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

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Product Description

All our course and training bookings are now on our new Fareharbour booking site - link here

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

Children aged 7-14 years must paddle a double sea kayak with an adult. Older children may be suited to a single kayak, depending on the conditions in the weekend. Contact us to discuss.
Children under 7 years old - we request that you contact is to book Private Tuition for your family adventure

View a You tube of the Sea Starter Course

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.

What does it include?

  • Opportunity to qualify for your Paddle Australia Basic Skills Award  (follow the link for more info)
  • Sea kayak and accessories, safety gear, paddling jacket and/or wetsuit (if necessary for weather).
    You will usually be in a single kayak but if two people are booking together and wish to be in a double let us know.


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 

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 Klopfer 37 Jetty Rd. Sandringham - right on the water Melbourne, VIC Australia Ph: 03 9597 0549 Mob: 0402 154 766 www.eastcoastkayaking.com
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  1. Awesome experience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2021

    My husband and I chose to do the Learn to Sea kayak two day course to prepare us for a Tasmanian Wilderness trip in December. We had very basic paddling skills and wanted to experience a double sea kayak and learn enough skills to give us more confidence on the water. The course far surpassed our expectations and we had an informative, challenging and just plain fun weekend. Rohan, Danny and Pete were all excellent instructors who showed infinite patience and their passion for the sport was infectious. The group lessons were a great team building exercise, and we enjoyed the camaraderie of people of all ages and all walks of life. The inclement weather and rougher paddling conditions were a challenge but taught us a lot about paddling in different conditions. Cannot recommend this course highly enough.

  2. Excellent first step to getting into sea kayaking! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2020

    Going into sea starter I had a reasonable amount of casual paddling experience, but would still consider myself a beginner. The weekend provided a great foundation for learning correct techniques, safety, weather and trip planning.

    It was a great balance of gaining practical knowledge and skills, being able to put them into practice, having one on one time with the instructors and just having some fun on the water.

    This is a great investment to anyone looking at getting into this sport. I would recommend it to anyone considering doing just that.

  3. Excellent 2 day Sea Kayak course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2019

    The 2 day Sea Kayak course is an important and excellent starter before engaging in this wonderful sport. A course with 2 excellent instructors meant that we had close and expert tuition. Learning how to be safe, balanced, knowing the best way to manoeuvre the boat was excellent. More importantly was learning about falling out and getting back into the craft safely. Thoroughly recommend this course.

  4. A Great Learning Experience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2019

    I am a novice to intermediate paddler and entered this course to improve my skills. The two day course is an intensive introduction to Sea Kayaking, and as well as being packed with valuable information and experience, it is enjoyable.

    Rohan sets high standards and challenges the participants. Nevertheless, his understanding of the group dynamics and his emphasis on safety at all times engenders confidence in his leadership.

    An extremely worthwhile experience from which I gained a lot of knowledge and self understanding.

  5. What a great day! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2019

    Last week I had a full day of individual tuition from Rohan. I am a novice paddler and it was fantastic. By the end of the day I had been challenged, guided, encouraged and, particularly, given a wealth of information to build my confidence. It has opened up a whole world of new experience.
    I look forward to practicing the techniques and increasing my skills so that I can come back for the next level.
    A very special and rewarding day. Thank you Rohan.

  6. Recommended! great course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th May 2019

    Much more than I was expecting. Really enjoyed learning about how to read charts and weather. There is so much more to kayaking than just getting in the water. I was a little nervous but by the end of the weekend I felt much more safe and confident out on the water. Lots of fun too. Definitely recommend doing this course. Thanks Rohan!

  7. Great intro course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2019

    Everything you need to know to get you out to the sea in two days packed with fun!

  8. A detailed and well led class 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2018

    My partner and I did the 2 day sea kayak fundamentals as absolute beginners. After the two days we felt much more confident. Our instructor, Peter, gave us detailed and tailored feedback. We learnt so much and progressed beyond the basic level of sea kayaking. We also had a really fun couple of days. Thanks Peter and thanks East coast Kayaking!

  9. Sea Starter Course: A great place to start learning to kayak.. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2018

    The Kayak Shop's two day Sea Starter course is a must for anyone planning to buy a kayak or going on a kayaking trip. The course covers a lot of information and it is not only limited to paddling strokes and types of kayaks. One essential component of the course, which was extremely helpful, was the information about weather conditions and the importance of this knowledge when setting off on your trip; whether it's a short paddle or a long day tour. The instructors were very helpful and patient with any issues arising and questions. They were always happy to assist when I wanted to revisit a paddle stroke and get extra help. There was a good amount of time to practise my newly learnt kayaking skills. I was particularly worried about self-rescues should something happen whilst kayaking on my own. I was able to achieve this skill which has given me more confidence. The Sea Starter course was fun but definitely not easy. I would highly recommend the Sea Starter course to anyone wishing to go kayaking and they have had little experience. Thanks Monique Hook

  10. Excellent 2 days! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Sep 2017

    Absolutely brilliant! Rohan and Pete's expansive experience is only outdone by their enthusiasm and willingness to share and impart their knowledge whilst making it practical and fun.

    Anyone even thinking about taking up kayaking should attend this course.. learn it properly, safely and having fun.

    Great course guys, greatly appreciated.

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