Fancy developing your Greenland rolls? The workshop will take place in Ithaca, which is an unspoiled Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is a friendly, small and beautiful island with stunning clear warm waters. It has some small villages and a stunning coastline.
The workshop is designed for a small group of 6 to 7 people and will take place over 3 days. We also have included a day kayaking so you can discover the island coastline and a free day to explore or relax. We will be based in a gorgeous beach that has a small taverna, olive trees and is easily accessible from Vathi village where we will be staying. During the workshop, we will look at:
- Balance brace: The key building block for the back deck rolls
- Sculling for support & for rolling
- Recovery through the back deck
- Back deck roll
- For paddlers that already know some of these techniques, or move easily through the above steps, we will look at the butterfly roll and two forward finishing rolls. People wanting to practise other rolls on their own, are welcome to do so.
We will run the workshop working in pairs, using two Rebel kayaks and one Romany. The pairs will take turns to support the practising paddler, so you will not only practise your own roll but also learn how to coach the rolls.
The village of Vathi is small, it has lovely waterside restaurants and a couple of bars. We will stay in a 3 star hotel on the front which has a bog terrace overlooking the sea. The rooms are simple and clean. It is a no frills hotel.
Picnic lunch with local produce during workshop days
Transfers to our rolling beach
3 Kayaks for the group
Your flights, transfers to and from the airport to Vathi in Ithaca (Please see How to get to Ithaca doc)
Dinners, snacks, etc…
Fly to Kefalonia. The transfer will meet you there and take you to the port of Sami which is 45 mins away where you will catch the ferry to Ithaca. Maybe you'll have time for a bite and some refreshments before the ferry.
We will meet you at the hotel, have a cold drink, and plan the following day.
First day of the rolling workshop. We will work with the balance brace from our base in a beautiful beach with clear waters.
During the second day, we will develop sculling for support and recovery,
During the third day, we will move into the roll. If participants are moving forward fast, then we will look at a variety of rolls.
Sea kayaking day trip. We will meet in the morning and take the kayaks out to go exploring the beautiful coastline with its small coves and stunning beaches. This is also an opportunity to continue practising your sea kayak rolls, swim and snorkel.
This is your free day. You can go exploring the island, go on a hike, hire electric bikes, have a relaxed beach day or go diving - this is available for all levels.
Departure day. The ferry leaves at 9am in time for you to get to the airport for your midday flight.