Sit-On-Top Skills – North Shore


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$249 per person for one day or $395 per person for two days –  Click here for course dates  |  09 479 1002


SKU: SK Sit-On-Top Skills - North Shore Category:


Whether you are a family adventuring around the local beach or a kayak fisherman chasing Moby Dick the situation is the same. You are at sea; that requires some good skills and not a small amount of knowledge to keep you safe while having the time of your life.
Our comprehensive one-day Sit-on-Top Course gives you the skills and knowledge to competently keep you, your family and mates safe, and your adventures will grow as a result.

What you’ll learn:

  • Self-rescues
  • 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

Sign up now to secure your place on an adventure of a lifetime.

Take the plunge with the Two Day Course and get a whole lot more paddling, coaching and knowledge throughout the weekend. Enjoy an awesome day exploring some amazing places while consolidating the skills taught on Saturday.

At the end of the course, you will have a deep understanding of what it means to be a great 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.

Course times:
Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm (meet at Canoe & Kayak North Shore)

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).

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Please ask us about child and couple/family/group pricing.

Phone (09) 479 1002

Canoe & Kayak, sponsors of the Yakity Yak Kayak Club.



Awesome course, very informative and a great bunch of people to spend a Saturday with learning.

We attended a very comprehensive and ‘value-for-money’ course on Saturday  – The SOT safety course. It was fun, and both instructors were very knowledgeable and safety conscious of our individual needs. I am not particularly confident in the water but after the course, I felt a lot more ‘at ease’ with my inability and now know what I need to work on. Needless-to-say they had a multitude of tips and techniques they shared with us about our kayaks and lots of different advice for the other group’s members. Cheers for the great day and the great scenery, too!!

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