Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Expeditions for the last of 2009 n New Year 2010

Goa Kayaking Expeditions for the weekend and New Year 2010






Sky above and water below!



Total meditation – let your spirits soar on the water!


31-12-2009 - Old Goa Ferry Jetty to Panaji bridgehead from 9.30 am-1.0 pm; Cortalim bridgehead to San Jacinto Island from 9.0 - 11.30 am;

01-01-2010 – Nerul creek to Sinquerim jetty from 10.0 am. – 12.30 pm; Old Goa Ferry Jetty to Panaji bridgehead from 10.0 am-1.0 pm; Cortalim bridgehead to San Jacinto Island from 10.0 am. - 12.30 pm;

02-01-2010 - Sinquerim jetty upriver Nerul creek to from 08.0 am. – 10.30 am; San Jacinto Island to Cortalim bridgehead from 8.0 – 10.30 am;


03-01-2010 - Sinquerim jetty upriver Nerul creek to from 08.0 am. – 10.30 am; San Jacinto Island to Cortalim bridgehead from 8.0 – 10.30 am;


Call Goa Kayaking 9422056037 for details and bookings or mail to goakayaking@gmail.com













Monday, December 7, 2009

Goa Kayaking Expeditions for December

Goa Kayaking is pleased to announce, kayaking expeditions for the holiday season in December, for club members and others, subject to availability, on first come basis. Minimum numbers is 4 persons/kayaks and a maximum of 16 persons/kayaks per expedition to enjoy the sylvan surroundings, appreciate the flora and fauna, wonder at the bird life found on the water’s edge and marine life below. Multiple expeditions are planned on some days.

Goa Kayaking Itinerary of kayaking expeditions till December 31, 2009

11-12-2009 - Mandovi river Old Goa to Panaji Bridgehead from 8.30 am -12.0 pm;12-12-2009 - Hollant beach to Bogmalo beach from 9.00 am -11.30 am;13-12-2009 - Velsao beach to Bogmalo beach from 9.0 am – 12.0pm; Zuari river Cortalim Bridge to San Jacinto Island from 8.0 – 11.0 am; 14-12-2009 - Zuari river Cortalim Bridge to San Jacinto Island from 9.0 am to 12.0 pm; 18-12-2009 - San Jacinto Island to Cortalim Bridge from 8.0 – 11.0 am;

19-12-2009 - San Jacinto Island to Cortalim Bridge from 8.0 – 11.0 am; 20-12-2009 - San Jacinto Island to Cortalim Bridge from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; 21-12-2009 - Sinquerim Jetty upriver Nerul creek from 10.30 am. to 1.0 pm; Bogmalo to Hollant beach from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm; 22-12-2009 - Sinquerim Jetty upriver Nerul creek from 10.30 am. To 1.0 pm; Bogmalo to Hollant beach from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm; Panaji Bridge to Old Goa Jetty from 9.0 am – 12.30 pm; 23-12-2009 - Sinquerim Jetty upriver Nerul creek from 10.30 am. to 1.0 pm; Bogmalo to Hollant beach from 09.30 am – 12.00 pm; San Jacinto Island to Cortalim Bridge from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; 24-12-2009 - Sinquerim Jetty upriver Nerul creek from 11.0 am. to 1.30 pm; 25-12-2009 - Hollant beach to Bogmalo beach from 8.00 am -11.0 am; 26-12-2009 - Hollant beach to Bogmalo beach from 8.00 am -11.0 am; 27-12-2009 - Velsao beach to Bogmalo beach from 9.00 am -12.0 pm; 28-12-2009 - Old Goa Jetty to Panaji bridgehead from 8.30 am-12.0 pm; 29-12-2009 - Cortalim

Call 9422056037 for details or mail to goakayaking@gmail.com for more info of particular trip.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Daily Kayaking Expeditions

Goa Kayaking offers daily kayaking expeditions in all rivers, tributaries and backwaters, at different places all over Goa.

