Whilst climbing on the beautiful coast lines of Pembroke, Lundy, Holyhead and Lofoten, I have watched sea kayakers paddling below the crags and I’ve often thought how I would love to give that a go. The opportunity arose when Steve Scott arranged a taster sea kayaking session for the Climbers Club pre-AGM entertainment.
Five of us signed up, me, Pete, Steve, Ian and Clair, and we met our instructor, Eila, at the sea kayaking centre in Holyhead.
After some initial instruction indoors – where to check the weather forecast, what to think about with tides, looking at the charts (not maps!), we got ourselves kitted out and we inspected our kayaks.
Pete was all excited about getting out into the open sea, planning a quick trip over to The Skerries, a small group of islands about 3 nautical miles out. We all laughed, but secretly were keen to get out for a real adventure as well. Eila was sensible, however, and said that today we wouldn’t actually be going outside of the harbour while we learn some techniques. Doh!
But we soon realised that was actually a very good idea.
After a few hours practicing various strokes and turns it was time to practice rescues.
Eila braved the water first and Ian did the rescue. Despite having blue lips by the end of it Pete and Ian both volunteered for a dip in the water.
…. but Pete got very cold in the sea, so Eila gave him another coat to warm him up.
It was a fantastic day, and now I’m looking forward to getting the kayaks onto the open sea where we might have to tackle some waves. Steve suggested a climbing and kayaking meet. Sounds great!
Here’s a link to where we were.