Kayaking / Canoeing is a sport for all ages. It requires no complicated equipment. All you need is a paddle and a lifejacket / buoyancy aid and you will soon enjoy paddling with simple instructions. The water sports centres under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department are equipped with a variety of kayaks / canoes, including single and double kayaks, rescue kayaks, sea kayaks, multi-purpose kayaks and racing kayaks (K-1). Added to these are a wide range of structured programmes and our experienced instructors. No matter being a beginner or a professional paddler, there are always programmes suitable for you.
A course specially designed for beginners. It is intended to get you started on sheltered waters and introduce the basic paddling strokes, whistle signals, personal gear, the relevance of lifejacket / buoyancy aid, raft-up as well as capsize training. After successful completion of the course, you may proceed to the 2-Star Award Training.
After learning the basic techniques of paddling, you may proceed to acquire other skills in sheltered waters including the knowledge of lifejacket / buoyancy aid, paddles and canoes, weather effect, stern rudder, raft manoeuvre and HI rescue, etc. After successful completion of the course, you may proceed to the 3-Star Award Training.
The highest level of the Kayak Star Award Scheme. This is an intensive course that works on your existing skills and introduces the new techniques necessary for further advancement in proficiency and training of advanced levels. Training contents include safety awareness for canoeing, draw stroke, support stroke, individual clearance of water and X rescue, etc. Holders of the Kayak 3 Star Award may hire a kayak / canoe for self-practice.
A revision course that provides instructions for the holder of Kayak 3 Star Award or Kayak Elementary Certificate. Participants may take this chance to revise and consolidate their skills and prepare for further kayak training.
Rolling is an important skill that enables you to right yourself and the kayak from a capsized position so as to avoid having to handle the craft in deep water awkward under tired or dangerous conditions after capsizing.
Fast moving but very unstable, the racing kayak, or commonly known as "K" kayak, is equipped with a rudder for steering and formally used for racing in the Olympic Games. Once you have learned paddling, you will love the challenge of it.
It is an elementary training for the Proficiency Award. This course introduces the skills and knowledge for the Kayak Proficiency Bronze Award. It covers “X” rescue, stationary and on the move support strokes, knowledge for preparing a trip and safety code, etc. After passing the assessment, you may proceed to the Kayak Proficiency Silver Award Training.
This course introduces the skills and knowledge including Eskimo Rescue, the effect of wind, tide and current, etc. In this course, you will undergo a 15-kilometre sea trip training. After passing the assessment, you may proceed to the Kayak Proficiency Gold Award Training.
This is the highest level of training for Proficiency Award. It introduces the skills and knowledge including sculling draw, sculling for support, low brace turn, map reading and use of compass, etc. In this course, you will undergo a 15-kilometre sea trip training. Participant completed the 2-day Kayak Proficiency Gold Award Training is eligible to apply for the Attendance Certificate from Hong Kong Canoe Union (HKCU). The Attendance Certificate Holder is eligible to apply for one day examination on both written and practical assessment organised by HKCU or its affiliated clubs. If participant successfully passes the assessments, Kayak Proficiency Certificate will be awarded by HKCU.
This course intends to refine your paddling skills in every aspect and introduces more advanced techniques and strokes to help you become a professional paddler. It also helps you prepare for the Kayak Advanced Certificate Assessment. The contents of the course include navigation rules and regulations, and hanging draw, etc. You have to undergo three sessions of sea trip training of not less than 21 kilometres each to complete the whole training course.
You will undergo a 21-kilometre sea trip which is a prerequisite for attaining the Kayak Advanced Certificate.
This course covers rescues by kayaks and the general first-aid knowledge, which are necessary for kayak instructors. The contents of the course include an introduction of rescue kayak and relevant equipment, rescue of capsized kayak, application of CPR on a rescue kayak and rescue demonstrations. The course aims at helping participants to prepare for the Canoe Lifeguard Certificate Examination.
A revision course that provides instructions for one who had completed canoe lifeguard training course with 100% attendance rate. Participants may take this chance to practice, revise and consolidate their skills under instructor's guidance.
This is a comprehensive canoe lifeguard course designed to prepare student with advanced knowledge, skills and ability to handle unexpected events on the water. The contents of the course include searching technique, accident case study, full rolling skill, swimming in canoe, single blade stroke, various towing techniques and first aid skills, etc. The course aims at helping participants to prepare for the Advanced Canoe Lifeguard Certificate Examination.
Paddling out to beaches or islands inaccessible to conventional transport is a very special experience. The indented coastline, sandy beaches and towering cliffs are all to be explored. Using canoes, it is easy to get close to nature and see a lot of wildlife.
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