Typical expedition











The expeditions usually take off in the mornings between 8.0-9.0 am.











Guests/members paddle their own kayaks at a relaxed pace, enjoying a different perspective from the water, thro’ the mangroves, stopping at the numerous fishing










villages(above),beaches, inlets, coves, etc. for freshening up, exploring, and swimming. Expedition ends at about 12.30-1.0 pm. when we bid goodbye. We normally cover about 5-6 km. on an upriver paddle, with the tide. The down river float, on a receding tide, is usually faster and longer, 7-8 km. - but not very conducive to visiting the mangroves, as water would have receded from the mudbanks/flats.

Where we start/end
All guests find their own way to an announced starting point (putin) and our friendly personnel, will guide their cab/ pickup coach to the end (pull out) point.

What you will get
Every guest in an expedition will receive
Zip foil pack containing 4 different and filling snacks
Bag containing at least 5 pieces of fresh fruit
Bottle/tetrapack of soft drink/fruit juice
Bottle of mineral water
It is the opinion of numerous guests who have enjoyed our daily paddles, that the snacks, fruit and coolers on the trip is more than a lunch offered by others!

Daily expeditions, at different times, are offered, at different beaches and rivers, all over Goa, depending on the tide.

Coastal Kayak Beach Safari









The Coastal kayak beach safari starts from Bogmalo/Velsao beach(above), with a relaxed paddle along the coast, visiting and stopping at isolated beaches and fishing hamlets in little coves along the way, with the expedition ending either at Hollant bay or Velsao/Bogmalo beach, depending on the tide. See flying rainbow fish, parrot fish, sardines, wonder at the quaint but effective way, our local fishermen catch fish, handed down from generation to generation, by their ancestors!







These expeditions, usually start at 9.30 am. in the morning and finish by 12.30 – 1.0 pm. Optional seafood lunch n chilled beer/soft drinks! a good combination, don't you think! after the morning's exertion, generally preferred and welcomed by all!

For experienced kayakers, a bit more challenging and longer paddle from Candolim to Nerul is offered with varied sights and sightings, different waters, enough to satisfy the most avid kayaker.



A expedition in the calm Arabian sea, out to the island off Baina beach(Vasco da Gama), a bit of exploration and a leisurely kayak to landfall at Bogmalo beach, with an (optional)a la carte lunch of seafood and chilled beer! - like that? - just call us!

Coastal kayak safaris' can be arranged anywhere in Goa, for the convenience of our members/guests. However these are subject to weather conditions, suitable and safe kayaking conditions( no motorized water sports/speed boats/jetskis in the vicinity!) and availability of basic minimum infrastructure.

Optional, combination full day expeditions to visit and spend time on some of Goa’s most secluded beaches, do some wonderful sight seeing, see actual village life and marvel at the way our ancestors went thro their daily chores centuries ago, see Old Goa, are also offered.

GK also offers special and impromptu beach and riverbank bbqs’ under the swaying palms!

River Expeditions
Our experienced trip leader will guide the kayakers on the water, help them discover many hidden coves and fishing hamlets which are normally not accessible by road, lead them silently thro’ bird habitats(below)
where they literally stare eyeball to eyeball at exotic local and migratory birds in their winter nesting sites and playground on the mudflats.

Guests will also be led to discover some very special sights like the one below, which can be seen only from the waterline.









Equipment
Goa Kayaking provides all the equipment needed like top of the line single and tandem kayaks, paddles and life jackets. These modern kayaks are extremely stable and have a very high buoyancy of 150 kg. (solo) and 200 kg. for the tandems. It is our experience that it is next to impossible for any one to topple and fall out from our kayaks. We also make it a point before embarking and insist that every guest wears a life jacket(PFD) to make our expedition a safe and enjoyable outing.
What to wear/bring along
All guests/members are requested to wear board shorts/rash vests or alternatively any pair of shorts and light shirt /tshirt preferably long sleeves will do. Expect to get wet as the put in/pull out, is generally in knee deep water. Wear any footwear which you do not mind getting wet and are generally advised to carry a change of clothing, towels and a bottle of mineral water. A cap/floppy cap covering the neck, sunglasses and sunblock cream (SPF 35 and above) will help keep you cool and make the time spent on the water, a memorable one! A camera is a must to capture those magical moments on the water but please use carefully and safely and be responsible for the same.

