Sea Kayaking Skills Course 2020
To celebrate coming out of lockdown (Covid-19), we have offered a block Sea Kayaking Skills course to encourage more locals to brush up and improve their technique to become a confident able paddler in a variety of sea conditions.
Welcome to our new Sea Kayaking Skills Course
4 x sessions 23rd & 30th May and 6th & 13th June 2020
Saturday mornings from 8:30am - 11:30am all based around the Peninsula.
Designed to cover the skills required to become a confident paddler in a variety of sea conditions.
Become familiar with setting up your kayak and how to paddle effectively while enjoying Kaikōura’s wildlife and majestic views.
Topics covered below…….
-Clothing and equipment
-Beach launching and landing
-Kayak handling and how to paddle effectively
-Paddle strokes including power, sweep, draw, stern rudder and low brace.
-Edging or railing your kayak to gain better control
-Safety at sea
-Paddling in wind and swells
-How to rescue yourself or someone else in the event of a capsize.
-Simple tow systems
Develop your kayaking skills and enjoy a whole range of sea conditions and marine life around the Kaikōura Coastline.
The perfect course to cover skills needed in Adventure Racing, Multi Sport advents or recreational Sea Kayaking.
Trip planning, Paddle skills, clothing, weather forecasting, kayak anatomy, launching & landing, open sea paddling, rafting up and setting up your kayak to paddle all checked off!
Capsize recovery, self and assisted rescues plus introducing the low brace stoke to help stay upright in adverse sea conditions.
Weather assessment, route planning, kayak surfing, assessing paddle technique and opportunity to use a single kayak for those that are keen.
Putting everything together for a massive paddle around the whole Kaikōura Peninsula, followed by a debrief of the last four weeks.
AMAZING MORNING Ash (age 9 years):D We got lots of luck! We saw lots of seals and even saw a seal in the water and it came to meet us. We saw a blue penguin and some shags. We had fantastic guides Emma, Matt and Cohen. I had the best morning of my life and will never ever forget it! Definitely recommend it for everyone. 5/5
Ash, Taranaki New Zealand
Marine mammal megamix Spent a truly incredible morning around the Kaikoura Peninsula with Matt and Emma, two fantastic local guides. The whole operation was very professional, with high quality kayaks, equipment and a detailed safety briefing. Spent a good amount of time observing the seals, tried our hand at some kayak surfing in the big...
We are a family of five (14, 12 and 10 year old kids) and we went out last week with Emma as our guide. It was the perfect morning - we saw a seal right up close - he swam right next to our kayaks. Really comfortable kayaks and easy to use. Emma had lots of useful information and was very patient when we got used to using the double kayaks....
We booked on the seal kayaking tour and the day dawned magical and calm. Pretty much straight away we saw seals up on the rocks, so tick tick. We ventured out into the Pacific and were blown away to have a pod of Dusky dolphins cruising with us. They were gorgeous and kept on swimming near our kayaks. Then a seal took to the water and started...
A big thanks to Matt and Renee for fitting us in so we could give our kids an ultimate experience. From the time of booking communication and service was awesome. Such a professional team. Renee was very patient and excellent with the kids. Highly recommend this experience. Well worth the money. Thanks team from the Warrington family. May...
Jollene W, New Zealand
Great Trip - even the oldies loved it! Had a really great trip with Cowan out to the see the seals and the reef on a beautiful morning. I was a bit worried getting in a kayak with my mother (67) and father (70) but Cowan kept us going at a leisurely pace and even convinced us to have a go in the open ocean! What a great experience and...
John R, UK
"To Matt and the Kaikoura Kayaks team, Thank you very much for a fantastic day of kayaking. Both our trips were very well organised by your friendly team. We found your lessons enjoyable, helping us all to be confident, expert paddlers! We were so lucky to have a beautiful sunny day, and we enjoyed fantastic scenery and wildlife out...
Kowhai Class, Hurunui College
Amazing wildlife experience Had a great couple of hours on the water with Emma and Cohen. Amazing expeience of dolphins leaping out of the water close by and swimming all around our kayaks as well as getting close to a local seal colony. The dolphins almost seemed to be having as much fun as us. Heartily recommend this as a 'must...
Sunset magic 10/10 thanks to Emma and her crew. We had a magical day on the water and got to see feeding seals, dolphins and wildlife. Thanks so much would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a unforgettable experience in Kaikoura!!
Amazing Sea Kayaking Experience Emma was our guide for the half day seal kayaking experience. Though we had never been sea kayaking we felt safe with all the instruction and had a blast. We even saw some hector dolphins and a blue penguin. Emma’s knowledge was impeccable and enthusiasm was infectious as she led us in a chase of the...
Emaria, North Carolina