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Our Skills Booster Camp in Playa de Isla, Cantabria, in northern Spain, is the opportunity for all paddlers on an intermediate level to develop their skills and thus master the transition from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Here you can really strengthen your foundation, practice a lot and gain self-confidence before you continue to the next level or the next paddling adventure - e.g. on the not far away coast of Asturias.
What is a Skills Booster Camp?
A Skills Booster Camp is all about intensive learning and practice. With this very clear and technique-oriented focus, it also differs from our "normal" course camps in that we don't waste time with shuttles for day trips on other nearby stretches of coast, but usually always start from the same place. This results in more paddling and training time per day. At the moment we offer two Skills Booster Camps: one on the Costa Brava (Level Green) and one in Cantabria (Level Red). We assume that we will get you ready for the next level in each of these two camps. In this case, that means: Level Black tours should be in your remit afterwards.
Here, on Spain's green northern coast, the blue Cantabric Sea awaits you, with the best swell, fantastic coastal cliffs, bizarre rock gardens, 4-metre tides, and perfect surfing beaches – and all of this within reach of our base camp, where we'll spend a whole week without having to drive anywhere. Rather than waste time and energy on grand excursions in the surrounding area, we will instead explore all the possibilities available right here, outside our front door, so to speak, dedicating each day to the intensive development and fine tuning of your paddling technique. During this time, you will have plenty of opportunities to develop your paddling skills whilst rock hopping beneath high cliffs and in gigantic rock gardens: we'll be exploring magnificent caves, practising rescues, and going on day trips along the cliffs of Cape Quejo and Cape Ajo. And, of course, Cantabria wouldn't be what it is without all those perfect surfing beaches everywhere – in our case just a five-minute paddle away from the campsite...
Certainly by this point in your development as a kayaker, rolling is a necessity, so this is something you will be learning or further developing (whatever your present level is). Of course, you will also be learning the basics on tours of tidal waters, as well as everything you need in order to become a safe paddler at the very solid level of the BC Sea Kayak Award (formerly the 3-Star).
Please note: With this camp, you can opt for the one-week basic option or for the XL version, which is three days longer. More specifically: the XL version starts on Thursday afternoon with an intensive training session on (Greenland) paddling technique and rolling with star instructor Manolo Pastoriza. Manolo, who has been a trainer for 30 years, is one of the greatest Spanish sea kayakers and an international legend when it comes to Greenland rolling.