Ocean Ski

Ocean Ski

We understand that making the transition from predominantly sheltered water paddling to out in the open ocean can be daunting and at times downright frustrating. Our goal is to help you make this transition from flat water battler to gliding down ocean swells with ease – our ethos is to share our combined knowledge to help develop both confidence and skills in a safe but challenging environment. And where better than at the heart of open water paddling in the UK, at the Ocean Sports Centre in Carbis Bay.

Clinics are tailored to meet your needs from developing rough water and downwind paddling to becoming more technically efficient – learn how to build training programmes that work for you, getting the most out of every paddle.


The Ocean Sports Centre at Carbis Bay in St’Ives Cornwall is the best ocean paddle sports location in the country. Hit the water in calm conditions in the sheltered bay and within a very short distance you could be taking rides for 200m over at the ‘Poles’ or head over to the ‘Island’ and you can turn into the teeth of a westerly and immediately start chasing bumps across the bay.

With North and South coasts within easy reach a variety of downwind routes are available almost on every point on the compass – whatever your current level there will be conditions that will bring your ocean skills on in leaps and bounds.

Downwind & Rough Water

Downwind is the most fun that can be had on any craft and none more so than on a Ski. Despite this, paddling downwind can be immensely frustrating, constantly missing the ‘right’ bump or slewing sideways on bigger days particularly as others seem to effortlessly slip by. This is what makes downwind paddling unique, a mixture of art and skill.

Having spent a lifetime on the Ocean salt water is almost part of our DNA now – constantly honing skills and developing new coaching methods to help demystify the art of downwind paddling.

We will help you recognise the right swell or bump to go for; when to paddle hard and when to ease off. Ultimately we want to get you onto the faster moving lumps of open ocean swell with the least amount of effort. The aim is, to paddle confidently with correct technique, negotiate swells and above all be safe.


Technique is everything, no matter the level of performance old habits can take hold and are often hard to shake. The Ocean ski technique clinic helps to develop greater awareness of forward paddling mechanics borrow from the engineering concept of tensegrity. This combined with a wealth of paddling and coaching experience from competing as part of the Olympic flat water sprint kayak training squad to National team representation in Ocean Ski.


Wether you simply want a brush up with a one to one clinic or would like to share the experience in small groups simply click on the booking icon below and select the options which best suit your needs.

Want more performance oriented coaching – go to our Performance Profile section for sports science testing which provides data that will transform your paddling.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Drop us an email or give us a quick call at glenn@oceansportuk.com; mobile 07533695031