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Private Tuition - Learn to Kayak - 2 Hours

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New to kayaking or have special needs that require our special attention?

If you are looking for specialised or individually tailor programs outside our scheduled course dates we can accommodate you.

Specialised Tuition for:

  • Anyone that prefers a personalised / 'one-on-one' learning environment
  • Anyone who requires instruction who is not available for weekend courses
  • Sea Kayaking groups who need a basic introduction to paddling to increase confidence before a journey
  • Paddlers looking for training ahead of an event - marathon paddling (Massive Murray Paddle) or Adventure racing
  • Singles, couples and families who are booked in for sea kayaking holidays who would like to gain some experience (Antarctic cruises!)
  • Paddlers with special needs

We can deliver any skills that you require, from a basic introduction to sea kayaking to more complex skills.

Any of our Sandringham-based courses can be delivered by Private Tuition:

  • Kayak Fishing
  • Sea Starters (one day intensive course)
  • Learn to Surf Ski & Ocean Kayak
  • Beyond Basics - Advanced Strokes
  • Recreational Sea Kayaking (3 hr course)
  • Learn to Paddle Sit-on-Top Kayaks (2 hr course)

We can also provide:

  • Eskimo Rolling training
  • Efficient stroke techniques (sea kayaking and Surf skis)
  • Expedition preparation
  • Adventure race preparation
  • Tuition for family groups
  • Sea Kayak introductory experience in preparation for your Antarctic Cruise, Whitsunday holiday or any other destination
  • Preparation for extended sea kayak tours
  • Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme assessment and training (see our PA Qualification Scheme page  - Mentoring days, priced separately)


We can deliver any skills that you require with our one-on-one instruction (or one to 2 or 3), from a basic introduction to sea kayaking to more complex skills such as Kayak Rolling. Accelerate the learning process with our qualified and patient Instructors.

Contact us to discuss your needs and availability prior to booking on info@eastcoastkayaking.com or 03 9597 0549.

Our specialised tuition classes are run from The Kayak Shop - Training & Hire Centre at Sandringham. Training is also available from other venues upon request (POA). 

Course fees include the use of kayaks, pfd, paddle and all relevant safety equipment.


Session Length  1 person 2 persons 3 persons Suits: 
2 Hours  $250  $250
Instruction at any level from introductory sessions 
to advanced skills and kayak rolling 
3 Hours  $320  $320
Full Day Group
 $450pp for 1-3 persons

We can tailor our Learn to Sea Kayak - Sea Starter Course to fit
into a single day on a one-on-one basis.
Includes Paddle Australia Basic Skills Award

Full Day  $995  $900

When the water is cooler a wetsuit (for rescue or rolling practice) or fleece is advised - hire additional.

For larger groups please contact us to discuss your requirements and for a quote.

Small Group Full Day Programme: to accommodate demand you can choose to potentially share your full day session with one or two other people who want the same sort of training in the same craft (sea kayak / surf ski). This is a more economic choice if you are booking just for yourself. Once we commit to a date we will run the session (except for really bad weather or COVID restrictions), so you may in fact still have the session to yourself if there are no other bookings for that day.

Multi-session programs: if you would like ongoing training, book a 5 session program and receive a discount on your tuition plus complimentary kayak hire so you can practice your skills.  Contact us if you are interested in this option.

How to Book:

  1. Email us to discuss your needs and availability info@eastcoastkayaking.com . 
  2. Once you have a date confirmed, payment can be made through the options below, including discounts for multi-session bookings and 2-3 persons. Do not make payment until we have confirmed a date with you.
  3. We will send you an email confirming your booking.
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  1. Kayak practice in Brighton 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jun 2019

    Rohan was fantastic in breaking down the steps to improve paddling strokes and to roll a Kayak. Rohan is great in helping you to stay present and focus on keeping it simple.

  2. Great Teaching 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jan 2018

    I've had a couple of sessions with Rohan and I find them invaluable for getting great advice and correcting errors with strokes / technique / safety etc. In a short period of time you can save yourself weeks or months of mucking about yourself trying to figure things out.

  3. Every kayaker should do this ! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2016

    Something every new kayaker should do. Rohan exceeded my expectations in the one on one paddling techniques and Rolling course I had with him. I wish I had done this course 6 months ago and would be more advanced than I am now.

    We covered basic - advanced paddle skills, self rescues, and rolling techniques.Rohan offered great advice about my kayak and left me with lots of techniques to practice.

    Every Kayaker should do this in their first year. It should be mandatory when buying a kayak.

    A great way to develop and expand your kayaking skills

  4. Highly Recommended! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2016

    I initially booked for a skills review and to test out a new kayak for a couple of hours.

    Roh far exceeded my expectations in all all areas. Covering everything from reviewing and correcting self-rescue techniques with good solid advice to proper paddling form and stability.

    To anyone looking to perfect, expand, and improve sea kayaking skills I cannot recommend Roh enough - whether you're just starting or have been paddling for ages you're certain to get benefits and have a proper fun time into the bargain!

  5. Old dogs can learn new tricks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2015

    Rohan provided a comprehensive & tailored private lesson that covered all we needed to understand before our journey. We feel confident that we can easily manage anything the Antarctic can throw at us as we paddle

  6. Sea Starter mid-week intensive 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2014

    Last summer we tried canoeing and kayaking for the first time and loved it. We decided we wanted to learn more before we headed off on any adventures. East Coast Kayaking’s 2-day Sea Starter Course appealed but finding two days on the weekend is always a struggle because we want to spend that time with our children. So we decided to go down the private tuition path compressing the course into one day mid-week with a 1:2 ratio of instructor to participant.

    Any worries I had about one day being sufficient were quickly put aside. We covered so much in one day that my mind was whirring. Luckily, the course notes afterwards will make sure that we won't forget all those details. Rohan taught us about the clothing and gear needed, safety equipment, tides, winds, good places to sea kayak in Australia, how to read marine charts and where to find weather information in order to make an informed decision about where and when to go out on the water.

    We learnt about the kayak as a water vessel. We learnt to look at the water and its behaviour in a new way. In our kayaks, we learnt the technical terms and practised going forwards, backwards, sideways, turning and staying still - the latter can be challenging when the waves pick up! Most importantly we learnt how to fall out of the kayak safely and then get back into it whilst out in water too deep to stand in. I definitely need to practise self-rescue a lot more!

    The main benefit of the private tuition course, in my opinion, is that you are ‘on the go’ the entire time with instruction and practice matched to your own skills and speed of learning. We got to ask non-stop questions the whole day on things that were of specific interest to us. The discussion helped us start to think about what type of kayaking we want to do and what this means in terms of choosing a kayak and other gear.

    It really was a great day - fun and productive. We feel more confident about having a play in the water to practice our skills, and plan to take a Beyond Basics course soon.

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