Sea Kayaking Expedition – Greece

£500.00£1,399.00

2022 TBC
Greece
Medium
Kayaking, Fishing & Coastal Skills
6-12

Experience the freedom of a sea kayaking adventure – the perfect way to learn a whole new skill set for exploring the wilderness. Suitable for both beginner and novice paddler alike, on this expedition you will learn to sea kayak and develop new paddle skills in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Argolic gulf. From ancient Grecian temples to soaring sea cliffs, this sunny Mediterranean landscape is nothing short of specular.

 

On this guided expedition you will learn the techniques of sea kayak fishing and coastal foraging, using these sleek vessels to explore sea caves and hidden coves and to wild camp on secluded islands and remote beaches. The warm aquamarine waters of the Peloponnese are perfect for snorkelling and diving, where you will be taught swimming techniques to improve your water confidence and techniques for harvesting delicious fresh seafood. The evenings are spent making your own fishing tackle from modern and natural materials – from hooks to harpoons.

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Experience the freedom of a sea kayaking adventure – the perfect way to learn a whole new skill set for exploring the wilderness. Suitable for both beginner and novice paddler alike, on this expedition you will learn to sea kayak and develop new paddle skills in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Argolic gulf. From ancient Grecian temples to soaring sea cliffs, this sunny Mediterranean landscape is nothing short of specular.

On this guided expedition you will learn the techniques of sea kayak fishing and coastal foraging, using these sleek vessels to explore sea caves and hidden coves and to wild camp on secluded islands and remote beaches. The warm aquamarine waters of the Peloponnese are perfect for snorkelling and diving, where you will be taught swimming techniques to improve your water confidence and techniques for harvesting delicious fresh seafood. The evenings are spent making your own fishing tackle from modern and natural materials – from hooks to harpoons.

From bitter wild capers to the salty tang of samphire you will learn to identify edible plants to harvest from your kayaks as you paddle along this wild and rugged coastline of limestone cliffs, backed by lush green woodland and mountains. From skirting sea stacks to big bay crossings, you will learn the most efficient paddling strokes while trolling lures to catch your supper. At its heart, this trip is designed for those who want to learn how to sea kayak and become confident enough to plan their own expeditions – you will learn about packing, menus and route planning.

The azure blue waters of the Aegean Sea are home to a rich array of wildlife, from ‘old man’ sea turtles to fascinating octopus and friendly leaping dolphins, all which we are likely to see on our trip. Our guide Alex has been on many of our courses in the UK and has expanded upon and refined his skills to become an expert in his native environment where he grew up by the sea, he is like a Greek ‘Aquaman’, who will teach you all about the history, myths and lore of the ancient world, and all about natural history of this dramatic landscape. Founder of Pan Expeditions Alex is a highly qualified kayak coach and for the more experience paddler, Alex is able to assess you at the end of the expedition for a British Canoeing sea kayak qualification.

  • Days: Thurs  – Fri  (8 Nights)
  • Location: Argo-Saronic Gulf, Greece
  • Food & Accommodation: Fully catered, wild camping
  • Activity: Kayaking, Coastal Bushcraft, Fishing
  • Group Size: 6-14 (Av.10)
  • Physical Rating: Medium
  • 2022 Dates: TBC
  • Venues: Various beautiful beaches

Highlights

 

  • Water safety and survival
  • Paddle skills
  • Expedition & touring skills
  • Planning & Prep
  • Menus & Cooking
  • Capsize drills
  • Drownproofing
  • Water confidence
  • Snorkelling
  • Handlines
  • Rod fishing
  • Tacklecraft
  • Net fishing
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Mediterranean plants – edible, utility and medicinal 
  • Fishing skills – harpoons to hooks
  • Coastal wild foods

Inclusions

  • Single or double Sea Kayaks and all equipment (buoyancy aid, spray deck, paddle)
  • Wild Human leaders with W-EMT medical qualifications
  • Local English speaking guides certified as:“4 Star Sea Kayak Leader” & “Fundamental Safety & Rescue Training” by BCU
  • Cooking and eating equipment
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and refreshments are all provided by us
  • We also take waterproof cameras, including a GoPro to capture the trip and will send the photos to you at a later date
  • Sea Kayak handling/safety briefing
  • Big dry bags for your necessities
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • 1st Aid and Sea Kayak safety equipment carried by your guides

General Information

We will aim to cover the following –

Please click on the + symbols opposite to read about what you will learn each day.

Please note – the final syllabus is decided when we get there as the course is based on the ebb and flow of the tides, for “time and tide wait for no man”, so we have to work around it 🙂

To follow…

  • Bivi-bag and tarp
  • Sleeping bag, a one-season bag should be sufficient
  • Sleeping mat, lightweight inflatable ones such as Thermarest are good for when sleeping on pebbly beaches
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Midge/mosquito head-net
  • Sun hat, preferably with a full brim to protect ears from sunburn. You must be happy to get this wet i.e. not straw or leather!
  • Sunglasses, with a tether to stop them falling off into the water
  • Water-shoes, for wearing in the kayak, this could be an old pair of trainers
  • Bathing suit
  • Paddling clothes, we find swim-shorts and a long-sleeved rash-vest is the best combination for sun-protection (and doubles as a swimsuit). A T-shirt or long-sleeved top will also do.
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Lightweight towel
  • Warm dry clothes for the evenings
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Personal toiletries and medications, please only bring biodegradable wet-wipes, soap etc
  • Travelling clothes (these can be left safely at the hotel whilst paddling)

 

Optional extras

  • Dry ‘camp’ shoes/flip-flops
  • Snorkelling gear (we have some to loan out)
  • Walking pole to use as a post for the tarp (in case there are no sticks handy)
  • Favourite fishing tackle/hand-line
  • Waterproof camera
  • Reading book/kindle for evenings
  • Notebook
  • Small knife such as a Swiss-army knife (stainless-steel to avoid rust)

 

All kayaking equipment is provided.

To follow

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