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Learn to Sea Kayak - 2 Day Sea Starter Course - PA Basic Skills Certificate

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Product Description

The sea kayak is an amazing craft.

Our popular two day course is designed to give you the fundamental skills and necessary to start sea kayaking safely on protected waters. Our Instructor/Student ratio is 1:6, so you are assured of first class tuition and service.

The Sea Starter course is:

  • Held over two days: Saturday and Sunday
  • Sea Starter Courses are held monthly at our Training & Hire Centre at Sandringham

At the conclusion of the course you will be entitled to four hours* of FREE sea kayak hire. A great opportunity to hone and consolidate your new skills! Children, 14 and under are free, however they must paddle a double sea kayak with an adult.

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The Program

Day 1

  • Boat design
  • Choosing the right kayak
  • Efficient methods of turning and steering your kayak
  • Efficient forward paddling techniques
  • Stopping, reversing and making your kayak go sideways
  • Effects of tides and wind
  • Edging and leaning
  • Wet exits

Day 2

  • Review and revise
  • The low support stroke
  • C-C motion / hip flick
  • Principles of Eskimo rolling
  • Self rescues, assisted rescues
  • Towing methods involving two or more paddlers
  • Trip planning and trip ideas
  • Group management skills.

How much & what does it include?

  • $320 per person or $270 if using your own kayak (must meet a specified standard)
  • If you wish to undertake this course in one of our stable double sea kayaks the price is $490 for 2 people (over 14)**
  • Qualify for your Paddle Australia Basic Skills Award  (follow the link for more info)
  • Sea kayak and accessories, safety gear and paddling jacket
  • Extra equipment hire - wetsuit $15
  • Four hours complementary sea kayak hire (valid for six months & not available if doing the course in your own kayak)
  • Children, 14 and under are free tuition**, however they must paddle a double sea kayak with an adult.

6 Reasons to Enrol

  • Fun, fun, fun. Good skills means you can have more fun on the water.
  • Become a better paddler faster! Good instruction means you can gain skills in 2 days that would take a lot longer to gain on your own.
  • Increase your confidence with the ability to competently perform basic sea kayaking rescues.
  • Start with good habits and avoid having to get rid of bad habits later on.
  • Learning to paddle within a group is a supportive and fun environment in which to learn.
  • Some stuff is just too hard to learn from books- we believe in “learning by doing”.

Challenging, Exciting and Fun

Feedback from hundreds of clients who have participated on the course has helped us design a sequentially orientated program that meets the expectations of our clients and delivers positive outcomes.

Courses are often described as challenging, exciting and heaps of fun! Experienced paddlers are often the ones that gain the most from refining and revising their current skills. Most importantly, inexperienced paddlers will leave with a completely new skill set that will launch them into one of the fastest growing sports in the world - Sea kayaking.

Outcomes & Results

  • How to choose the right boat to purchase
  • Understanding sea kayak design and performance
  • Fundamental strokes and efficient technique
  • Paddling with and without rudders
  • Defensive paddling skills
  • Self and assisted rescues and recoveries
  • Effects of tide and wind
  • Basic navigation principles
  • Planning & preparation

*Complimentary hire must be completed in one session.
**To book 2 adults /Over 14's in a double select "For Two in a Double Kayak" and leave Quantity as "1" (ie. one kayak with 2 people)
For an adult with a child under 14 in a double leave that box unchecked (so you are paying for the adult only) but let us know by email or in the Comments box at checkout.

Product Videos

Learn how to Kayak with EastCoast Kayaking - Sea Starter courses in Melbourne, VIC Australia (03:14)
The sea kayak is an amazing craft. Our popular two day course is designed to give you the fundamental skills and necessary to start sea kayaking safely on protected waters. Our Instructor/Student ratio is 1:6, so you are assured of first class tuition and service.The Sea Starter course is: * Held over two days: Saturday and Sunday * Sea Starter Courses are held bi-monthly at our Training & Hire Centre at Sandringham * You can complete the course in consecutive days over one weekend or enjoy the flexibility of completing the course over a few months when time permits.Contact:Rohan Klopfer37 Jetty Rd. Sandringham - right on the waterMelbourne, VIC AustraliaPh: 03 9597 0549 Mob: 0402 154 766www.eastcoastkayaking.com
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  1. Brilliant course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2017

    I learnt a lot about sea kayaking in this course , And that made me more confident out at sea highly recommended, Rohan,Pete and John all very good teachers thanks


  2. Awesome, learnt heaps, had fun, came away inspired to do more 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Mar 2017

    We had done a bit of flat water paddling, but were apprehensive about going in the sea. The team were very supportive and took us through the basics first. A bit of revision, but necessary to cover skills and fix a few bad habits as well as gain confidence. Learning assisted and self rescue techniques that were reasonably easy and worked was great. Gave us a lot of confidence. They also covered safety (of course), trip planning, weather, chart reading and more.

    The second day was a trip out into the bay in conditions we would have never gone out in by ourselves. Nothing too horrendous, but it demonstrated what the kayaks, and us, could handle - even after only one day. Lots of fun.

    Do it if you are new to paddling, do it if you have some experience - just do it.

    The big recommendation is that we both came away wanting more and planning our next paddle and trips all over the place. Can't wait.

