Coached sea kayaking in Ithaca - GREECE

(Beginner & Touring friendly)

DATES: 12th to 17th June - 3rd to 8th July

4th to 9th September 2019 - 25th to 30th September

kayak Greece, Kayak Ithaca

Sea Kayaking in Greece - Beginner Friendly Sea Kayaking Training.

 This is our gorgeous touring friendly coached trip to Greece. We have been running it very successfully for a few years and can't recommend it enough as an introduction to sea kayaking in the gentle seas of this beautiful island.

We will fly to Kefalonia and paddle in the neighbouring island of Ithaca which is on the western side of Greece in a very tranquil and unspoilt area. It will be a relaxed experience with hotel accommodation and a coached kayak trip every day. Ithaca is an enjoyable place and we will pace our kayaking to take in the coast, the sea and the sun. There will be plenty of swimming and snorkelling too.

Each day, we will do a kayak trip to explore the island from different places and the group will have a coach in the water with them. The coach will do land and water based sessions working to improve the paddler’s skills. We will look at things such as developing and using the correct strokes, maintaining direction, edging and landing and launching as well as working on safety skills such as rescues and self-rescues. For those that want to try rolling, we will give coaching on basic Greenland rolling.

The sea will be warm and the weather should be very mild. In previous years we had temperatures of 28C during the day and 19C in the night.  

PLEASE NOTE: We can extend your stay either side of the break dates. Just let us know. If the dates don’t suit you, please take a look at our flexible packages here.

The trip is suitable for all although a little level of fitness is recommended. You also have to be able to swim.

You will learn skills Paddling skills such as:

  • Getting in and out of your kayak

  • Forward paddling

  • Turning & rudders

  • Maintaining direction

  • Paddling as part of a group

  • Paddling in flat and possibly moderate conditions

  • We will do afternoon practice on assisted rescues, self-rescues and towing

PADDLE 4 CHANGE:

As part of our program you can join us in picking plastic from the sea and the beaches. When we arrive on  a beach we will pick as much plastic litter as we can and have a look at it to understand what are its components and how we can help reduce them.  We will carry any litter with us and then dispose of the litter in the villages. During your stay we might have a beach clean up scheduled in which you are welcome to participate. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED: 

Five nights shared accommodation, kayaks, general equipment such as paddles, buoyancy aid and spray deck and coach.

You will have to get your own flight, taxis and cover your expenses such as provisions and tavern meals (Budget around £150 without flights). 

PRICE: £675 WITH 20% DEPOSIT ON BOOKING.

(A 10% deposit is acceptable if you send in a copy of your flight booking)

To book or to ask any questions, mail me on info@exploraexpeditions.com

PADDLE 4 CHANGE:

As part of our program you can join us in picking plastic from the sea and the beaches. Early in the season, we organise beach clean ups. We document what we find with the aim to reduce the use of those objects in the island. An example of this are plastic drinking straws. Our aim is to remove as much plastic from the environment as we can from our kayaks and if we can change attitudes towards the use of certain materials, even better.

We also work with local people wherever possible to ensure that the community benefits from the business we bring. We have also organised training and development courses for local guides.