Just had a great couple of days running Noukhada’s inaugral 2 day Intro to Sea Kayaking Course. The course started in the classroom introducing key principals of decktop navigation, tides maps/charts and trip planning before heading out onto the water for 2 great days in the Al Hamra to Um Al Quwain area.
For the first day we put into practice the trip planning we had covered in the classroom as well as covering rescue techniques. We had a beautiful evening camping on the beach. The sunset was stunning, the temperature perfect and the company was great.
The next morning we were up at dawn to catch the tide to take us to Um Al Quwain. There is a huge colony of Cormorants that roost in the Um Al Quwain area. We’d seen large quantities of them fly just above our heads on their way ‘home’ the previous evening. Passing them is the morning was a spectacular site. The sheer quantity of birds was staggering.
Early in the morning is always a good time to paddle. Calm seas make for very easy progress. We passed the shipwreck. I was suprised to see they had been cutting it up slowly. I wonder how long it will take for it to vanish all together?
The final paddle past the docks and shipping port was a great glimpse of a less modern middle east. Fishermen repairing and preparing nets and boats for the days work.
We finished at the beack with plenty of time to spare before our pick up was due, time for a brew before heading back to base to wash salt off boats and kit and then wrap up the course over a final cup of tea.
Thanks to the course attendee’s for making the 2 days interesting and enjoyable. I look forward to paddling with you again