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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Controlling direction in tide races

Uncategorized May 09, 2021
 

James has spent many hours playing in the tide races of North Wales. A sea kayak is the perfect craft to play in this environment but it is also a challenge to control and surf straight.  This video is a short section of a lesson that forms part of our comprehensive paddling in tide course.

To enjoy this environment you need to be a competent paddler working with an experienced team that are comfortable performing rescues in dynamic conditions.  Tide races can be friendly where the conditions get smaller the further you get washed down tide or they can be unfriendly where the waves get bigger the further down tide you go.  

The technique James goes through here is a key skill which will enable you to control your sea kayak on the wave and keep the kayak surfing straight.  You can practice this technique in calm water to get used to the opposite edge rudder and develop the muscle memory.  Then when you come to use it in more advanced conditions your body...

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New Edging Course

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2021
 

Edging is a fundamental skill for Sea Kayakers.  It is a skill that is part of nearly every stroke or manoeuvre.  This course looks at detail at the different aspects of edging a sea kayak.  There are a few reasons why we might edge a sea kayak.

1. To shorten the waterline length of the kayak.

By putting the kayak on its edge you shorten the length of the kayak that is in the water.  A shorter kayak is easier to manoeuvre and so if you are trying to turn the kayak on the spot it will spin a lot quicker when it is on its edge.  It can be as much as twice as efficient.

2. Change the shape of the hull in the water.

If you edge a sea kayak the footprint of the kayak changes from being symmetrical to being asymmetrical.  this change in the hull shape makes the kayak turn away from the side it is edged efficiently. So if you are paddling forwards and want to use the hull dynamics of a displacement hull to your advantage you can edge away from the direction...

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Surf rescues

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2021
 

Rescues in the surf are often very simple as the waves bring the swimmer and their equipment to the beach.   However there are times when the rescuer needs to step in to help the swimmer out.  We now have a series of lessons in our rescues course looking at lots of different rescue situations in the surf environment.  You have to be very careful when rescuing in the surf and sea kayaks when they are being pushed by waves can easily cause injury and or damage to other kayaks.  As a rule we always recommend approaching a rescue from the side so that you don't get taken on top of the swimmer by the wave or the swimmer and their kayak does not end up being surfed into you.  Rescuing in the surf is a great skill to practice so that you know you have the skills when it comes to a real situation.

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Tiny Sea Kayakers

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2021
 

We have now captured hours and hours and Terabytes and Terabytes of video footage of amazing sea kayaking.  We want to use this to promote sea kayaking and show everyone how amazing the sport is.  We decided to have a little play around with some of the equipment and editing to see what we could create.  This little piece is an effect that makes the kayakers look tiny.  It is a technique called tilt shift and we think it looks cool.  The music has some backwards audio just to give it another level of weirdness.  It would be great to edit something to enter into a film festival one day... 

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BC Certified Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course

Uncategorized Dec 30, 2020
 

We are thrilled to be able to offer a fully Certified British Canoeing Certified Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course.  We started discussions with British Canoeing in April and our online course was then shared with the BC technical committee for approval.  There was great feedback and our system was approved.  Previously the CNTP course was 8 hours long and half of this time was expected to be practical exercises.  What we have created is 4 hours of video content covering all of the syllabus.  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.  Both James and Simon are CNTP 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.  At the end of the course you will need to upload a trip plan...

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Self Rescues for Sea Kayakers

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2020
 

Being able to self rescue after a capsize and a swim is a great and really valuable skill to practice. Not only is it fun to play around in the water, developing this skill its also really handy. If we can self rescue quickly and efficiently it gives us confidence to try new exercises and it might help us out one day if we find ourselves in a sticky situation. 

The main types of self rescue we see are back deck scrambles, re-entry and roll and paddle float rescues. Each rescue has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

A back deck scramble is a great one to start with. It involves us pushing the bow of our upside down boat up and out of the water, to try and empty the cockpit, before we scramble over the back deck and swing our legs back into the cockpit. The advantage of a back deck scramble is, providing we do a reasonable job of lifting the bow, we are getting back into and relatively empty kayak. This makes life easier for us to paddle in conditions. However many...

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Producing a new course

Uncategorized Aug 27, 2020
 

Here is a complete lesson from the Ruddering Masterclass.

There is so much work that goes into a full online sea kayaking course to get to the point where it is in your library.  Early on in the development of OSK we decided that the quality of the videos was going to form the unique selling point for our courses.  We didn't want to just film lots of content quickly and get it on the website.  Instead we wanted to create something that was there for the future that lasts and has every detail as we want it.  Neither did we want to go kayaking and film and then see what lessons we could create. Instead we set out with a detailed and methodical process to produce what we hope you agree are high quality, structured and progressive lessons that are a pleasure to watch.

Pre filming

Before we even get started on the filming we spend time creating a spreadsheet and writing shot-lists for each of the lessons.  These go into the detail of the camera type, framing and...

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