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2 / 1 / 2011: Sea kayak courses
Commited to the spreading of the magnificent and environment friendly sport of sea kayaking, we organize training courses based on the British Canoe Union (BCU) content and syllabus.

The courses are run by Pavlos Georgilas who is the only Greek Sea Kayak Instructor, certified by the British Canoe Union. He is a 5 Star Sea, Level 3 Sea Coach (Level 4 Coach according to the old BCU scheme).

Our friendly and personal coaching approach ensures that everyone gets excellent value from the courses and becomes a better paddler.

The crystal clear and warm waters of Greece form an ideal environment for practicing skills, especially wet ones, like rolling and rescues.

Apart from the prescheduled courses, we organize customized ones to fit everyone's needs (i.e. eskimo roll courses).

The courses are organized from Sea kayak Club Greece and Cannibals kayak house in Athens.

Training Courses Dates and Details (2011) Dates Level Location Price* (Euros)
9-10 April Beginner Athens 160
11-12 April Intermediate Athens 170
15-16 April Beginner Kefalonia 160
17-18 April Intermediate ** Kefalonia 170

Please check booking and payment info at the bottom of the page

* The price includes two 2-hour sessions (morning and afternoon) or a 4-5 hours trip per day. Please read below analytical level descriptions for more information on the content and what additional is included (ie. night paddle in the Advanced course, etc.)

** Contact us if you want to do the BCU 3 Star Sea Performance Award assessment
Level definitionBeginnerThe content of this course is in alignment with BCU One & Two Star awards. It also covers part of the BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue course.

Intended for people with little or no previous sea kayaking experience.

The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact as well as learning key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment.
Intermediate - BCU 3 Star performance awardIntended for people that have either the BCU Star 2 performance award or have already done a beginner's course or have appropriate paddling experience and technical skills without having attended a course previously. After this course you should be a competent performer and have the safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in sheltered to moderate water environments.

The first two days will be the training and the third the assessment for the award.
AdvancedThis course is in alignment with BCU Four Star award. It covers both personal and leadership skills.

It is intended for people who want to increase their personal paddling and navigation skills as well as lead other paddlers in moderate trips (under certain conditions and limitations as defined by the British Canoe Union).

A night paddle as well as navigation techniques are also included in this course. Due to lack of tide in Mediterranean sea, we cannot practice on tide related skills. We will compensate by practicing a lot in wavy conditions (weather permitting).

Booking infoA deposit of 50% is needed in order to book a place in the courses. Payment of the remaining balance will be done before the beginning of the course.

Contact us for more information or to book a place

Please call at +30 6932 904 360 (Pavlos Georgilas) or at +30 6947 702 668 Stavros Georgarakis) for becoming a member of the Sea Kayak Club of Greece.
Tel/Fax: +30 210 99 69 655

10 / 11 / 2010: Demo Boats
We have a range of Sea kayak, sit-on-top, and white water kayaks available for rental.

Our demo boats can be used on the sea, lake, river or Helliniko Canoe-kayak Slalom Center.

The cost is 20 euro per day or 10 euro for five hours (within shop opening hours).

You can use our test kayaks and if you wish to buy some in one week after the test, we return your money back.

Also, we have available a big range of quality paddles for any kind of use for
5 euro day testing.

A form of deposit will be required.

Can’t find the boat your looking for? Contact the shop for more info on boat availability.

