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.
Wow wow wow! We'd done whale watching the day before but this beat that hands down. Miles was great, just enough instruction and safety chat and getting us involved in prep. He mentioned that he'd seen spouting and splashing over the other side of the bay so we decided to head that way. Within minutes we were seeing loads of leaping...
Lesley H, UK
We did the trip with a 6 and 8 year old. Parents in the back of each kayak, kids in the front. This worked really well. Saw a huge number of dolphins & Seals. They were playing & doing crazy tricks. Had a lovely time, the staff were really friendly, helpful & enthusiastic. Great value for money and would highly recommend this...
Steve, Nelson NZ
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...
I would have to say this is up there with one of my best experiences in New Zealand! The kayak tour was incredible and I would really recommend this to anyone. The staff are great, friendly and funny which made the tour even more enjoyable. My team included Emma, Cam and Sophie. As I was on my own, I had the pleasure of sharing a kayak with...
Giorgio Favarulo, UK / Ireland
Third time with Kaikoura Kayaks! Have been in guided tours and hired a double kayak; all experiences were incredible. Great staff and equipment. Kaikoura is one of the most amazing places to kayak - so much wild life and you're surrounded by epic scenery.
Kiana Saltarelli, North America
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 NZ
The experience of a lifetime! Having intuitive and professional guides who allowed us the opportunity to experience an outstanding and very memorable day. They knew just where the incredible action was happening. We saw an amazing array of dolphins playing right near us and also saw blue penguins and seals. We travelled for two weeks around...
Paula Kirby, Wellinton NZ
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!!
We had a truly wonderful experience; my husband and I went as a stop on our honeymoon trip. Our guide, Ru, was knowledgeable and skillful, and checked in with us often to provide the experience that would help us feel challenged, excited, and also safe and comfortable. From start to finish the team was so thorough and made sure we had all of...
Laura James, USA