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 


Course outline:

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
-Weather interpretation
-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.


Session 1: 

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!

Session 2: 

Capsize recovery, self and assisted rescues plus introducing the low brace stoke to help stay upright in adverse sea conditions.

Session 3:

Weather assessment, route planning, kayak surfing, assessing paddle technique and opportunity to use a single kayak for those that are keen.

Session 4:

Putting everything together for a massive paddle around the whole Kaikōura Peninsula, followed by a debrief of the last four weeks. 


Posted by Matt and Kim Foy on June 25, 2020

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