The freedom of gliding across the salt water to explore hidden caves and coves that can't be reached by land, or the rush of slicing through waves and rock hopping in the swell - sea kayaking opens up a whole new world of discovery and adventure
Sea kayaking is historically one of the earliest forms of paddling, with archaeological evidence suggesting highly developed craft and skilled hunter-fishermen date as far back as 5000 BC.
Our location on the Hamble provides a great base for sea kayaking. This discipline appeals to anyone who enjoys open spaces, salt air and the feeling of being at one with nature. However, the ocean can be temperamental, so weather, tides and charts should be considered and journeys planned.
Want to try sea kayaking?
Our location on the Hamble is ideal for beginners to sea kayaking and we have a fleet of sea kayaks for members to try out.
We always try to respond to the needs and desires of our members so if you are keen to give sea kayaking a go then let us know and we can discuss how to help you take the next step - normally starting with trying out a long boat with help from a club coach at one of our regular Sunday Bark Store sessions.
Safety & Sea Kayaking
Safety training specific to sea kayaking is recommended whatever your paddling ability. UHCC can offer safety and rescue training specific to sea kayaks at our summer Lakeside sessions. VHF radio courses are also recommended for anyone planning to venture out along the coast.
Thursday evening sea kayaking
UHCC members run a weekly sea kayaking session from early May through to late October. Each session is tailored to the abilities of those attending and the weather, tides and sea conditions, but typically we meet at 6pm at the Rising Sun pub (see map) in Warsash and might paddle ~10 km, either across the Solent to Calshot and back, up to Bill and Ben at the Royal Victoria Country Park or along the north shore to the east to Solent Breezes.
These sessions are not coached, so any members who have some experience of sea kayaking are welcome to join, but as a minimum you should be able to:
safely exit your kayak in the event of a capsize if you are not able to roll
reenter your boat with support from fellow paddlers
You must be dressed appropriately for this activity, to ensure that if you do capsize that you will not become hypothermic, as you may be a long way from shore and a set of dry clothes!
Intermediate to Advanced Paddlers
UHCC members often organize day or weekend trips exploring stretches of the south coast, such as Studland - Old Harry Rocks - Swanage, Lulworth cove - Durdle Door are all spectacular and very achievable paddles. On rougher days the harbours at Poole, Portsmouth, Langstone or Chichester give sheltered opportunities to see fancy yachts, seals, flocks of sea birds and commercial shipping.
Sea Kayaking needn't be all scenic views, giant lunches and forward paddling. Trips to and round the Isle of Wight require some commitment: Being far from land, navigating tide races at Hurst Castle, the Needles and off St Catherine's Point all provide plenty of excitement. Dedicated thrill seekers can surf the break at Kimmerage bay and trips to Sea Kayaking symposiums in Cornwall and Pembroke have been popular.
During the summer months, multi-day sea kayaking + camping trips are an appealing option, with a huge selection of great destinations on our doorstep and further afield. Summer club trips in the past have also included sea kayaking and camping for a week in the Scilly Isles, Western Isles of Scotland and along the Cornish coast.
Organise a trip
Is there a journey you want to try or a section of coast that you really want to explore? Why not organise a trip with fellow paddlers? For advice and recommendations contact the club secretary or sea kayak rep.