03/05/2018 by SKT 0 Comments
Sea Kayak Torbay - The Official Launch
Sea Kayak Torbay - The Official Launch of SKT
Welcome to the home of SKT's (Sea Kayak Torbay's) BLOG. On this page you will find all our interesting news, exciting articles and ‘how to’ information: how to do anything in a Sea Kayak or an Inland Kayak or - seeing as how everyone groups the two together - Canoe. Later in our blogs we will open up this crazy can of worms of mis-information and mis-interpretation of what Kayaking or Canoeing is and what type of craft should be used where? As fully trained Sea Kayak, White Water Kayak and Canoe guides we can speak from experience, and through paddling the length of the country and around the world - including the areas these craft came from - we will bring all our experience to help to clear this up for you. As informed and fully qualified enthusiasts who have studied the heritage and the history of the usage of these craft and the environments it was developed in, we will look at each of these disciplines and their introduction to the UK and, of course, how they came to be ‘domesticated;’ for the masses.
The Olympics also helped to confuse the issue and then there are the Wiki pages where they have images labelling the wrong crafts all over them – don’t take as gospel everything you read on Wikipedia!
We are so excited to be finally delivering Sea Kayaking tours in our favourite location, The English Riviera. We have heaps of experience playing in these sheltered waters and we now want to give you and your friends, family, peers and colleagues a chance to do the same. We have now developed the safest way of kayaking without the fear of capsize and there are a number of points to bear in mind:
No 1: Have a very stable boat...
No 2: Only go out in sheltered waters
No 3: Paddle tandem in a wide flat bottomed boat to begin
No 4: Add stabilisers or outriggers to you develop your confidence in narrower boats
No 5: Keep your head upright - possibly a given, but you never know!
We are currently designing a saleable outrigger prototype, as we feel this has been very much missed for the Sea Kayaking World within the UK. Watch this space as we develop them further. Currently they are specificaly designed for our tandem Wavesport - Horizons but we hope to increase this to our range of singles soon.
We have just returned from testing our Outriggers featured in the image above and Stabilisers, that have been a huge success. They seem to be impossible to capsize even if both paddlers lean fully over. If you’re intrigued come and have a look.
We look forward to blogging some more interesting news, articles and possibly details and images of all of our trips in future blogs. In the meantime, we look forward to meeting you and blogging about your experience here. Every experience is different from the weather to the people, to the conditions of the water to the height of the tide, and the wildlife and things that we see en route. So, hopefully, each blog should be as exciting as the last. We'll let you be the judge of that!
Many thanks for reading BLOG 1.
In BLOG 2 we will try to answer the question: ‘just what is a Geopark, anyway?’