INCLUSIONS
FF sit on top kayaks (Single & Tandem)
Trip leader and guide, accompanying
vehicle.
Life Jackets- 90 kg. rating
Snacks, fruits, coolers & Mineral water
while kayaking

EXCLUSIONS
Insurance –members/guests, please take your own insurance.
Tips
Beverages
Telephone
Expenses of a personal nature
Pickup and drop back
KAYAK SPECIFICATIONS
Kayak Type: FF (solo) and FF (tandem) sit on top kayaks
Hull Material: Plastic(PE)
Length: 2.90 & 3.90
Width: 78 cm./84 cm.
Weight: 20 kg.(solo) and 26 kg.(tandem)
Buoyancy: 150 kg. and 200 kg.
Hatch Type: Hard plastic, neoprene
Skeg: No
Rudder: No
Paddler Skill: Beginner to advanced.
Paddle: 2.10 m. standard

Prices
1.GK Zuari upriver river expedition:
2.GK Nerul up/down river expedition:
3.GK Old Goa-Panaji bridge head expedition:
4.GK Pomburpa - Salim Ali – Pomburpa:
5.GK Colvale river paddle:/person;
7.GK Chapora up river paddle river:
8.GK Bogmalo-Hollant/Velsao Coastal Beach Safari :
9.GK Baina -Island-Bogmalo open sea Kayak Expedition

Minimum nos./expedition 04 pax.

For more details, prices, flyers, etc.please call us on 9422056037
or mail us at
Address
GOA KAYAKING
No.6, Plot No. 721/A
Airport Road
Chicalim 403711
Goa 403711
India
(M) 9422056037
+91-832-2541715

Thursday, November 19, 2009

GK Expedition No.6 & No.7/7B

Goa Kayaking expedition No.6 and 7

Expedition No.6
The expedition No.6, is planned in the Zuari river on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from San Jacinto Island, Sancoale to Cortalim bridge head.

We plan to leave from San Jacinto at 09.15 am. in the morning and reach Cortalim bridgehead near the ferry point by 12.0 pm.

Stops along the way are planned to explore the mangroves, visit small isolated river islands and exploration of a few inlets where only kayaks can enter.

GK Expedition No.7
Goa Kayaking's Nerul River Expedition No.7 from near the Sinquerim jetty next to the famous Coco Beach on Sunday november 22, 2009. An unforgettable paddle up river on an incoming tide. We visit places in the mangroves along the left bank which have huge colonies of nesting birds, literally stare at birds on the low lying mudbanks! The 5 km. float starts at 10.00 am. ends for lunch at the riverside Restaurant Aah Goa for a sumptous bbq buffet lunch(optional).
(Expedition 7B)
Return float with the tide from Aah Goa Nerul to Sinquerim jetty starts at 2.30 and ends at 5.0 pm.
Kayaking is a safe and eco friendly activity the facility is open to both the GK members and general public/tourists alike.

Expeditions are planned for every Sunday and holiday in different places and different waters around Goa and Karwar. Customized expeditions can also be arranged on weekdays as required.
Limited kayaks - so call early. Mobile: 9422056037 Phone:0832-2541715 or go to http://www.goakayaking.blogspot.com/
mail goakayaking@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nerul River Expedition No.4


Goa Kayaking's Nerul River Expedition No.4 took off from near the Sinquerim jetty next to the famous Coco Beach on Sunday november 08, 2009. Excellent weather wonderful flat waters and the serene surroundings made for an unforgettable paddle up river on an incoming tide. We visited places in the mangroves along the left bank which had huge colonies of nesting birds, literally stared at birds on the low lying mudbanks who probably saw a boat for the first time in and about their habitat! Saw some wonderful sights from the water and most of all enjoyed the serenity and tranquil nature of the trip with only the swish swish of the paddle as we gently floated along. Mitaxi Mehta with her 7 year old in a kayak was the sole woman on this trip.The 5 km. float drew an enthusiastic response and ended for lunch at the riverside Restaurant Aah Goa for a sumptous bbq buffet lunch.

