Sea kayak course 3° level


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This course is designed for those who already have good mastery with sea kayaking, but want to feel safe even in unfavorable situations, such as navigating in winter or rough seas.

The Sea Kayak L3 Explore Training Course is designed for those who already have good mastery with sea kayaking, but want to feel safe even in hostile situations, such as navigating in winter or rough seas.
The program will bring the candiate to achieve the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to paddle at sea, being part of a group of equal capacity, during a one-day navigation in conditions up to breeze (Beaufort force 3) or rough seas (Sea State 3).

To access the SK3 course it is necessary to have obtained the Pagaia Azzurra Sea Kayak Level 2 certification – equivalent to the EPP 2 – or demonstrate to master the individual skills, be able to perform rescues and have navigation knowledge corresponding to the requirements of the SK2 Program.

The course covers the program of the National Pagaia Azzurra 3, EPP 3 (Euro Paddle Pass) Certification and that of the BC “Sea Kayak Award”, old 3 stars.

The Pagaia Azzurra 3 Certificate is issued during an additional exam day (not included in the final price) with FICK trainers who have not participated in the training.

The BC “Sea Kayak Award” Certificate will be issued by our internal BC provider once the skills required by the Award have been achieved.

  • Sit-in sea kayak
  • Paddle
  • Spraydeck
  • Life vest
  • Wetsuit (provided during winter season)
  • Thermal shirt (provided during winter season)
  • Water jacket (provided during winter season)
  • Neoprene boots (provided during 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 in different scenarios
  • Forward stroke
  • Stop and paddling backwards
  • Bow rudder
  • Stern rudder
  • Forward and backward sweep stroke – 360° turn
  • T draw, scull draw, hanging draw
  • Low brace and low brace with momentum
  • High brace and high brace with momentum
  • Ability to maneuver with self-confidence in sea conditions at the beam reach, bow and stern
  • Launching and landing in surf max 1m
Safety navigation & rescue capabilities
  • Roll
  • Self rescue
  • Assisted rescue
  • Contact tow and long towing
Navigation e piloting, safety and marinery
  • Map reading, use of the compass and bearing
  • Maritime signaling and regulation to prevent collisions at sea
  • Navigation Distance and time calculation
  • Meteorology (sources and interpretation)
  • Wind effects, wave, tides and coast morphology
  • Group navigation, safety at sea, first aid items
  • Knots (bowline knot, figure eight knot, clove hitch)
Environmental knowledge
  • Coastal habitats
  • Main representative of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean
  • Parks system, Marine Protected Areas and environmental protection
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Length: 2 days
  • Language: Ita – Eng
  • Departure Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Portofino
  • Participants: max 6

Program: 12h course (2 days)

BC & Fick Kayak trainers

High quality sea kayak equipment provided

Learn in a wonderful naturalistic frame in close contact with nature

Safety is the base of each lesson!

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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