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Learn to Kayak

Our Courses

East Coast Kayaking offers a range of courses to introduce you to kayaking in a safe and supportive environment. Courses range from short introductions to get you out on the water safely, to full day courses and courses designed to extend your skills into another level and begin to explore our coastal waters.

We have courses designed to help you realise your kayaking dreams and ambitions:

  • Learn to handle a fishing kayak safely - learn to paddle, when to go out and what to wear
  • Prepare for the kayaking you have booked on your Antarctic cruise
  • Adventure race preparation - train for the paddle leg or learn paddling so you can support an ocean swimmer
  • Surf ski - training for fitness or recreation
  • Sea kayaking - can be a relaxing paddle or take it to the next level 
  • Expedition preparation - whether you are preparing for a paddle on the Lakes, a trip arond the Whitsundays, even that big trip (Bass Strait!)or an overseas adventure - we can help with training, gear and the experience of loacl knowledge

Courses take place over the weekend, but can also be undertaken by Private Tuition (1:1 or small group session) at a time to suit you. 

Sea Starter Course - learn the fundamentals of sea kayaking on our flagship 2 day course. If you are keen to kayak this course is for you - no prior kayaking experience necessary.

Learn to Surf Ski and Ocean Kayakdesigned to give you the fundamental skills necessary to start surf ski paddling and develop efficient stroke technique. Learn and improve your paddling skills on our fleet of Epic Surf Skis - V5, V7, V8, V8 Pro and V10 Sport.

Kayak Fishing Course - a half day learning how to handle a fishing kayak safely and manage all the gear you need to take out.

Introductory Courses - get a taste of paddling in these two courses: a 3 hour introduction to sea kayaking (the minimum to get ready for the kayaking on your Antarctic cruise!) and 2 hour introduction to paddling a sit on top kayak (available now by private tuition only). 

Beyond Basics - Following completion of the Sea Starter Course you can extend your skills with this series of courses - choose from a 3 hour course exploring more advanced strokes and self rescue techniques further (including introducing the eskimo roll), day journeys and 3 day expeditions. We also offer a once-a-year opportunity to paddle Across The Bay in a Day.

Show & Tell - these sessions are for any level of experience but may be of particular interest if you are planning an expedition or kayak camping trip. Sessions include navigation, tides and weather interpretation, packing your kayak, kayak camping and clothing.


Summary of our Courses. Solid line indicates pre-requisite (note Kayak Fishing is now a half day)