*** Ask us for the boat you are interesting ***
Tel/Fax: +30 210 99 69 655

25 / 6/ 2010: Fishing kayaks
Few boats are as ideal for fishing as the kayak.
Its shallow draft lets a kayak go just about anywhere, from the shallowest rivers to the deep blue sea.
Its low centre of gravity helps with stability when reeling in a fish.
A kayak is also a quiet boat.
There’s no motor, so it won’t scare away the fish.
However, not all kayaks are equally well suited for all kinds of fishing.
Kayaks for deep sea fishing should be longer, heavier, and wider than kayaks which will be used for fishing in rivers and lakes.
Longer kayaks are generally faster than shorter kayaks, which may be a factor if you have to paddle long distances to reach your fishing grounds.
However, longer kayaks are also heavier, more difficult to load and unload from your car, more awkward to portage, and less maneuverable among tree roots and shallow streamlets.
Kayaks are sensitive boats which respond easily to every shift in balance.
When choosing a kayak for fishing, it’s important to look for boats which can give you the most stability.
Wider kayaks are more stable than narrow kayaks, and some fishing kayaks are up to a metre wide.
However, wider kayaks are also slower and less maneuverable.
It's also more difficult to do an Eskimo roll in a wider kayak, especially in choppy waters.
You also want to pay attention to the difference between primary stability and secondary stability.
Kayaks which don’t have much wobble side-to-side have good primary stability.
Kayaks which can lean at an angle without flipping over have good secondary stability. This is particularly important when fishing in choppy water.
Flat bottom kayaks have excellent primary stability, but have worse secondary stability than V-shaped hulls.
Choosing a fishing kayak with good secondary stability lets you keep the advantages of a narrow beam boat while still retaining a stable fishing platform.
If you will be fishing in choppy waters, look for an upswept bow, also known as a rocker.
For still waters, look for a flatter bow.
Many fishing kayaks also have a skeg, which extends the keel toward the stern, for directional stability.
A very popular type of fishing kayak is the sit-on-top (SOT) kayak.
These kayaks have a cockpit which is molded right into the polyethylene hull of the kayak, so that you sit on top of the kayak with your legs and body exposed. It’s essentially a hollow surfboard with a place for you to sit.
An SOT is self-bailing, meaning that any water goes out through the scupper holes as fast as it goes in.
With an SOT, it’s easy to get out and wade if you have to.
Because of the molded structure, SOTs also have very little hull slap, so they’re quiet even for kayaks.
Many fishing SOTs even come with built-in tank wells for your catch.
On the other hand, you are not sitting down inside an SOT.
This makes your centre of gravity higher, so you are not as stable as you would be with a sit-inside kayak (SIK).
This is why most SOTs are wider than sit-inside kayaks.
If an SOT is not wider, the molded cockpit is probably very low to the water. Expect to be sitting in water most of the time.
Twin hull kayaks, or catamarans, have the most primary stability of any kayak, but they have little secondary stability.
You can sometimes stand up on top of a sit-on-top kayak, but you have to have really good balance.
With twin hull kayaks, standing up is a breeze.
Some single hull kayaks use outriggers instead, which have better secondary stability.
At the high end of the kayak scale, some manufacturers customize fishing kayaks with built-in accessories.
You can get special equipment mounts, built-in holders, and specially designed hatches.
At the low end, you can always drill your own rod holder.
However, you can’t undrill a hole, so take your boat out onto the water several times before cutting into it.
Brace your rod against the side and try to land a couple of fish, so you get a feel for what will and won’t work.
Mark where you want your rod holder, with an eye to waterlines and scupper holes. Before cutting or drilling anything, measure and measure again.
Most anglers commit to fishing all day. Even if you don’t, it’s a pain to have to keep running back to your vehicle.
High storage capacity for your equipment and your catch is a must.
A spare paddle and a paddle leash are very important to the kayak fisherman.
It’s amazing how easy it is to let go of your paddle when focused on the subject of your next fish story. Wear your personal floatation device (PFD) at all times.
More than one angler has been toppled by a feisty fish.
When fishing in popular waters, it’s also important to be visible to your fellow anglers.
Kayaks sit so low in the water that you can’t see others until they’re almost right on top of you, and they’ll have a hard time seeing you as well.
If you’re going to be sharing waters with powerboats, choose a brightly coloured kayak which will stand out from the water. The fish won’t care.
They pay much more attention to shadows and sound than to colour.
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25 - 09 - 2007: Sea kayak courses
Comitted to the spreading of the magnificent and environment friendly sport of sea kayaking, we organize training courses based on the British Canoe Union (BCU) content and syllabus.

The courses will be organized both in Kefalonia and Athens.

Training Courses Dates and Details

Dates Level Location Price (Euros)
25-27 October 2007 Beginner (3 Star content) Kefalonia 160 *
28 October - 1 November 2007 Up to 3 Star Assessment ** Kefalonia
to be defined Beginner Athens

* The price includes 3 nights accommodation in twin share appartments, 2 sessions per day (morning and afternoon) and a light lunch every day

** From 27th of October to 2nd of November 2007, in collaboration with the Sea Kayak Club of Greece, we will host Kevin Mansell a highly experienced BCU instructor and owner of the kayaking site During this period, nice paddling trips as well as assessments for up to the BCU 3 Star Test will be organized.