Kayaking is a safe and eco freindly activity and GK hopes to extrend the facility to both the GK members and general public/tourists alike.

The next expedition is planned in the Zuari river on Sunday, November 15, 2009 from San Jacinto Island, Sancoale to Cortalim bridge head. Expeditions are planned for every Sunday and holiday in different places and different waters around Goa and Karwar. customized expeditions can also be arranged on weekdays as required.

GK Expedition NO.5

Goa Kayaking expedition No.5

The next expedition is planned in the Zuari river on Sunday, November 15, 2009 from San Jacinto Island, Sancoale to Cortalim bridge head.

We plan to leave from San Jacinto at 7-7.15 am. in the morning and reach Cortalim bridgehead near the ferry point by 9.30-10 am.

We will also have a return float back to San Jacinto from Cortalim from 10 am. -12.30 am. provided we get the minimum numbers.

The costs are as follows:
GK members with own kayaks Rs. 600.00
GK members using GK kayaks Rs.1350.00
Others with own kayaks Rs. 1100.00
GK trainees using GK kayaks Rs. 2000.00
Others using GK kayaks Rs.2700.00

Expeditions are planned for every Sunday and holiday in different places and different waters around Goa and Karwar. customized expeditions can also be arranged on weekdays as required.
Limited kayaks - so call early.

Monday, November 2, 2009

GK expeditions for the weekend!


GK expedition from Bogmalo beach to Hollant/Velsao on 7-11-2009 for members. Starts at 8.30 am. Bogmalo and ends when ur arms n shoulders r tired! Open to the first 5 with our kayaks! Rest have to do the return trip from Hollant to Bogmalo. Call for details.

GK members with own kayaks Rs.400.00

GK members using GK kayaks Rs.850.00

GK trainees with own kayaks Rs.750.00

GK trainees using GK kayaks Rs.1400.00

GK expedition up Nerul river on 8-11-2009 for members. Starts at 9.30 am. 5 km. float upriver with d tide! Enjoy the local sights and activity going on.Open to the first 5 with our kayaks! or if Rohit makes further arrangements! Ends at Aah Goa. We provide fruit snacks and bottled watter. Sumptous bbq buffet at the river bank restaurant at fab discounts for GK kayakers. Call for details.

GK members with own kayaks Rs.600.00

GK members using GK kayaks Rs.1200.00

Others with own kayaks Rs.1100.00

Others using GK kayaks Rs.2000.00

Monday, October 26, 2009

Panaji Kayakers - October 09



Alexander Sequeira
Nishitha Zachariah
Tarini Singh
Gaurav Jaswal
Rohit Kulkarni
Vikram Fernandes
Peter Dias
Kumar Chiplunkar
Nishika Agarwal
VibhuBopanna
Vidhatri Bopanna



Philippe explaining how to lift/carry a kayak

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 4 - Hollant bay

Jus' like the previous days still glassy waters minus the meavy mist and dew.
Huge shoals of fish in the waters(me guess is they're sardines) 600 meters out shimmering in the water.
Our trainees went tracking thro the rocks today. Did they enjoy that! Should have seen the smile on doctor's (Manju)face! She sure takes to the water.
Sadly missed out watching the tv coverage on GOA 365 yesterday? Did any of you watch it?
Had a wonderful time on shore with Raghu's pet lab, MANU. Boy! ain't he cute!
(the sun was sure up as can u see reflected off my fast balding head!)








