Sleeping Giants

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2022

Online Sea Kayaking started out with a focus on high quality skills development courses. We still have quite a few courses we want to film and produce but we know that, in time, we will have a complete library of courses. The Bonus Material section of the Online Sea Kayaking website has proven to be a popular area and we have received numerous requests for more lifestyle/inspirational content. So in May 2022 we set out for Iceland to test out filming a new style of content for the OSK Library.  

Inspired by the many white water kayaking films, where groups of paddlers head off to a destination and drive around and paddle the best rivers they can find and document it, we thought, why cant we do this with a sea kayaking film. Rather than film a multi day sea kayak expedition we decided to do a 10 day road trip and pick the best sea kayaking locations a country has to offer. This approach allows us to be flexible with the weather and conditions and...

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OSK NRS Partnership

Uncategorized Jun 13, 2022
 

We have recently started working with NRS and both of us will be wearing NRS equipment out on the water.  We are really excited to form this partnership as it will not only keep us warm and dry out on the water but it will also help us share our content with some new paddlers from around the world.  We will be producing some short 1minute videos for NRS social channels over the next year so keep an eye on facebook and insta for these short little top tip videos. 

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General Safety Lesson

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2022
 

Some of our subscribers suggested that we should release our general safety video so that it is available for all sea kayakers.  So we have added it to our YouTube channel and here on the blog.  We had not edited the video together thinking it was a stand alone lesson but it was part of the OSK Library.  There are a couple of areas where we have not gone into too much detail as we cover these in our courses.  Our very comprehensive Navigation and Planning course goes into lots of detail about planning safe trips and understanding the forecast and our rescues course has every type of rescue you can think of! 

Most incidents that happen when sea kayaking can be worked back to decisions that were made before you get on the water, like, not bringing the right equipment or choosing the wrong place to paddle with the forecasted conditions.  This lesson covers the key safety advice we would recommend as a minimum for anyone starting out in the world of sea...

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New Forwards Paddling Course

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2022
 

We had been asked by our subscribers for a course on the forwards stroke.  As it is the stroke you use the most as a sea kayaker it was certainly something we wanted to cover.  We were lucky enough to have the perfect winter weather with a massive high pressure throughout our filming period.  We knew that we would need some high quality slow motion shots to clearly show the technique and also we wanted to capture James paddling and talking to the camera at the same time.  We managed to achieve this by filming from an electric powered boat.  The silent motor and limited wake meant we could film James close up and record the audio without the noise of a conventional outboard engine.  We hope you agree that the resulting filming is nice to watch and really clear audio.  

There is a lot of technical information in the course and we had to be careful not to go into too much detail as the forwards stroke is a large topic.  We will be adding...

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New course now live - Moving Sideways Course

Uncategorized Feb 01, 2022
 

A sea kayak is designed to be paddled forwards efficiently so they are not that great at moving sideways! It is therefore, really important to have an efficient draw stroke.  We often move our kayaks sideways when we are manoeuvring in to perform a rescue, rafting up with a buddy or exploring amongst the rocks.  This new course is filmed on the Island of Rab in Croatia.  We chose this location for its crystal clear waters and sheltered bays.  The course covers the 3 key strokes to move you sideways:- Classic Draw, Sculling Draw and the Hanging Draw.  We break each of these strokes down looking at each component part to develop an efficient stroke that you can use with control.  The hanging draw is a really challenging stroke to get consistent.  Most paddlers when they are learning will find that the kayak turns towards the side the paddle is on.  There are 3 key reasons why a hanging draw stroke might turn your kayak rather than...

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Sea Kayak Paddles

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2021

Getting the right paddle for our size, build and paddling style is going to make an enormous difference to our enjoyment out on the sea. The paddle is like our surgeon’s knife, we use it to control the kayak, provide power and precision and it’s the bit of kit we need to pick carefully. Of course, we can pick up any old pole with blades attached to the end and it will get the job done. However, a nice blade is going to feel amazing, be efficient and (very importantly) help prevent injury. 

It’s worth noting that this article is aimed towards folk selecting a euro paddle. Greenland paddles are slightly different and maybe we can come back to them at another time.

When selecting a paddle we can consider the following options –

  • Material
  • Length
  • Feather
  • Blade Size

Injury prevention –

When we paddle we put a lot of force through our joints and ligaments. It is not unusual for paddlers, particularly on multi day trips, to develop niggling problems....

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New Rolling Course

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2021
 

The Rolling a Sea Kayak Online Course has been the most challenging course to film and edit so far.  We wanted to create a course that went further than just showing you how to roll.  There are lots of YouTube videos out there of how to roll but they are missing a key element.  How do you learn the roll.  In this course we give you stages to the learning process and tech you how to work with a partner to develop your roll.  

We must have rolled a thousand times during the filming to capture every angle.  We filmed the course in 8 different shoots at a variety of locations.  The underwater filming was particularly challenging but when watched in 8 x slow motion it really shows the details you need to see to understand the motion.  

The angles with the drone gave us a new perspective on the roll and enabled us to show the path of the paddle and the motion of the body clearly.  Unfortunately the drone went for a bit of a swim...

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3 years of filming squeezed into 3 minutes

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2021
 

It is now well over 3 years since we first started filming content for Online Sea Kayaking.  We started off with a road trip to Croatia with a couple of SKUK kayaks on the roof and we met up with a Croatian film crew (Sinisa and Marin).  The filming we did out there was intense with long 16 hour days catching some rest in the middle of the day and making the most of the amazing light early in the morning and into the long evenings.  Then 3 months later we filmed in Cornwall and had another intensive filming week with long days making the most of a perfect surf forecast. The next filming was a year later on Anglesey filming in the moving water.  Over the past year and a half there have been lots of filming sessions in both Cornwall and North Wales for the tides, rescues, navigation and turning courses. 

We are both really excited about the next 3 years and the amazing places we will visit to film the next courses.  This 3 minute piece really showcases...

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New Turning lessons

edging new lessons turning Jul 09, 2021
 

We are super proud of these new lessons on turning a sea kayak.  Being efficient at turning your sea kayak is important for any paddler.  No matter what your level of experience there is always room for improvement.  We have both coached 100's of sea kayakers to help develop their turning skills and we have put all of the exercises and skills we have developed into these lessons.  

The turning lessons have landed into the end of the edging course because we felt that you cant do the turning skills without a solid foundation on edging.  We have therefore, imaginatively,  renamed the edging course the 'Edging and Turning Course'.

The use of slow motion clips and drone shots have helped us show the techniques in detail that we could never do in on the water coaching sessions.  It is with skills like this that you can really see how online video learning compliments your sessions on the water so well.  

We are really looking forward to...

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BC Certified Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning Course

Uncategorized May 31, 2021
 

We are thrilled to be able to offer a fully Certified British Canoeing Certified Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning Course OWNTP.   The course includes over 4 hours of video lessons and  alongside this we have created lots of practical exercises for you to do using RYA training charts and a training almanac.  At the end of each section there is an assessment for you to complete to test your knowledge and understanding.  Both James and Simon are OWNTP providers and are on hand to answer any questions you may have. When you register you get a full 6 months to complete the course and can watch the videos as many times as you like.  We have also included over 4 extra hours of planning videos to help you refresh some of the areas covered in the CNTP course.  Upon completion you will receive an official BC OWNTP certificate.  We think this will be a fantastic way for many paddlers to access the BC award without the need to travel and to...

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