The Ocean ABC of Paddling is for the people who are totally fresh to the sport and want to start paddling. OR, you have paddled once or twice, but haven’t quite mastered it yet and want some expert pointers.
This will be your introduction into the wonderful and adventurous sport of surfski paddling. You don’t need ANY equipment; we provide the surfskis and the paddles, all you have to bring is your get-wet-kit.
Time: 10:30 – 11:45
The Ocean ABC Paddling course takes you from: “This is a surf ski…” to, “This is how to hold your paddle” to, “This is how to catch a wave”, and of course, lots of fun and practice.
Your goal is to learn the 5 essential paddling skills. You begin with taking a stroke, then finding your balance and learning to remount. Ultimately you want to learn how to “Catch a Wave!” and then how to be safe. Your first session ever is called “The Intro Session” which is compulsory for all and where we show you what you need to know. After completing the Ocean ABC paddling course you will have experienced everything you need to know to start surf ski paddling and will also have given it a solid go.
The fun has only just started. If the bug has bitten, and you want to improve, you can get better and perfect your new-found skills at subsequent OCEAN PADDLER Practice sessions. You don’t have to complete sessions consecutively, but we recommend you paddle again as soon as possible ?. Of course, we understand that weekends are not always possible, so you can also book INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS in the week to get more focussed paddling done.
Got the gear, what now?
Achieve Ocean Paddler Status.
The Ocean Paddler sessions are specifically there for you to master the skill of ocean surf ski paddling under our knowledgeable watch. After completing the Ocean ABC of Paddling course you now progress your skills to become an Ocean Paddler*.
Here, we step-up what was introduced in the Ocean ABC Paddling course and you practice until you get it! We want you to experience the adventure and fun of surfski to it’s full potential!
We paddle a lot and focus on 5 specific skills with your ultimate goal of qualifying for the Ocean Paddler Certificate (and Basic Surfski Proficiency). When you have achieved that, then you know that you are capable of near shore (<1km offshore) surfski paddling and ready to paddle your first race!
The goal of these sessions is to improve your paddling and have fun while doing it! Gliding on the water or riding a swell on a surfski is one of the most exhilarating experiences ever! It’s very addictive and we want you to master it. These sessions focus on improving technique, making your remount bomb-proof AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, learning to ride a wave. Once you can successfully catch a wave, you’ve qualified and have achieved the Ocean Paddler Certificate. There is a short fun test called the Basic Surfski Proficiency which you can take any time you want and allows you to compete in most sanctioned near shore events.
(You can do these sessions on Saturdays or book INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS to get more paddling done…)
Once you have mastered the basics of surf ski paddling it’s time to start investing in some equipment and joining our weekly paddling training groups. You work on improving your skills as paddler and learn to paddle DOWNWIND, which is one of the most addictive and exhilarating activities on this planet!
(Note: If you are joining Surfski School for the first time, the Ocean ABC Intro Course is compulsory no matter what your perceived level)
Paddle the MILLERS RUN with a pro!
The world’s best, most famous downwind
Jump into a double ski with one of our pros and paddle the famous Millers Run.
Alternatively, paddle the Millers Run in single ski while accompanied by one of our pros.
The Millers Run is a downwind paddling route between Millers Point and Fish Hoek beach. There are 2 launch points at Millers Point – the False Bay Ski Boat Club (Southern, Cape Point side of the point) and the Public Slipway (Northern, Simonstown side of the point). There are 2 finish points – the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club and the FHBSC (Beach Sailing Club).
The distance is between 11 and 11.8kms long depending on start and finish. To obtain an official record or time you must start behind Bakoven Rock which is 500m offshore from the Ski Boat Club. Realistically if you use the Northern slipway (a much easier launch) then you won’t paddle from Bakoven Rock and will therefore have a different benchmark time – which isn’t a problem per se, but at some point you will have to do the more difficult launch at the Ski boat club and paddle around the rock.