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Basic Skills Courses

Joining a kayak or canoe course is a great way to learn a new skill and meet new friends.

The following Courses are designed to get you started in kayaking or canoeing and are also considered prerequisites for more advanced courses such as whitewater, surf   and Sea programs.

Class sizes are kept small to maximise student learning.

Kayak School locations in Gold Coast Qld, Sydney NSW, Melbourne Victoria.

 For inquiries please email info@kayakschool.com.au with your location and what you wish to achieve or phone 0450832430

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Basic Skills - Sit on Top 3hr course

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Sit on top kayaks are great fun and have opened up kayaking to everyone. Make the most of every paddling experience by taking part in a sit on top course. Learn essential paddle stroke technique, capsize and recovery, as well as tips from the pros on seat set up, gear use, transport, storage and maintenance. 

You will learn, among other things, correct technique in the following:

  • Equipment set up
  • Communication on water
  • Entry and exit
  • Launch and Land
  • Posture and Balance
  • Forward stroke
  • Reverse Stroke
  • Stopping Stroke
  • Forward Sweep
  • Reverse Sweep
  • Combination Sweep
  • Side Draw Stroke
  • Bow Draw
  • Stern Draw
  • Rafting Up
  • Stern Rudder
  • Low brace
  • All strokes stationary and underway
  • Capsize and Recovery
  • Capsize and swim with kayak to shore
  • Deep Water Re-entry

Course duration: 3 hours

 

What to bring: Sun protection, suitable warm clothing and footwear to get wet and swim in, PFD, paddle, sit on top kayak, snack, water bottle.

Prerequisites: positive attitude to learning, comfortable swimmer

Cost: $120 per person

Bookings: Phone 0450832430

Basic Skills - sit in kayak 3hr course

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The starting point for all paddlers is the Basic Skills necessary to move your kayak easily and efficiently and learn how to quickly recover from a capsize.

 

You will learn, among other things, correct technique in the following:

  • Appropriate paddling attire
  • Correct safety and equipment selection
  • Correct flotation for craft
  • Lifting, carrying, transport
  • Craft setup and stowage
  • Donning Equipment
  • Communication on water
  • Entry and Exit of craft
  • Spraydeck use
  • Launch and land
  • Wet exit
  • Posture and Balance
  • Paddlers Box
  • Forward Stroke
  • Reverse Stroke
  • Stopping Stroke
  • Forward Sweep
  • Reverse Sweep
  • Combination Sweep
  • Side Draw Stroke
  • Bow Draw
  • Stern Draw
  • Rafting Up
  • Stern Rudder
  • Low Brace 
  • All strokes stationary and underway
  • Capsize and Recovery
  • Capsize and swim with kayak to shore, empty, re-enter.
  • Swimmer tow
  • Deep Water Re-entry
  • Single blade use, J-stroke, C-stroke
  • Shunting
  • Eskimo Recovery/ T-Rescue
  • HOG Rescue

Course duration: 3 hours

What to bring: Sun protection, suitable warm clothing and footwear to get wet and swim in, Spraydeck, PFD, paddle, kayak with adequate flotation, sponge, snack, water bottle

Prerequisites: positive attitude to learning, good swimmer with underwater confidence

Cost: $120 per person

Bookings: Phone 0450832430

Basic Skills - Open Canoe 3hr course

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The starting point for all paddlers is the Basic Skills necessary to move your canoe easily and efficiently and learn how to quickly recover from a capsize.

You will learn, among other things, correct technique in the following:

  • Equipment set up
  • Communication on water
  • Entry and exit
  • Launch and land
  • Posture and Balance
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Stroke Timing
  • Forward stroke
  • Reverse Stroke
  • Stopping Stroke
  • Forward Sweep
  • Reverse Sweep
  • Combination Sweep
  • Side Draw Stroke
  • Stern Rudder
  • All strokes stationary and underway
  • Capsize and Recovery
  • Capsize and swim with canoe to shore
  • Deep Water Re-entry

Course duration: 3 hours

 

What to bring: Sun protection, suitable warm clothing and footwear to get wet and swim in, PFD, paddle, canoe with adequate flotation. bailer, snack, water bottle.

Prerequisites: positive attitude to learning, good swimmer with underwater confidence.

Cost: $120 per person

Bookings: Phone 0450832430

Eskimo Rolling

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Learn the ultimate self rescue technique - the Eskimo Roll.

 

Participants should be confident in the water and be comfortable upside down in a kayak. 

The eskimo rolling course is a private lesson with a professional instructor.

Course duration: 1.5 hours

 

What to bring: Suitable warm clothing, PFD, paddle, spraydeck and craft. You might wish to bring a whitewater noseplug.

Prerequisites: Competent paddle skills, good swimmer with underwater confidence.

Cost: $150 per person

Bookings: Phone 0450832430