23 / 01 / 2007: Prijon kayak use
Gear Storage is your first concern. Hatches that have large openings and good seals are key. Most important are the handling characteristics of a touring kayak when loaded down with gear.
Yukon Expedition

Lots of possibilities exist. Before or after work quick cruises, a long day on the lake with a picnic lunch or a paddle out of the bay and into the ocean swells. Look for kayaks that are easy to car top or of a length that is easy for you to manage. Gear storage is not critical but is always useful if you choose to multi-day paddle.
Capri Tour
Capri II
Yukon Expedition

Touring kayaks capable of open water handling, good tracking and gear storage are great for this type of paddling. For bird watchers and kayak fisherman, a stable platform is a nice touch.
Capri Tour
Capri II

Open water handling and a combination of good tracking while maintaining efficient cruising speeds are prerequisites. Efficiency is achieved by longer length, a more narrow beam and a generally sleek design.

Versatility is the key. The Yukon Expedition is a do-it-all kayak that is very well suited for river touring where quick maneuvers are a possibility. If your river touring is on wide lazy rivers clear of obstacles
Yukon Expedition
Capri Tour

19 / 12 / 2006: Information for kayakers
Stability, because few paddlers want to end up capsized, is very important when choosing a kayak. But stability is a complex issue—not only does it keep you upright, it's connected to virtually every performance element. Stability is really an issue of volume, which creates buoyancy, and where that buoyancy lies in the hull.

Not every kayak that feels stable is stable. And not every kayak that feels tippy will leave you overturned. Stability is divided into two types: initial and secondary. Initial stability is what you feel when you first sit in a kayak on flat water. A kayak with a good initial platform feels solid. But you can't always rest easy in a kayak with high initial stability—that very same kayak, when introduced to surf or chop, can become a different craft. When that boat leans over, you'll find the stability is not where you need it, thus limiting you to calm water conditions.

Kayaks gain stability through hull shape—primarily through beam (width) and flare. Flare describes the angle of the hull outward from the bottom of the kayak to the deck. Pronounced flare increases secondary stability. This secondary stability is vital when you're faced with rough water or when you lean in to a turn. Lean turns are an efficient way to maneuver your kayak. If your kayak is long, it will likely track well, but it will lose maneuverability. By lean turning a kayak, you reduce the waterline length presented to the water and turn quicker. This is why secondary stability is so important—it helps you stay upright while you orient in a way that makes the kayak move the way you need it.

Chine is another element of hull shape that assists with turning. Chine is best pictured by a kayak's cross-section—it describes any transition from one surface to another from hull to deck. Chine can be hard or soft, single or multi. Some are soft-chined kayak—it rounds gently from the hull to the deck. A double hard chine, has two angles in the hull itself. Some kayaks an example of the diamond hull which features three chines—two further up on each side, and one along an inverted u-shaped channel that runs along the length of the initial platform. Also kayaks features a full hard chine which appears rounded but is designed around stability.

Many kayak companies offers many different hull shapes to fit your needs—how do you know which is best for you? Know your water and where you want to go. Know your paddling skills and where you want to take them. And finally, test paddle. Preferably in the kind of water you'll really face, with the gear you'll really take.

Next to staying in the kayak and out of the water, paddlers like to go places. Rocker is part of what makes a kayak go where you want. If viewed from the side the kayak lies flat, it has little rocker. If the kayak is shaped more like a "u," it has a lot. If you plan to paddle in tight coastal areas or rivers, or you simply prefer to turn and carve quickly, more rocker makes it easier. Generally speaking, if covering distance is important to you, choose a kayak with less rocker; it will paddle more efficiently in a straight line. This rule applies in flat or moderate conditions—in rough or confused seas, extra rocker will aid your ability to paddle straight because it keeps you on top of waves (which makes it easier to stay on course). Extra rocker allows you to respond to, rather than fight, tough conditions. Like stability, rocker is not an either/or choice—it's a matter of balance that works with other aspects of a kayak's hull shape. We at Necky pride ourselves on achieving this balance across our line.

One thing many touring kayaks have in common is the "Dolphin" bow, which features smoothly flowing rake, generous flare, and buoyancy. Translated: as the bow passes through waves, forward motion creates upward thrust that keeps your deck above water. This keeps you dry, on course, and up to speed. Because of this unique bow, (combined with appropriate rocker) Kayaks are a pleasure to paddle in rough conditions or the surf zone. Kayaks stern is also unique—buoyancy is also important behind you. Clearly, you need enough so your stern stays afloat. But too much buoyancy aft will shove your bow underwater and create a wet, rough ride.