  3. Loved it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2017

    Wow. I was a 100% beginner, no previous experience and not planning any trips - just wanted to understand how it is possible to survive under the boat with legs inside and bum squeezed into the tight sit. It sounded a bit unrealistic so I wanted to experiment.
    I had two fantastic two days and learned a lot. More than I expected. Theory was excellent. Rohan & Pete mad me to feel safe on water (and under). On second day we had a chance to enjoy some waives with 15-20 knots wind. That was really an eye opening and something new. I will highly recommend this course to everyone.

  4. EXCELLENT! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2017

    Staff very approachable, have great teaching skills and are inspirational. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and it was everything it was advertised to be. Ill be back!

  5. Must do! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Nov 2016

    Before kayaking everyone should do this course. Pete, Ro and all staff were great, informative, helpful and patient.
    Good to meet the others in the course and enjoyed the fact that the course was very hands on ie on the water pretty quickly.
    Thanks thoroughly recommended.

  6. Awesome! Sea Starter Course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Nov 2016

    We travelled down from Gippsland lakes to attend the sea starter course and it was well worth the journey! The instructors were friendly and helpful and had no issues giving our son the initial, on land, one-to-one instruction he needed to settle him into the course. Additionally, I felt the mix of instruction vs practical application was spot on! Resulting in a well organised and resourced program that was enjoyed by both our fourteen year old and our more seasoned selves.
    The weather on our October course weekend presented us with strong offshore winds on the second day, however, the team had planned for the changed conditions and I really felt it did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the weekend. We had one very intense and fun filled day on the water, followed by a morning of instruction, inside the relaxed atmosphere of the cafe'.
    Thank you EastCoast Kayaking for a wonderful weekend adventure! We look forward to returning this weekend with both children in tow!

  7. Great confidence, safety and skills course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Apr 2016

    A mate and I enrolled for the April 16 - 17 2016 Sea Starter course for different reasons. My friend wanted to reacquaint himself with the finer skills of sea kayaking and I was a novice who whilst having done the earlier basic's course wanted to progress and acquire further knowledge and skills in kayaking. The two day course delivered on all counts with Rohan's ever enthusiastic commentary and sayings i.e "So team, what do think of this isn't it great ? etc etc and of course the classic East Coast Kayaking quote of, " its better to be hot and sticky than cold and emotional ! "

    The format of the 2 day course was excellent starting with detailed discussions on clothing, safety equip.,weather interpretations, kayaking skills, communications, health, what to look for in kayaks types etc. We then went out on the water for practical sessions on self rescues, assisted rescues and then paddling skills "in the lee" of the Sandringham yatch clubs harbour and then venturing out into the bay a short distance beyond the breakwater to feel the sea beneath you and how it moves you and your kayak and how to begin to understand and react well to it al,l to make it fun and safe.

    Day two was some more early morning theory on weather, currents etc and then into the kayaks for a paddle South out in the open bay with a good 10knot wind to Half Moon Bay and the Cerberus Beach House for a lunch and coffee. This was pretty thrilling I have to say, being at times over a kilometre out from the beach with the wind and the waves. Great learnings though. I was very satisfied when we reached the Beach House and the great care and instruction provided by Rohan and Peter our instructors.

    Clearly these guys are at the top of their game in terms of knowledge and experience which they impart to us novice kayakers so well. The trip back up to East Coast Kayaking HQ at Sandringham wasn't so easy as the trip down, but again Rohan and Peter were there to offer advice and get us all home safe. After getting the kayaks and us all back safely we had a session on detailed trip planning and the intricacies of tides, map reading including beginning to understand what the funny symbols on maps really mean ! We also were given insight into the great longer trips and expeditions that East Coast Kayaking hosts not just in Victoria - such as across the bay Wilsons Prom. trip but others in Australia such as the trip up to the Whitsundays which sounds fantastic but others to NZ and Canada.

    So thank you to East Coast Kayaking, Rohan and Peter and Raina in the office for your most capable tuition, your enthusiasm and your passion for all things Kayaking.

    If you are really interested in learning how to safely start off in this great recreational sport and then progress further, then East Coast Kayaking is the first people you should call.

    Mark Stella
    Sea Starter Course

  8. Excellent course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2016

    The sea starter course was great. The guys really gave 110% and were eager to help with future trip planning as well. I learned a lot, and now I'm much more confident of my capabilities.

  9. Three days worth of experience in three hours. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Nov 2015

    Coming into the advanced session almost six months after the basics my greatest fear was not being able to get back into the kayak after coming out ... either alone or with help. I came away having largely taken a bit bite out of that fear (will keep practicing) and gained an altogether new experience of more fluid paddling strokes and the power of third point (?) stability.
    I found Rohan's calm coaching style and ability to convey the experience behind techniques fantastically helpful for my learning.
    Also, holding steady in fairly large swells was both thrilling and confidence building.
    I consider ECK an essential resource and intend to take advantage of future trips.
    A big thanks Rohan!!!

  10. Loved it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2015

    Went in with some apprehension, just because I don't particularly like being upside down in a kayak but Pete & Rhohan were excellent, patient teachers, was a lot of fun and came away with the beginnings of some skills and a lot more knowledge I can expand on. Thanks

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