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Commercial courses & holidays in the UK

This is a list of some commercial operators who provide sea kayak-related courses and holidays in the United Kingdom. For activities elsewhere see next page, and see the pages after that for tours, treks, races & raids; sea kayak meetings & symposia; and links to both national and regional sea kayaking associations.


Have you thought about doing a Marine Mammal Medic course with the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue? One day courses, various locations in England and Scotland. You don't need to be a diver, and BDMLR wants more volunteers and more medics, especially in Wales. They will visit you and run a special course if you have at least twenty people interested. Still only £90 per person in 2013. www.bdmlr.org.uk

First Aid courses. Lists of organisations which provide advanced courses suitable for outdoor pursuits can be found at www.mlte.org and on the British Canoe Union website. Last time we went there, the relevant page was http://www.bcu.org.uk/files/Aquatic%20First%20Aid%20Providers.pdf. Also worth a look - www.bculifeguards.org.uk



Northern Ireland

For the Republic of Ireland see next page.

Channel Islands

Building traditional kayaks in the UK

Courses at which you can build your own skin-on-frame kayak. For similar courses elsewhere in Europe, click here. For similar courses in North America, see www.kayarchy.com

  • www.thomashawson.com. Dr Tom Hawson's courses take place at Hundalee Mill Farm in the Scottish border country.
  • www.seawolfkayak.com. Occasional courses in London and other places. At the time of writing, the next course, costing £2200, is in London from 18-25 April 2015. London events are coordinated by Adriana who has a Facebook group called exploralondon




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