Trulle offers basic and intermediate sea kayaking courses with instructors certified through the Norwegian Paddling Foundation. Our courses are priced with students in mind. Courses are mainly run in the spring and fall.
YOU must be a member of tsi, firstly, and trulle, secondly, to participate in a trulle course.
check out our membership page for more info and how to be a member of both groups
Basic Sea Kayaking Course
By far the most thorough course- this is a 16 hour course where you will learn safe paddling practices, self and buddy rescues, effective kayak maneuvering, and paddling strokes. This course is designed for beginners to develop the skill set and knowledge to begin sea kayaking in calm waters. Trulle holds course sizes small (4 participants per instructor) to insure safety and individually catered feedback for each paddler. This makes courses a very good way to quickly advance your comfort zone in the kayak and means that they fill up quickly! Courses are held from the Trulle boathouse and most often run over a weekend or several weekday evenings. Courses are advertised on our facebook page and spots are reserved upon purchase in our online store.
You will receive a "våttkort" upon course completion. This is your Norwegian paddling passport and allows you to rent gear and join clubs all around Norway (including Trulle).
The cost is:
1800,- for students (Bachelor & Master)
2200,- for non-students
This price includes kayak and drysuit rental and all kayaking accessories necessary for the course.
This course or an equivalent demonstration of your sea kayaking skills is required if you would like your own key to the boathouse.
Here is more information about what is covered on the basic course (grunn kurs) level: visit the Norwegian Paddling Foundation website
Sea kayaking Technique Course
This is the second level of sea kayaking in the Norwegian Paddling foundation course ladder. In this 16 hour course you will expand your grasp on basic and intermediate techniques, be introduced to padling in rougher, more exposed water, and touch on towing techniques. Naturally, different rescuing techniques are also drilled. While not required, we do recommend that you have taken the basic course before embarking on the technique course. The technique course are normally held out at Sommarøya and overnighting out there in tents is part of the experience. Trulle holds course sizes small (4 participants per instructor) to insure safety and individually catered feedback for each paddlers. This makes courses a very good way to quickly advance your comfort zone in the kayak and means that they fill up quickly!
Here is more information about what is covered on the technique course (teknikk kurs) level: visit the Norwegian Paddling Foundation website
Contact email@example.com if you have questions about the Technique course
Interested in being a Instructor? Get sponsored by Trulle! We can help pay for your Activity leader certification in exchange for teaching some courses for Trulle members. Please let us know if you are interested!
Additional Course holders in Tromsø
There are several other operators which run sea kayaking courses in / around Tromsø.
What you need to know if you are signed up for a basic course
(Weekend version, note different times for weekday)
If you have already registered for a course you will recieve an email from your course instructor a few days before your course starts to confirm the details.
These guidelines below are general for all basic courses.
Where : Courses will be held out of the Trulle boathouse on the island just South of the Airport. It is red and the most southern and biggest. Parking can be found across the road from Plantasjen (on the sea side) and then just walk south along the beach until you reach the last boathouse (Ca. 100 m) Kvaløyvegen 281 is pretty close to the correct address (see "ABOUT" page for map). The bus stop “Sjølund” is the closest to the boathouse.
When: On Saturday* we will meet at 0900 and finish no later than 1600, a similar schedule will follow on Sunday.
*These times and days apply for a general weekend course, not weekday courses. Please refer to your specific course for start times
What: Drysuits will be provided for each one of you. Let us know if you have your own drysuit. We will be doing alot of swimming (rescuing) both days and while the drysuits issued will keep you warm and happy, unfortunately they are not 100% dry. Bring extra clothes to change into and a warm jacket for lunch. The best thing to wear under the drysuit is wool underwear with thick wool socks. With the chilly water temperatures of the Arctic bring a wool hat too! We will be around the boathouse all day so please pack a hearty meal with snacks and water. We will not be paddling far the first day so packing things in drybags is not necessary.
How: The course costs 1800,- nok for students and 2200,- nok for non students (unfortunately PhDs too) including kayak, drysuit, safety gear, and your new våttkort! Membership is required for all participants and can be purchased in the website store (250,- for a semester, 400,- for a year). A key to the boathouse (100,-) can also be purchased online. Please do this before your course so we can issue a key as soon as you are done on Sunday. The membership and basic course with Trulle will give you unlimited free access to the 24 Trulle kayaks and the option for drysuit rental.
If you have any special requirements such as medical conditions ( ex. diabetes, Raynaud´s syndrom), previous injuries (ex. previously dislocated shoulders or concussions), or time constraints that may influence your experience please let your course instructor know prior to the course start.
Please contact the course instructor on your course if you have any questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org for administrative questions
For more information about what to expect from the basic course visit the Norwegian Paddling Foundation website