Introduction to Sea Kayaking
$180 per person
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. 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.
DeparturePier Rd, St Kilda (300m west of St Kilda Pier)
Departure Time9:30 AM.
Return Time3:30 PM
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, old runners or thongs, hat, sun glasses and bottle of water.
IncludedDry bagKayakLife jacketNotesPaddlePersonal GuidePhotographsPumpSpray deckSpray JacketThermal
Not IncludedCamping GearCooking gearFoodLunchMapSnacksTransportation/CarUtensilsWater
- This kayak course starts near the base of St Kilda Pier.
- Staff then greet clients and the days format is discussed.
- There is an exchange of medical and indemnity forms.
- Life jackets are then correctly fitted.
- If it's cold then spray jackets and thermals are also issued.
- Clients are then select a kayak according to their height and weight.
- Rudders are adjusted for steering purposes.
- A safety talk is then conducted with capsize drill on the land.
- The group then get on the water.
- You will learn about kayak equipment, kayak design and what to wear.
- On the water you will earn about manoeuvring your kayak (forward, reverse, side ways, turning and steering)
- Learn how to prevent yourself from capsizing via support strokes.
- Short paddle to practise strokes learnt.
- Lunch and a discussion on tides, weather, navigation, group management, safety and trip planning.
- The break is 30 - 45 minutes long.
- In the afternoon you will do a revision of strokes from the morning's session.
- New strokes to learn include sculling, edging and stern rudder.
- A short afternoon paddle to put it all together.
- Practise towing.
- "Wet-exits" and recovery from a capsize.
- Practise rescuing others.