Adventure is what sea kayaking is all about. Leaving a busy beach in the centre of town and within minutes, it is you, your mates and the ocean. A deserted beach for a picnic, a fish for dinner or a remote campsite for a night watching the stars and listening to morepork. This is THE course to do if you are new to kayaking and want to start gaining confidence within your boat, or are a paddler who wants to brush up on your skills.
What you’ll learn:
Our comprehensive Sea Kayaking Skills Course gives you the foundation skills to handle a sea kayak competently.
It includes instruction and practice in;
- Assist others to re-enter their kayak
- Paddle strokes including; power, sweep, draw, rudders and support
- How to set up your kayak, what you need, and how to use it
- Beach launching and landing
- Kayak support strokes
- Steering with your paddle and rudder
- Edging or railing your kayak to gain better control
- Navigation and weather skills
- Risk management
- Clothing and equipment
- Transporting kayaks
- Simple tow systems
At the end of the course, you will have a deep understanding of what it means to be a great sea kayaker and loads of ideas to practice on your next adventure.
This adventure includes lunch on both days and all equipment. Participants provide their own transport.
Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm (meeting place confirmed by phone and email the week before to allow for weather conditions)
Sunday: Timings will be agreed with the group on Saturday afternoon and will be affected by weather and tides. Often the best paddling is in the early morning, so please keep your day free from early morning until late afternoon. We will have a group discussion about the weather and options on Saturday afternoon then devise a plan for a stunning Sunday paddle to get the best out of the day, that suits all.
Our team takes pride in providing an absolutely fantastic weekend for you.
Join the Yakity Yak Kayak Club Trust to join in on amazing adventures.
This course is an approved course to cover the requirements to join the Yakity Yak Kayak Club and with the club, you can join in on kayaking adventures all over New Zealand with other like-minded people.
Sign up now to secure your place on an adventure of a lifetime.
If you are a Yakity Yak member when enrolling on this course you get a gift voucher to the value of $40 to help you on your way to set yourself up for more kayaking adventures (gift voucher cannot be used for course fees).
Check out the club at yakityyak.co.nz
Please ask us about child and couple/family/group pricing.
Canoe & Kayak, sponsors of the Yakity Yak Kayak Club.
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