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About us

Sea Kayak Australia (SKA) was established in 1994 in response to a growing demand by schools for challenging water based outdoor pursuits. SKA has expanded over the years and now caters for adult lessons and expeditions as well as schools groups. In 2002 Sea Kayak Australia came under new management. The Director (David Wood) has been paddling kayaks, sailing and surfing since he was 8 years of age and has a passion for all things water related. David gained a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation from VUT in 1989 and Master of Social Policy in 2000. Sea kayaking instructors, sea kayak assessor, rafting and outdoor education qualification have also been obtained. He has worked for local government organisations as a recreation and community planner, and as an outdoor educator for groups as diverse as “youth at risk”, people with psychiatric disabilities, older persons, adults and school groups.

Sea Kayak Australia has now successfully organised hundreds of sea kayaking expeditions around Australia.

Aims and philosophy


Why paddle with Sea Kayak Australia?
We love our work and hope we can share this enthusiasm with people who try sea kayaking. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the remote and beautiful areas of Australia and great exercise. Participate at your own pace by attending a lesson, sample a day trip, come on a guided overnight trip or just hire a kayak and explore a favourite area. You will find us friendly, professional and wanting to satisfy your particular kayaking needs. Our service provides a balance of safety, enjoyment and adventure. We use modern equipment that is well maintained and give you the choice between double or single sea kayaks suitable for novice to advanced paddlers.


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Melbourne City Sea Kayak Tour, Saturday 3 rd September, 1:00 pm, 8 vacancies

The Melbourne City Sea Kayak Tour is scheduled for Saturday 3 rd September, 1:00 pm, 8 vacancies. View the city up close, hear stories of the history of the port. Have a break and snack where Melbourne was first settled by Europeans. Refer to link for full description of tour Melbourne City

Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course 17th - 18th September 2016, 5 Vacancies

Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course for the 17th - 18th September 2016. There are 5 vacancies at the moment. Comprehensive course covering all basic kayaking skills, capsizing plus theory on tide, wind, waves and trip planning. Kayak and kayak gear supplied plus course notes. Includes complementary after course kayak hire for 1/2 day. Full Description of Course refer to link Introduction to Sea Kayaking

We are Open in Winter for Kayak Hire on the Yarra River at Abbotsford (Melbourne)

Kayak Hire is from Abbotsford - Yarra River (all year round). We supply a trolley and are located just 300m from the water. We are open every day in winter (except Wednesdays). Call before hand to make sure kayaks are available. Weather for 27 and 28th August is Sunny 16C and no rain, great for winter. Hire