Sea Kayak Course 1° level


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Learn the basic techniques of kayaking in a wonderful naturalistic frame in close contact with nature.

The Sea Kayak Feel Course is thought for those who want to learn the basic techniques to maneuver a sea kayak in safety. Aim of the course is to acquire the basic skills and knowledge necessary to maneuver at sea in calm or smooth wind conditions (Beaufort Force 0-1) and calm or almost calm sea (Sea State 0-1). The course is designed to be performed either with sit-on-top or sit-in kayaks, depending on the level and needs of the participants. At the end of the course, the National Pagaia Azzurra Level 1 certification – recognized by the EPP (Euro Paddle Pass) – will be released.

  • Sit-in sea kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life vest
  • Spraydeck
  • Dry bag
  • Wetsuit (provided during the winter season)
  • Thermal shirt (provided during the winter season)
  • Neoprene boots (provided during the winter season)
  • Bathing suit
  • Beach towel
  • Water bottle
  • A dry change
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses

The picturesque village of Portofino is a small jewel immersed in the natural context of the regional park to which it gives its name. Located on the eastern cape of the headland, Portofino is a place of great tourist interest. Its tall and colorful houses disposed in semicircle and overlooking the main square and the marina are surrounded by hills covered with olive trees. The entire perimeter of the park is characterized by wild cliffs, small inlets, caves and solitary beaches, mostly accessible only from the sea.

Individual capabilities
  • Lift and transport kayaks
  • Launching and landing
  • Forward stroke
  • How to Turn, Stop and Paddle backwards
  • Stern rudder
  • Forward and backward sweep stroke
  • T draw and scull draw
  • Low brace
  • Secure the kayak on a rack or on a trolley
Safety navigation capabilities
  • Wet exit with swimming back to the coast in shallow water
  • Technique for emptying kayaks
  • Simple assisted rescue (lateral)
  • Assisted rescue performed by another kayaker in deepwater (the candidate is required to actively participate in their rescue conducted by another kayaker).
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Length: 3 h
  • Language: Ita – Eng
  • Departure Time: 10:00
  • Location: Portofino
  • Participants: max. 6

Program: 3h course + possibility to combine a naturalistic excursion in the Marine Protected Area of Portofino

BC & Fick Kayak trainers

High quality equipment

Learn in a wonderful naturalistic frame in close contact with nature

Safety is the base of each lesson!

Release of the National Pagaia Azzurra Level 1 certification - recognized by the EPP (Euro Paddle Pass). Patent certification costs €20, not included in the price of the course.

Meeting Point
How to reach us

The meeting point is at our sports center in Niasca, in the Bay of Paraggi. Once in Santa Margherita L. continue towards Portofino until the bay of Paraggi. Passed the inlet of the bay, after 200m on the left you will find a sandy beach where Outdoor Portofino is located. This area has very limited parking areas, especially during summertime. In Paraggi there is a paid parking lot, but we suggest to reach our office by alternative means (bus, boat, bicycle) or walking from Portofino (about 10 minutes) or S. Margherita L. (about 40 minutes). Here are some suggestions on how to reach us:

By train

The train station of Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino is reachable from Milan (2 h 30 min), from Genoa (45 min), from Pisa (2 h). You may then continue walking, by bus, boat or taxi.

By bus

With the n. 82 line from the train stations of Santa Margherita Ligure or from Rapallo.


From Portofino (approx. 10 min.); from Santa Margherita Ligure (approx. 30-40 min.); from Camogli, through the trails of the park of Portofino.

By boat

There are two lines serving the promontory of Portofino. From Santa Margherita Ligure you can reach Portofino with the Consorzio Marittimo del Tigullio. From Genoa, Recco or Camogli, instead, the boat service Golfo Paradiso, embraces the route to San Fruttuoso, from where you can then take the ferries of the Consorzio Marittimo del Tigullio to Portofino.

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