FOUNDATION | Learn sea kayak basics

This 2 day course is suited to beginners or to those who wish to refresh sea kayak basic strokes and maneuvres.

2 days course. Increase your fun and enjoyment while kayaking. Strong foundation allows to progress quickly and perform more effective and efficient paddle strokes. Progressing in paddling technique allows withstanding longer navigations and possibly avoids injuries in more demanding environments.
On day 1 focus is on paddle straight forward and backward, how to keep stability, stop a kayak, perform 360° turns and rescue each other. On day 2 we will put the skills learnt on day 1 into practice on a day journey along unspoiled coastline and exploring secret bays to locate the perfect picnic spot.

Good water confidence is needed. Any previous kayaking experience is welcome.

1 pair of wetsuit boots or old trainers
1 lycra shirt
1 pair of sunglasses
1 suntan cream
1 towel
1 packed lunch or snacks
1 flask of hot drink or a 1,5 L bottle of water depending on the season

Tuilik provides
1 fully equipped kayak (customized lifelines, fitted compass, spraydeck, paddle, bilge pump, sponge, 1 dry bag)

This is a 2 days course. Find the next date in our Calendar

Location: Scuola di Mare Santa Teresa (Lerici), Liguria, Italy

  • Check-in on friday evening 310€
  • Check-in on saturday morning 285€
  • Single room supplement +25€ per night
  • Discounts for couples


  • full board in shared room or single room on request. Recently renewed, the building is part of a charming old navy fortification
  • 1 kayak fully equipped with: paddle, spray deck, 1 dry bag for cloths, bilge pump, sponge, safety & rescue lifeline, steering compass

To participate to our courses, please provide, along with your registration, a medical certificate of fitness for non-competitive sports valid for the current year.

Extra equipment (if you need some)
1 paddling jacket – 10,00€ a day
1 neoprene long john or drysuit for cold season – 20,00€ a day

Book with Scuola di Mare Santa Teresa (SMST):

  1. Click here (SMST website)
  2. Click on tab Richiedi Informazioni
  3. Fill-in the form, you will receive a reply from SMST

Candidates with the required prerequisites can ask to be assessed before the end of the course according to the Pagaia Azzurra award system at level 1 or level 2 according to the requirements of the EPP (Euro Paddle Pass).

Please apply for assessment at least one week before the start of the course.