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Private Tuition - Learn to Kayak - Full Day

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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 [email protected] 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.
When purchasing for groups of 2 or 3, select your group size from the drop-down menu and leave Quantity as 1 (ie. one session).
The total price is for that number of persons - to calculate per person cost divide by number of persons - eg. $900 for 2 persons would be $450 each.


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 group 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) 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 [email protected] . 
  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. excellent program 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th May 2021

    Really enjoyed this full day - learn to sea kayak program/course. I learnt heaps and felt like I got alit out of this course. Feel a lot more confident about getting out on the water in my sea kayak now. Would highly recommend.

  2. Highly recommended if seriously interested in sea kayaking 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th May 2021

    This one day course is a concise version of the 2-day Sea Starter group course but having one on one teaching really worked for me.
    From the very start learning how to use charts, read conditions and useful online weather resources, through to paddling techniques, how to handle your kayak and managing issues was superb.

    Rohan is an excellent teacher. Clear and concise instruction and he makes you really think about everything. You not only learn and practice the concepts but also understand why. Put the time into it and you will come away with a better understanding.
    Feedback and interaction through the whole day is first rate.

    In a nutshell, the course is practical, educational and gives you the tools to practice concepts as you progress beyond the day's session. Plus, it's a lot of fun.

    Thanks Rohan.

  3. An excellent introduction to sea kayaking 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2019

    As a novice I really appreciated the care and attention to tailor the day to my needs. Practical and patient instruction to build up my competence and confidence. Thanks Rohan.

  4. basic skills essential for anyone who thinks kayaking is easy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2018

    I had been kayaking alone for years but knew I lacked essential training & skills. My Learn to Kayak training with Rohan Klopfer made me realise how little I know but should know. Rohan is a great teacher and this training is essential to be a proficient and safer kayaker.

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