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The Ultimate Sea Kayaking Resource for Beginners

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 by Rupert Shanks

Thinking of taking the plunge into the world of sea kayaking?

We have compiled the ultimate sea kayaking resource for beginners, to help keep you dry, smiling and paddling like a champ.

The Ultimate Sea Kayaking Resource for Beginners

Here is a carefully crafted selection of sea kayaking articles which should give you the confidence to take to the water like a dream.

The Truth About Sea Kayaking – For Beginners!

Wilderness Guide Tim Willis shares his experiences as a paddling novice and what to expect as a complete beginner as you take to the water for the first time.

Sea Kayaking Tips: How to Stay Dry on your First Paddle

Sea kayaking is a great and different way to travel and go exploring, but any first-timer will wonder…what if I capsize? Wilderness guide Ross Dempster shares some easy tips for staying balanced and increasing your chances of staying dry!

Top 5 Reasons to Book a Sea Kayaking Holiday

Wilderness guide and paddle guru, Carol Lang shares some key highlights that make taking to the water for the first time something to be really excited about.

The Ultimate Sea Kayaking Resource for Beginners

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Best Footwear for Sea Kayaking and Canoeing in Scotland

Tim Willis shares his tips on keeping those tootsies dry and warm for the day when you’re out on the water. There can be nothing worse than cold damp feet when you the rest of you feels great so have a gander over Tim’s tips!

The Ultimate Sea Kayaking Resource for Beginners

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Top 10 Scottish Sea Kayaking Spots

So if you re ready to set off on your own in your trusty kayak then the next question is where to go! Tim has paddled over the world and ranks the Scottish west coast as hard very hard to beat. Here are his Top 10 Scottish spots.

Packing a Sea Kayak

Some say its a dark art that can only be learned through years of toil or nefarious negotiations with the dark lord himself! Well fear not, our Wilderness paddlers are here to explain how to pack that sea kayak with style. Check out this video.


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Sea Kayaking Photography: How to Shoot on the Water

It’s tricky business taking a picture from a sea kayak, with the potential risk of losing a camera in the process. Don’t be put off though, Erin Bastian shares the many reasons why it’s worth taking a camera with you on your sea kayaking trip.

5 Differences: River and Sea Kayaking 

Wilderness office-team member Meike van Krimpen compares river and sea kayaking; covering skills, boat design and the sense of adventure.


Think you are ready to join one of our exciting sea kayaking adventures? Then, just check below to explore our beginner friendly sea kayaking holidays!

  • Our Sea Kayaking Introduction Course is perfect for those wanting to learn but also provides the backdrop for a great holiday in the beautiful Loch Torridon and Applecross Peninsula areas
  • Explore the Scottish Highlands by sea kayak on our green graded (easy difficulty) tour

Have you got any useful kayaking tips or links to share? We are always happy to hear your stories on our social media channels.

About the author

Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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