Batches only for tomorrow are as follows:
B-1: Swapan, Dr. Manju, Dr. Satish, Sonia
B-2: Vrushal, Warren, Jordan
B-3: Bharat, Mangesh, Raghu, Mitaxi

Saturday, sadly our last day at Hollant will be an open day. We hope all of you will try and be there for the full 3 hrs. 7-10 am. Relaxed pace. Let's discuss how we can go forward from here. Any and all of your suggestions will help make things better! A different point of view is always welcome and maybe we could improve on our offerings.
Each one please carry some snacks/fruits to share with d others.




Anyone interested in buying kayaks? Maybe we could all place an order together n work things out. Kayaks r d need of the hour!





Swapan, Philippe, Anton and Warren jus after landfall at 10 am. 2day!




Philippe n Swapan clowning for the GK camera! candid shot? what!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 2 & 3

Barring a few aches and pains(normal), all our kayakers turned up for their second and third sessions.
Day 2 saw them going out almost 500 metres on still glassy waters a lot of new paddling strokes and techniques from our patient trainer Philippe.
!



Here you see Swapan, Vrushal, Mangesh, Raghu and Bharat posing for the Goa Kayaking's camera after a
long K(h)ike on the waters



A tired but happy Sonia


My my! Jordan wave riding without a jacket. no good!


Swapan riding - floating in

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hollant program - Batches

All participants are requested to report at the following times.
The real serious solo practice starts now.
Batch 1 (07 - 08 am.)
Dr. Manju Khandeparkar, Dr. Satishchandra Khandeparkar, Ms. Mitaxi Mehta, Ms. Sonia Teles. Vrushal Dubhashi(o)

Batch 2 (8 – 9 am.)
Bharat Deshpande, Mangesh Bedekar, Raghunath Ratabole, Swapan Purkait, Warren D’Costa(o)

Batch 3 (9 – 10 am.)
Jordan Carvalho, Vrushal Dubhashi, Warren D’Costa, Ryan Rebelo, Ketan Alfonso (o)

Day 1 - Hollant bay

Our 3rd introduction to kayaking and practice program was off to a rousing start yesterday morning at 7 am. atHollant bay.

A heavy mist hanging over the still waters and a slight chill in the air only spurred the enthusiastic kayakers, both young and old, who are taking part in the program.

Our trainer philippe, first explained and demonstrated the basics of kayaking and the different strokes on the beach and later each participant was given several opportunities to try their hand at the sport.
Six basic kayaking paddling strokes were demonstrated and explained. Trainees were all made to topple the kayak in shallow water and then taught to right an upturned kayak and board the same. So confident were they, that within an hours, every one had mastered the art of dunking, righting and reboarding the kayak in deep water 100 metres out on the sea!

As a finale to the first day, all participants were taken 400/600 meters out on the sea to give them their first feel of freedom on the water.
Me thinks that they're enjoying it already!
Let's hope our GK rockstar Raghu brings his lab tomorrow. The BITS guys+Ms. seem to be enjoying themselves evey bit!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lists for entries kept at collection centres

List for collection of entries and fees for Goa Kayaking's 3rd introduction to kayaking and training program are now open in Panaji at

Angleys Sports, Panaji
Champs Sports, Panaji
Nobert's Fitness Studio, Miramar Dona Paula Road
Hotel Cidade de Goa

All waiver forms will be filled in at the beach on the first day of the program. Parents of those below 18, please accompany the child on the first day, to counter sign the forms.
See you all on the 26th!

This program is being sponsored by Hotel Cidade de Goa and is being conducted in association with DRISHTI and Surf Life Saving Goa who will provide complete peace of mind! and safety services,for both parents and participants!
Thanks Cidade!
Thanks Drishti!

