Option Leader: Mr. Colin Spanos
To join this option students must be able to to swim at least 100m and have confidence in water.
This week of water sports activities will be run at St Stephen’s Beach Water Sports Centre, in Stanley which is an LCSD Water Sports Centre. Surrounded by the sea, Hong Kong is a wonderful place for water sports. This is an opportunity for students to enjoy the great fun of water sports activities and to improve their skills in water sports through participation in various training programmes.
There is a choice of water sport training courses available to the students during this week. Students can choose from Sailing, Kayaking or Wind Surfing. This week offers the opportunity to cover up to 2 different training courses during the week which may lead to a qualification in that course. Sufficient qualifications in a chosen water sport will enable students to hire out the kayaks, windsurfers, etc in the future at any LCSD centres without the need of instructors.
All necessary equipment will be provided by the Centre from Wetsuits and Life Jackets to kayaks, etc.
Students will need to bring their own swimsuits, towels and appropriate attire for the water sport they choose to do. A warm change of clothes is recommended for the end of the day. Students will also need to bring their own packed lunch and srinks for the day. Plenty of water is recommended along with suncream and hats and sun glasses.
Included in this week is a day of fun at another beach were students can choose to surf, paddle board or chill with their friends!
Kayaking / Canoeing is a sport for all ages. It requires no complicated equipment. All you need is a paddle and a lifejacket / buoyancy aid and you will soon enjoy paddling with simple instructions. Stanley Main Beach centre, under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is equipped with a variety of kayaks / canoes, including single and double kayaks, rescue kayaks, sea kayaks, multi-purpose kayaks and racing kayaks (K-1).
Kayak 1 Star Award Training (1 day course)
A course specially designed for beginners. It is intended to get you started on sheltered waters and introduce the basic paddling strokes, whistle signals, personal gear, the relevance of lifejacket / buoyancy aid, raft-up as well as capsize training. After successful completion of the course, you may proceed to the 2-Star Award Training.
Kayak 2 Star Award Training (1 day course)
After learning the basic techniques of paddling, you may proceed to acquire other skills in sheltered waters including the knowledge of lifejacket / buoyancy aid, paddles and canoes, weather effect, stern rudder, raft manoeuvre and HI rescue, etc. After successful completion of the course, you may proceed to the 3-Star Award Training.
Kayak 3 Star Award Training (1 day course)
The highest level of the Kayak Star Award Scheme. This is an intensive course that works on your existing skills and introduces the new techniques necessary for further advancement in proficiency and training of advanced levels. Training contents include safety awareness for canoeing, draw stroke, support stroke, individual clearance of water and HI rescue, etc. Holders of the Kayak 3 Star Award may hire a kayak / canoe for self-practice.
Elementary Kayak Clinic (1 day course)
A revision course that provides instructions for the holder of Kayak 3 Star Award or Kayak Elementary Certificate. Participants may take this chance to revise and consolidate their skills and prepare for further kayak training.
Kayak Rolling Clinic (1 day course)
Rolling is an important skill that enables you to right yourself and the kayak from a capsized position so as to avoid having to handle the craft in deep water awkward under tired or dangerous conditions after capsizing.
Learning to sail for the first time is great fun! Racing or cruising in foamy waves is even more fantastic! Situated at sheltered environment, Stanley Main Beach Centre provides ideal and safe sailing waters for all levels of proficiency.
Introduction to Sailing Training (Level 1) (2 day course)
Our standard teaching boats, “International Topper” and “Pico”, are the typical boats for beginners. Through the course, you will learn the basic boat handling techniques, essential background knowledge and safety code. This is a preparatory course for proceeding to the Basic Skills Training.
Sailing Basic Skills Training (Level 2) (4 day course)
You will learn the sailing techniques and manoeuvres as a helmsman and crew on a double-handed boat and the basic sailing theory and knowledge. The Basic Skills Certificate will be awarded to those who are competent and confident to sail a dinghy alone in light winds and can pass the examination, who may then hire specific crafts for practice and join training courses of higher level.
Windsurfing is a sport of fun and enjoyment. Once you can master the basic skills after successfully completing the basic training course, you will be able to do windsurfing on your own. You will enjoy the freedom when gliding on the surface of water and the romance of “flying” alongside with seagulls. It will also give you lots of excitement and challenge.
Basic Windsurfing Training (2 day course)
This course is specially designed to offer you a safe, uncomplicated and enjoyable start to the sport of windsurfing. Our fully-qualified instructors will guide you through the basic skills and theories, including launching, start and landing, sailing techniques and stance, manoeuvres, rigging, self-rescue techniques, sailing theories and safety codes. After passing the assessment, you may apply for the Basic Windsurfing Award or Competency Record and hire a windsurfing board for self-practice.
Basic Windsurfing Clinic (2 day course)
More practices are the second step for every novice windsurfer who wants to improve his / her skills. In this clinic, you will learn how to do tacking and gybing faster. It is also suitable for those who have left the sport for a long time and would like to refresh their skills.