Surf Sanctuary Ocean Confidence Course
Hi crew, well I’ve been training and racking up the hours in the sea as usual, getting in and out of all sorts of scrapes, helping the odd person out here and there, reading and researching and learning about how things work, and now I have a course that I am ready to offer to you:
The Ocean Confidence Course!
Location: Lusty Glaze Training Centre
Date: 9th / 10th February
Duration: 9th – 9.30am – 5pm. 10th – 9.30am – 1pm.
Cost: £160 per person
Lusty Glaze Training Centre is a peerless location for ocean training. It is a private beach with superb facilities. Hot drinks, cakes and snacks will be available for the duration of the course.
This course is for:
This course is aimed at anyone who wants to develop their knowledge so that they can understand and safely play in the surf zone. This includes kitesurfers, beginner to intermediate surfers, SUPers, open water simmers, kayakers, parents who want to understand the ocean better, and folks who want to use beaches out of lifeguarded season.
If you have a desire to get more involved with the waves, but want to back it up with the knowledge to predict and understand the ocean, and techniques to keeping your cool and extracting yourself from situations when ‘it all goes bad’, then this is the course for you.
You should expect to learn a lot. We will cover a lot of ground, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A sessions. For the practical elements, you will never be put into a situation outside of your comfort zone. This course is to train you, not to scare you, but you will have a lot of fun.
In the class room you will learn the theory of:
Tide mechanics and what they mean to water users
Rips currents; different types and how to identify them
How swell is formed, and what the ‘numbers’ mean when it turns up on your beach
Waves; the anatomy of a wave and the various types
Surf breaks; the differences between points, beaches, reefs, slabs, and where to find them
How to choose the right beach for your ability and the predicted conditions
Etiquette in the surf zone, and interacting with locals and visitors alike
And in your wetsuit you will learn how to:
How to do a full site assessment of a surf beach
Read swell and waves
Swim out properly through surf and body surf back in
Deal with heavy kitesurfing wipeouts – both when the kite stays in the sky and when it falls!
Safely get a board out through surf and paddle it around the surf zone
Escape rips and use them to your advantage
Develop your lung capacity and breathing techniques in wipeout situations
Plan escape routes and self rescue using various pieces of equipment, or none at all!
This course does NOT cover: Specific surfing, kitesurfing or SUP skills. If you would like coaching specific to techniques in those sports, contact me and I will refer you to an excellent coach.
EDIT: This course WILL cover:
Specific kitesurf waveriding skills. Due to the number of enquiries I have had from kitesurfers, there will be a strong kite-wave riding element to the course. Hooray!!
This course is NOT a substitute for a life saving course for rescuing others. It is designed to enable you to become your own risk technician in the ocean, and to broaden your knowledge and techniques so you can anticipate risk, deal with it when it things go wrong, and get yourself out of trouble.
You will need to bring:
Clothing suitable for a UK winter’s day
Winter wetsuit, boots, hood. If you need these items, we can supply you with them.
Kites, board, harness.
If elements of the course demand it, you will be provided with a personal flotation device.
You can stay in your camper van or wherever you like, but here are a couple of suggestions from me:
High End: Glendorgal Hotel
Budget: Kirribilli Guest House
Call Dom (that’s me!) on 07540 155123, or email email@example.com, or leave a comment below.