Vasco kayakers so far......for the 3rd program October 19-24, 2009

1. Vrushal Dubashi
2. Dr. Manju Khandeparkar
3. Dr. Satishchandra Khandeparkar
4. Warren D'Costa
5. Jordan Carvalho
6. Bharat Deshpande
7. Mangesh Bedekar
8. Sonia Teles
9. Ms. Mitaxi Mehta
10. Raghunath Ratabole
11. Swapan Purkait
12. Ketan Alfonso

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

3rd Introduction to Kayaking and Practice Program

Goa Kayaking

presents
3rd Introduction to Kayaking and Practice Program 2009



Sponsored by Hotel Cidade de Goa

For Adults and Children(above 10 years) Basic ability to swim, essential
in association with
DRISHTI SURF LIFE SAVING GOA CIDADE DE GOA








OCTOBER 26-31, 2009

Daily 7.0 – 10.0 am.
at
Vaingunim Beach, Dona Paula

and
October 19 -24, 2009 daily 7.0 - 10.0 am.

Hollant Beach, Vasco da Gama



Module-1 - Training

Introduction to kayaking, basic paddle strokes, getting in and out, navigating, tracking, turning, etc.

Module-2 - Practice

Six sessions spread over 6 days with solo kayaking for every trainee

FEES
Rs.3000/- 6 days i/c training module & practice sessions with solo kayaking for every trainee.
(Includes kayaks, life jackets, paddles, training and practice module)

ENROL BEFORE
OCTOBER 18, 2009 (Vasco), OCTOBER 25, 2009(PANAJI)
at

Panaji
Hotel Cidade de Goa(2454545), Angleys (2223119), Champs, Panaji,(Phone:6647258) and Champs, Margao(6572899) and Nobert's Fitness Studio(2462182)

Vasco

VTTA, Mehta Hall, Vasco. Phone: 9422056037, between 7 -8 pm. Monday to Saturday.

FOR DETAILS, CONTACT
GOA KAYAKING
goakayaking@gmail.com http://www.goakayaking.blogspot.com/
PHONE: 9422056037/2541715

Kayaking for fun and health!!


The Monsoons are almost over! - GK Beach Safari n Barbeque

Hiya everyone!

The monsoons are almost over and we start a new season of sunshine, exploring and enjoying the beautiful waters of our countryside and coast.
Goa Kayaking has an action packed weekend schedule for its members and friends for all the months, right up to May 2010!

From this season, we will be introducing the joys of tandem kayaking which gives us an opportunity to explore the waters with our loved ones, children, wives, friends, family, etc. We have decided that from this season onwards, all kayaks and related equipment, etc. will be supplied by GK to participating members.

The first event of the GK calendar is as follows:
Sunday, October 11, 2009
South Goa Beach Safari/Barbeque
8.0-8.30 am- Join us at Joet’s, Bogmalo Beach and relax with tea or coffee

8.45 am. Off kayaking from the beach put in point. Paddle into the many inlets and coves accompanied by 2 trained lifeguards in a RIB/safety boat/jet ski/motorized canoe.




10.15 am. - Beach kayaks on Santrem/Hollant beach for light snacks, fruit and water
10.45 am.– Back to kayaking along the coast, watch the locals, going about their daily chores unaware, as you silently float by.



12.15 pm- Land fall at Velsao/Cansaulim beach
12.30 pm.- Impromptu Beach barbeque lunch under some shady palm trees.
Typical menu is : bbq chicken legs/thighs glazed in oyster sauce, grilled skewered tikka prawns, grilled vegetable+ fruit n paneer skewers, grilled king fish fillets with tartar sauce, prepacked mixed fried rice. Seasonal tropical cut fruit (bananas, guavas, chikoos, papayas, watermelon, mash melon, Two pints of kingfisher beer/soft drinks for each. Bottled mineral water
(Please note that toilet/washrooms, may not be available and participants will have to make do in the open)
1.45 pm.
Relax, explore the beach, swim, sunbathe, siesta time.
4..30 pm- Light snacks and coolers
Board coach for drop back to Joet’s, Bogmalo starting point
Good bye – end of trip
Rs.2000/-

All fees for beach beds, additional snacks, beverages, etc. to be paid by guests
as per their requirements

Minimum nos. 16 pax