5 Day Expedition Sea Kayak Course January 27, 2021

This is a 5-day sea kayak course.

5 Day Sea Kayak Course


Our 5 day Sea Kayaking course will give you all the skills you need to take on multi-day expedition sea kayaking in exposed (open) coast waters. Delivered by New Zealand’s leading sea kayak instructors you will learn all the essential skills required to get out there and sea kayak independently. Based from Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula you will have access to some rugged and exposed coastlines as well as remote sea cliffs and bays.


This is a popular course for those who have a good foundation of sea kayaking experience and would like to extend their skills and confidence to take on more technical and exposed paddling.



Participants must be able to demonstrate competent self rescues in moving water, must have completed an introductory sea kayaking course that includes basic paddling skills including draw strokes, brace strokes and ferry gliding.

We recommend participants complete the online Coastguard VHF training course and assessment prior to this course, however, this is not a requirement to attend.


Course Location

This course can be delivered from Okains Bay, Banks Penninsula.

Day 1: Travel to Okains Bay set up at our base

Day 2: Day trip from Okains Bay

Day 3: Day trip from Okains Bay

Day 4: Day trip from Okains Bay

Day 5: Day trip from Okains Bay

Where possible we will be aiming to complete an overnight expedition, departing on day 4 and returning day 5. This will give participants the opportunity to put all of their skills to test while continuing their training along the way. However, this overnight expedition will only be possible if the weather is suitable and will be determined by the instructor during the course. 



Lots of people travel to attend our courses and we like to make it easy. Transport could be tricky to organise if your flying or coming from out of town. Talk to one of our friendly team about our pick-up/drop off service.


**Your accommodation is included in this course.**

Based from Okains Bay we are currently using the Okains Bay Musem Grand Stand accommodation. Bunks styled rooms, with a small kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, ovens. You’ll also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow.


1-2 nights may be spent in a tent pending weather and the ability of the group. This will be decided upon by the instructor and group during the course.



Food is not included in this course, but the instructor will have a vehicle that can drive everyone into Duvauchelles Pub or Akaroa for evening meals. We recommend you bring a couple of easy camp styled meals, in case we are able to go for a 1-2 night away expedition around the peninsula.




OENZ 4×4


If you’re staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses.


Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you have your own car and want a lift we can meet you at one of the following locations.

Princess Margaret Hospital Car park (8:25 am)

Governors Bay Hotel (8:45 am)

*Our preferred meeting location is Governors bay Hotel.

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OENZ 12 seat Van


We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 6 pm.



You don’t need your own kayaking equipment for this course. We have all the specialist gear & equipment available for you to borrow. If you have your own gear, we encourage you to bring it along as it’s better to train with the gear that you will be using in the mountains. A full gear list is available to download at the bottom of this page.

We recommend holding off on purchasing any new sea kayak gear until after the course.  Why not buy new stuff? So you can optimise on your instructors’ knowledge and recommendations. (If you already own gear then please let us know).


What’s included in this sea kayaking course?


Day 1: Surf launching and landing practical and theory

  • Launching in the surf, landing in the surf, surfing waves
  • Wind, waves and swell, Beaufort scale, rebounding and refracting waves, boomers, storm surges, beachology


Day 2: Advanced rescues and weather


  • Understand marine forecasts
  • interpreting weather, wind and tidal data

Advanced rescues

  • Long tows, contact tows, t rescues, re-entry and roll (have a go)
  • Stern Deck Carry
  • Sling/Stirrup rescue
  • Leadership and incident management

Planning and preparing for multiday sea kayaking trips


Day 3, 4 & 5: Expedition Style Kayaking

  • Paddling formations, managing transitions
  • Navigation: reading nautical charts and navigating with a compass
  • Water treatment
  • Garbage and organics
  • Toileting
  • Topology
  • Fire lighting
  • Recording, emergency distress signals, emergency shelters
  • Communication devices

We look to spend the 3 days paddling around the extensive and rugged coastline of Banks Penninsula. If the weather and conditions permit then the instructor will be aiming to take participants out on an overnight trip.


How many people will be on my course?


We believe that small groups are better for this type of training. So we have a maximum client to instructor ratio of just four clients to one instructor. If there are six clients you will have one guide and one assistant guide, eight clients means there will be two guides and you’ll operate in two smaller groups.



Does this sea kayaking course have minimum numbers?

sea kayaking with OENZ
Inside ships graveyard

Yes, the minimum number for the course to proceed at the advertised price is two clients. We won’t cancel your course if we don’t meet minimum numbers though, instead, we will offer you the following options:

a.) A shorter private course with 1-1 tuition – e.g. with one person we can cover the course content much faster, so far fewer days are needed.

b.) You will be offered to continue with the course as planned and cover the extra cost.

c.) We can transfer you to another date when the course is running again.

Note: In the unlikely event that the course length is shortened due to insufficient numbers. We will provide accommodation for you in Okains Bay for the full duration of your original booking. ie. any extra time following the course being shortened.



Course downloads


Gear List
Course Outline







“Fantastic team at OENZ. Excellent fun and learning with a great group of like-minded people. Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the skills will inevitably allow greater access to our beautiful country. Highly recommend.” – Rob James, Canterbury.



Field Based Course Highlights

  • See above for details
*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

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Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

  • 17 Feb 21
  • 10 Mar 21
  • 14 Apr 21

Course Timing

9:00AM to 4:00PM