured on BBC Radio Jersey and also in the Jersey Evening Post. Our local Coastguard has also given us their support.

Adults can sign up for a maximum of one class and must book in advance, as places are limited.

Weekday Adult Introduction to Sit-on-top sea Sea Kayaking course

April 19th, 2013

New introduction to sea kayaking course starts on Wednesdays 24 April 1000-1230 (6 classes). £205 if we supply all kit.

See our courses page for more information and other dates.

Kayak safety training: Saturday 20 April 1000-1300

April 16th, 2013

A 3 hour class covering assisted and self rescues for Sit on Top kayakers. £37.50

Call 07797853033 or email to book.

BCU Foundation safety and rescue training (FSRT) 16 June

June 8th, 2012

Key safety, rescue skills and training to deal with common paddlesport emergencies.

FSRT course details

Time for sea kayak air bags

December 2nd, 2011

What happens if the ‘watertight’ compartment on your sea kayak starts to leak…

Pumping out a sea kayak

A pump is very useful. Airbags reduce the amount of water

If you paddle a sea kayak with bulkheads, most of the time you only have a few items of gear in each hatch. That’s an awful lot of empty space just waiting to be filled with water.

On a couple trips this year I’ve been out with paddlers who encountered leaking hatches.

One hatch was not put on correctly and started leaking (if you use Valley style ones ensure the edges are well bedded down). Another lost a hatch and we even had a hole in one compartment after another kayak hit it in surf. Luckily we had plenty of repair tape and were on an accessible beach for that incident.

If you do not have some secondary bouyancy in the compartments there is going to be a lot of water slopping about. Why not add an air-bag to each compartment in case you get problems. I usually find that I end up lending air bags to others who get a leak. A pump is also a great idea.

Sea Kayaking Tip: Consider carrying a neoprene spare hatch cover in case someone in the group loses their hatch. They come in a range of sizes and are easy to store in a day hatch.

Sit-on-top hatches and voids

If you paddle a sit on top kayak once you open a hatch there is just a large void. Many hatches on SOTs are still not very watertight. The problems are similar to those we used to face with sit inside sea kayaks hatches over twenty years ago.

Holed sea kayak

Oops! Easy to fix on land but what if you'd hit a rock offshore?

Post production checks can also be a bit varied on some makes of Sit-on-top kayak. Watch out for any hatches that are going to be frequently immersed e.g. if mounted on a sloping stern of a SOT.

When buying a new sit on top kayak check fittings are secure and sealed. Water has a nasty habit of getting into things.

There are a few stories of leaks developing around drain hole seams. This is usually a result of trolley units being pushed incorrectly into the holes.

Whatever the reason, whatever the design of kayak, even a small amount of water is going to cause problems.

While it may not completely remove the risk by adding extra buoyancy either in the form of inflatable air-bags, foam,old inner tubes or even empty wine bags (a good excuse to empty the contents) will reduce the amount of water slopping about. Hopefully this will give you time to get ashore.

Sea Kayak Tip: Check any drain plugs are securely fitted.

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