Introduction to kayaking

Try kayaking with safety in focus

Try kayaking with safety in focus

Do you think kayaking would be an exciting thing to do? Are you a beginner who need need help to get started? If so, this is an experience for you. You will get used to your kayak in a safe and peaceful way. It is important to feel safe when paddling. We will go through the basic knowledge about how to get in, sit and get out of a kayak. To be able to paddle in an effective and comfortable way, it is good to know about basic paddle technique. This is why we will introduce how you handle the paddle in the water.

The safety is important

The safety about kayaking is important. We will teach you how to help someone who has capsized, a technique called friend rescue.

Paddling i Slite skärgård. Foto Jim Sundberg/GotlandNature.
Kom igång med kajakpaddling

Kayaking in Gotland archipelago

When you have learnt about safety and basic paddle technique it is time to set off into the archipelago. Tempo will be adjusted to the slowest paddler, to make the tour comfortable for everyone. We will stay close to the shore, where we will be protected from the wind and waves. When suitable, we will go ashore for a snack and lunch.

Kom igång med kajakpaddling - förkunskaper. Foto: Jim  Sundberg/GotlandNature

Previous knowledge

 You don´t have to be an experienced paddler, or even have paddled at all, but you have to feel comfortable to be close to water. The kayaks we use are stabile, even though you may feel a little wobbly in the beginning.

The “try kayaking-tour” includes:

  • A full day of paddling adventure.
  • An experienced kayak guide.
  • A rented kayak with equipment and life west.

You have to bring your own lunch, snack and drink.

Schedule for try kayaking

Kom igång med kajakpaddling - program för kursen
09:00 Meet at Slite strandby.
Presentation of the program of the day, the kayaks and paddle. technique.
Safety instructions, friend rescue in theory. We try the kayaks.
10:00 Snack.
10:30 We start paddling.
12:00  Lunch break ashore.
13:00 Kayaking.
14:30 Back in Slite. Short evaluation and finish.

Our kayak guides

Foto: Aron Hejdström.

Jim Sundberg

Jim has more than 30 years of experience of kayak paddling in Gotland and in the archipelago of eastern Sweden. He has, for several times, joined 7-day trips of kayaking in the archipelagos of Stockholm, Småland and Östergötland. He has an education in teaching friend rescue.

Kajakguide Henrik Sundberg - Gustafsson

Henrik Gustafsson

Henrik is making his Greenland paddles himself. He is an educated teacher and has 15 years of kayak experience. He exceedingly likes to paddle in the archipelago of Småland. He has an education in teaching friend rescue.

Tips to bring

  • Soft, comfortable clothes.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • T-shirt or other short sleeved top to wear when paddling (or you will get wet).
  • Swim trunks or similar for the lower part of your body.
  • On your feet: Be bare foot or use sport sandals (like Teva).
  • Extra clothing and a warm sweater to wear afterwards.
  • If you own one; bring a water proof bag for storage of your clothes and food for the trip.
Kom igång med kajakpaddling - utrustningstips. Foto: Jim Sundberg/GotlandNature

"It was fun to join a mixed group, according both to age andpaddling experience. I liked the cool and confident guides and recommend everyone who like wildlife to try paddling with Gotland Nature” 

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Jane Ahrling
Visby, Sweden


Try kayaking summer 2024

Dates: will be published in May.
Place: Slite Strandby, Gotland.
Price: SEK 1790 inc tax. (food not included).

Of course we also do kayak trips on other dates than the fixed ones if you are at least 4 people.

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We drove to Herrvik on Eastern Gotland to meet up with our guide, Jim Sundberg - he couldn´t have given us a better tour. The ocean swells were hypnotic, the weather was overcast but gorgeous, and our lunch at katthammarsviks rökeri was one of the best smoked salmon I've ever have. We are all sore, see how sunburned I am. Jim said: "You'll sleep well tonight? Yes!

kvinna som paddlar kajak under en kajakkurs
Nancy Hogshead
Florida, US