You may just have bought a kayak, want to know if kayaking is the “thing for you” or just want to fine tune and develop your existing technique and seamanship. You may have just signed up for an Arctic or Antarctica cruise that includes sea kayaking as one its activities. For first time paddlers and those who have never had any formal instruction. The aim of this course is to give you a good foundation in the knowledge and skills essential for safe and enjoyable paddling. Single kayak, paddling gear, course notes and 1 complementary Half Day Single Sea Kayak hire down the Yarra River, are all included in the cost.
Location: 300m west of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier Rd, St Kilda
Description: For first time paddlers and those who have never had any formal instruction. The aim of this class is to give you a good foundation in the knowledge and skills essential for safe and enjoyable paddling. Single kayak, paddle, PFD, spray deck, pump, spray jacket, thermals and course notes are all supplied and included in the cost. We will fit you to the most suitable single kayak in relation to your height and weight. You can also bring your own sea kayak for a reduced rate.
You will learn about: kayak equipment and what to wear, manoeuvring your kayak (forward, reverse, side ways, turning and steering) support strokes, sculling, edging, a short afternoons paddle, "wet-exits" and recovery from a capsize.
While paddling we will discuss tides, weather, navigation, group management, safety and trip planning.
DURATION: 1 day (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
INCLUSIONS: All kayak equipment (single kayak, pfd, paddle, pump, spay deck, spray jacket, thermals, course notes and 1/2 day single sea kayak hire on the Yarra River (worth $45 and to be taken up some time after the course) are all included in the cost.
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 spring. Call before hand to make sure kayaks are available and make a booking. Open every day in April and May 2018.
Kayak into the heart of Melbourne City, along the sheltered Yarra River. Get up and close to yachts, ferries and stationary ships while taking in views of South Bank and the City skyline. Historical commentary is provide along the way. View the sunset at dusk and see the spectacular "fire balls" at the Crown Casino. One the great experiences when in Melbourne for locals and visitors. Snacks and drinks included. VIDEO LINK