Kayak Introduction Course "Våttkort"

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The Norwegian “Våttkort” (in translation the “wetcard”) is a certification that allows you to rent kayaks in Norway and may be useful in other countries. To get this certification you must show that you have the basic skills in controlling a kayak. If you want to learn the basics when it comes to kayaking, this is a course for you!

1320
NOK*
4
h
Kayak Introduction Course "Våttkort"
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About the

course

During the day your instructor will teach you basic and the most essential paddling techniques. You will get all our best tips and recommendation to be confident enough to start paddling on your own. We start the day on land having a look at the kayak and equipment that you need to have a safe trip. Before we launch the kayaks from the bay, we explain how to properly adjust the kayak to be comfortable while paddling. The course is combining a tour in the beautiful scenery with learning techniques along the way.  

The course focus on how to:

  • Get in and out of the kayak in different terrains (e.g., bay/dock/beach)
  • Paddle forward, backwards and stop
  • Different ways of turning the kayak
  • Capsize the kayak & get out of the kayak (this is optional but required to get the certification.)  

Once we find a good place for practising, we capsize the kayak to try how to get out while turned upside down. This is the part of the course that people are normally worried about beforehand, but it turns out to be the biggest achievement of the course. The instructor will show you how to do it and be next to you when you try. After this you will feel much more confident and learn where the flipping limits are. If you would like you can also try to get back into the kayak in the water or help a friend in need.

Then back where we started the day, we can congratulate you for a successfully completed course and being qualified to get the “Våttkort”.

What's included?

Instructor carrying safety and first aid-equipment

Kayak (for this course we use single kayak)

Paddle

Lifejacket

Wetsuit/Drysuit

Spray skirt

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Difficulty and requirements

Normal physical condition. The weather condition greatly determines the level of difficulty.  Please inform your guide of any medical conditions that might impact you during the tour or in an emergency.

  • Minimum age to participate: 15 years old
  • Maximum weight: 125 kg
  • You should have good swimming capabilities
  • This is not a course for people with troublesome shoulders

Please note that there is a minimum number of 2 participants for the course to run.

Duration and distance

Duration 4 hrs

Meet up

10 am. Meet your instructor at the reception of Trolltunga Hotel or Ullensvang Hotel. Choose your meetup in the booking.

Weather

Rain is not a problem when it comes to the kayak-courses, kayaking is the perfect activity to do in the rain. It is mainly wind and waves that are giving us restrictions for this course, but it also depends on what direction they are coming from. We will let you know as soon as possible if we must cancel the course due to weather conditions.

What to bring
  • Water, lunch and snack for approximately 4 hours
  • Clothing for hot days: light pants/shorts, t-shirt, caps, sunglasses
  • Clothing for colder days: woollen layers under your sport clothes, beanie/headband, gloves with a good grip
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Towel (nice to have, if you get wet while capsizing)
  • Extra set of clothes for after the course (nice to have, if you get wet while capsizing)
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FAQ

Do I need a previous experience to join the kayak tour/course?

No, it is also suitable for beginners in paddling.

Is the information meeting also for kayak tours?

The information meeting is mainly focusing on the long and demanding Trolltunga tours. If you have any questions, you can join the meeting and the guide will come with advice at the end of the meeting.

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