"How fast will this kayak go?" It's a common question, especially among paddlers who want to travel as efficiently as possible. Speed isn't as simple as you might think—in theory, long kayaks track better in a straight line and should propel you most efficiently. In reality, efficiency comes down to wetted surface and how much a paddler can handle. A long kayak has more wetted surface than a short one, which means a long hull has to tackle more water than a short one. A long kayak in motion tends to stay in motion, but first one has to get it there. If a paddler is strong enough to handle the wetted surface of a long kayak, he or she will reap the efficiency benefits once the boat is up to speed. Weaker paddlers may find a kayak with less wetted surface is quicker for them.

"How fast will this kayak go?" It's a common question, especially among paddlers who want to travel as efficiently as possible. Speed isn't as simple as you might think—in theory, long kayaks track better in a straight line and should propel you most efficiently. In reality, efficiency comes down to wetted surface and how much a paddler can handle. A long kayak has more wetted surface than a short one, which means a long hull has to tackle more water than a short one. A long kayak in motion tends to stay in motion, but first one has to get it there. If a paddler is strong enough to handle the wetted surface of a long kayak, he or she will reap the efficiency benefits once the boat is up to speed. Weaker paddlers may find a kayak with less wetted surface is quicker for them.

Superlinear polyethylene is an excellent material to build kayaks with for one fundamental reason: bomb-proof durability. Polymer sea kayaks are second to none in design, performance and strength.

This starts with material choices. As a pioneer in the art of rotomolding sea kayaks, more brands have vast experience in drawing on the inherent qualities of polyethylene. Careful application of technology creates drier, stronger boats that perform year after year under the most grueling conditions. And we don't rest until we create the best performance platform for each model's intended use, resulting in beautifully efficient kayaks of startling durability at a highly affordable price.

Advenced Composite.
In Advanced Composite (ac) fiberglass and (ac) carbon kayaks, materials are layered with a core added between layers in specific areas to increase the overall stiffness. The result is a lighter yet stronger kayak that can endure more impact.

Working with experts in both the aerospace and yacht industries using aircraft-grade materials, all brands have produced laminates that yield kayaks significantly stronger, stiffer and lighter than anything else on the market, far exceeding what's typical in the kayak industry.

We have chosen a plain weave E glass cloth for our glass kayaks and a combination of high modulus graphite for our carbon kayaks. The graphite and glass laminates are stronger and lighter than typical aramid models and hold up much better without getting that spongy feel.

In addition, the seam of our kayaks is tongue and groove — both structural layers of the hull and deck overlap. It is then bonded, creating the strongest seam you'll find on the market.

5 / 9 / 2006: Sea kayak training program
7th-10th of October 2006
Sea Kayak training program in Kefalonia
The above mentioned days, in collaboration with the Sea Kayak Club of Greece we organize a sea kayak training program. The program will essentially cover the 3 Star Test Syllabus of the British Canoe Union (BCU).

Responsible for the training will be Pavlos Georgilas, BCU Level 2 Instructor.

More analytically:

1st day Avithos area (in our base)

morning session
- Lifting, carrying and launching the kayak
- Forward paddling
- Stopping
- Rotate 360 degrees on the spot
- Reverse paddling
- Return to bank and disembark

afternoon session
- Capsize, swim ashore and empty
- Moving sideways
- Ruddering
- Preventing a capsize
- Turning
- Securing

2nd day Argostoli lighthouse to Minies trip

A beautiful trip along a coastline full of caves, arches and rock gardens!

During this trip we are going to practice on the above mentioned techniques and in addition:

- Deep water rescue
- Sculling draw
- Sculling support
- Eskimo rescue
- Edging

3rd and 4th days Agia Kiriaki to Atheras (west coast of the island). Overnight with camping and bbq

Paddling in remote areas of superb beauty! High, white limestone cliffs, caves and white sandy beaches will be our kayaking terrain!

These days we will practice all the techniques introduced the first days and in addition:

- Towing and use of tow line
- Eskimo roll

Please call at +30 6932 904 360 (Pavlos Georgilas) for booking a place or at +30 6947 702 668 or +30 210 9969655 (Stavros Georgarakis) for becoming a member of the Sea Kayak Club of Greece.
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