Intermediate course to learn how to conduct a kayak safely in shallow water thought for those who want to perfect the technique in most demanding marine weather conditions.
The Sea Kayak Course 2nd level is an intermediate course to learn how to conduct a kayak safely in shallow water and is thought for those who already have experience in kayaking but want to perfect the technique in most demanding marine weather conditions.
Lessons also include an introduction to environmental knowledge (coastal habitats, Parks and Marine Protected Areas), thus giving the sensation of an excursion experience.
With the National Pagaia Azzurra Level 2 certification – recognized by the EPP (Euro Paddle Pass) – you will acquire knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to maneuver a sea kayak while being part of a guided group during a navigation lasting at least 2 hours in conditions up to light breeze (Beaufort force 2) and slightly rough sea (Sea State 2).
- Sit-in sea kayak
- Spray deck
- Life vest
- Wetsuit (provided during the winter season)
- Thermal shirt (provided during the winter season)
- Spray top (provided during the winter season)
- Neoprene boots (provided during the winter season)
- Dry bag
- Bathing suit
- Beach towel
- Water bottle
- A dry change
- 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.
- Lift and transport kayaks
- launching and landing in different scenarios
- Bow and side landing
- Forward stroke
- Turns, stop, paddling backwards
- Stern rudder
- Forward and backward sweep stroke – 360° turn
- T draw, scull draw, hanging draw
- Secure the kayak on a rack or on a road cart
Safety navigation & rescue capabilities
- Wet exit
- Self rescue and assisted rescue
- Traditional assisted rescue
- Coastal habitats
- Main representative of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean
- Parks system, Marine Protected Areas and environmental protection
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Length: 6 h
- Language: Ita – Eng
- Departure Time: 10:00
- Location: Portofino
- Participants: max 6
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:
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.
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.
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.