The sun is shining down. You’re enjoying the gentle breeze from the sea and waves are lapping ever so gently as you bob along in the water. Kayaking is one of those laid back activities that takes on a new dynamic when you’re on holiday in the likes of Greece or Sardinia. At our sun resorts guests can avail of free kayaking to while away the day and try out an activity that isn’t too strenuous.
Whether you’re accustomed to being in a kayak or you’ve never tried it out before, going on a sun holiday is a fantastic way to learn how to kayak, as well as having the opportunity to try a comprehensive range of watersports. You won’t get a better location to learn how to kayak properly and do a little exploring from the comfort of your own kayak where you can watch the world go by.
Here is everything you need to know about how to kayak in the Mediterranean when staying with us on holiday.
Kayaking is a fantastic sport to do on holiday. In our opinion, it is ideal for:
• Solo travellers – It’s the perfect activity to try as a unique experience.
• Couples – Kayak for two anyone? You can take turns from doing all the heavy lifting by swapping who has to row.
• Families – Some kayaks are adaptable for a parent and child to do some exploring on the water.
• Kids – Kayaking is included in many of the different childcare group itineraries available at our resorts
For many people, the first time they come down to the beach to use a kayak they have a slight look of confusion on their face, especially those who can’t tell the front from the back. To help put minds at ease, our resorts have qualified instructors at hand to help get anyone up to speed in how to kayak and where to go out in the water to keep things easy.
Many of our resorts are situated on sheltered bays and calm beaches, making for the best kayaking conditions a beginner to ask for. It’s important to remember that this is a relaxed and laidback watersport, with the focus on taking it easy; you’re on holiday after all.
Kayaking is a very easy activity to learn which means there are not dedicated courses as most guests only need a few minutes of safety training and guidance before being able to hit the water with confidence.
Our instructors will help newbies get a full education of what to do and answer any questions, especially how to get in and out in the water.
If you would like to receive a private lesson, you can ask at your resort if there is any space. Private lessons may have an extra cost and are subject to availability.
Yes. As a part of some of the childcare day groups available at various resorts, kayaking is an integral part of the weekly itinerary for several age groups. These include:
• Junior Club (6 to 9 years)
Over six days, the twice-daily club will try kayaking as well as sailing and windsurfing
• Kidz Club (10-13 years)
Kayaking is a common afternoon activity in the post-lunch session to keep everyone perked up
• Indy Club (14-17 years)
Our oldest kids club has kayaking in the mix alongside a host of water sports and activities down by the beach.
In all our childcare groups, instructors have to provide full guidance on how to use a kayak and teach children how to have fun in a safe environment. You can learn more about childcare options at our resorts on our family summer holiday page.
Alongside having the freedom to go out and kayak whenever you like, several resorts have a morning Kayak Safari for early risers. Guests can participate in a trip along the coast after sunrise to take in the sights further afield from the dedicated sailing area and get a real sense of what kayaking in the Mediterranean is like.
Most resorts will run the safari again the afternoon when the sun is calmer. These sessions can be booked at your resort for no extra cost.
While popping in your kayak to go out in the water may be natural for some of us, when it's your first time having a go, using a kayak may feel like a challenge.
That’s why we have private kayak lessons available for those who wish to learn at their own pace. The lessons do have a cost that varies between resorts and is subject to availability.
Only a sense of fun. All the equipment you would need to go kayaking is free to use and available for all guests.
There is also a range of kayaks as well if you’re looking to try something different from your average beach kayak. If you fancy getting vertical, starboard and RED stand up paddle boards are also free to use. You can find out more about the excitement of paddle boarding on our SUP boarding page.
Kayaking is free for all our guests. Kayaks are on a first come- first served basis, and you can go out on the water for as long as you like.
It’s advisable to kayak early in the morning or later in the afternoon, as the sun can be very intense around lunchtime. And please remember to have sun protection applied before heading out.
Kayaking is available at all sun resorts including:
Hand someone a kayak and paddle when they’ve never been in one before, and you’re guaranteed to give someone a frustrating experience. We make kayaking a delight, especially with the postcard-perfect conditions you’ll be able to paddle in.
When you first meet your instructor down by the beach, you’ll be shown the basics and different manoeuvres you should try if you’re looking to have as much fun as possible when you’re out there.
Our kayaking expert, Rachel Morgan, shows us some of the basic manoeuvres and how to execute them perfectly:
The second main control is the power (sail), which you control using the main sheet (rope which controls the main sail). If the sail is flapping there is no power in it. To set the sail, pull the main sheet until the sail stops flapping, this is the optimum setting for the sail where is will be most effective. When changing point of sail (direction of sailing relative to the wind), the sail setting will need to be adjusted as well.
Always look forward (where you’re going) and make small movements with the steering, the bigger the movements, the quicker everything happens.
Maybe you already know your way around a kayak and want to be a little adventurous in the water. If you’re looking to develop your technique or turn the gentle paddling into a full cardio upper body workout, there’s no better place to do it than on a sunny holiday.
At some resorts, you will be able to take part in a Kayaking Safari. This is a chance to venture further down the coast in your kayak and see the local area from a unique perspective. It is highly recommended for those who are comfortable and confident in a kayak.
Our kayaking expert, Rachel Morgan, shows us some of the advanced manoeuvres you might want to have a go with:
Step 1 – The helm checks over their shoulder to make sure the space they are tacking into is clear, then put their back foot across the boat. Step 2 – Ease the tiller away from you to instigate the turn, as the boom comes across the boat, you also cross the boat with your tiller extension hand extended in front of you and cross the boat facing forward minding your head on the boom. Step 3 - Once you’ve crossed the boat, you will do the 3 S’s: Sit down on the new side of the boat, when the sail fills on the new side of the boat, Straighten up the steering behind your back. When you’re settled on the new side Swap your hands over with the main sheet and tiller extension.
This is when you turn of the boat so that the stern (back) or the boat goes through the wind. Gybing is better if your making progress down wind, but the boom crosses the boat a lot quicker as you won’t be steering through the no-go-zone, meaning the sail will always be powered up. Again communication is important, when the helm wants to gybe, they call ‘Stand by to Gybe’, if the crew is ready they say ‘Yes’ and the helm they calls Gybe-oh’ as they begin the gybe.
Step 1 – When sailing on a training run, before the gybe the helms looks under the boom (the space you’ll be steering into), pull in 2 handfuls of mainsheet, put your back foot across the boat and crouch or kneel in the middle of the boat. Step 2 - Move the tiller to the windward side (the side of the boat you were just sat on) and watch the boom waiting for it to cross the boat. When the boom crosses over your head, straighten up with the steering behind your back. Step 3 – Sit down on the new side of the boat and swap your hands over so that the tiller extension is in your back hand, and main sheet in your front hand.
A capsize is when the boat turns onto its side so that the sail is in the water. It is good to practice capsizing and capsize recovery to make you familiar with how everything looks and how it happens and how the boat ends up. When you capsize, it is very important to stay with the boat, and if sailing with someone else, make sure they are ok. You will normally fall into the water between the hull and the sail.
Step 1 – Make sure the mainsheet (and jib sheets) are not cleated and free to run. Hold the knot in the end of the mainsheet, this ensures when you’re swimming around the boat, you will still be with the boat. Swim around the back of the boat to the daggerboard/centreboard. Step 2 – Grab hold of the daggerboard/centreboard with both hands and pull yourself ontop of it. This will naturally pull the boat upright with the majority of single-handers. Step 3 – Now the boat is upright, climb back onto the boat, if you need something to grab hold of, the toe straps to help pull yourself into the boat.