Sea kayaking is historically one of the earliest forms of paddling, with archaeological evidence suggesting highly developed craft and skilled hunter-fishermen as far back as 5000 BC. Nowadays sea kayakers are not normally in the position of fishing for the family fare, but the craft are remarkably similar in lines to their museum antecedents.
Sea kayaking is environmentally friendly and appeals to everyone who enjoys open spaces, salt air and the feeling of being at one with nature. The sea is not to be taken lightly and the ocean has a temperament and character, which need to be understood. Weather, tides and charts should be considered and journeys planned. Not all sea paddling is on calm water and for some the essence of the sport is in meeting challenging conditions, undertaking long open crossings, or playing in tide races.
Scotland has some of the best coastline in the world for sea kayaking and the best way to get started is through joining an Affiliated Club that runs sea kayaking trips or by attending a recognised BCU course at an Approved Paddlersports Provider.
Watching wildlife by sea kayak
The guide lines set out in the document to the right (under Downloads) are prepared by the Wild Scotland (the Scottish Wildlife and Nature Tourism Operators Association) for use by their members when leading sea kayak trips. Though prepared for use by professional sea kayakers, this guidance will be of great interest to anyone leading, or even taking part in any kind of sea kayak trip.