2 Day Sea Kayak February 13, 2021
This is a 2-day sea kayak course.
2 DAY SEA KAYAK COURSE OVERVIEW
An introductory sea kayaking course for people looking to explore local harbours, lakes and bays safely. Spend the weekend learning all there is to know about sea kayak equipment, paddling skills and self rescues on day 1, then refine the skills on a consolidation paddle on day 2.
**This is our most popular sea kayak training course. Prior experience is not necessary**
This course is delivered in Lyttelton Harbour, close to Christchurch. The course starts at Charteris Bay (30 mins from Christchurch) at 9:00 am. We access the water and utilise the picturesque and sheltered area of the harbour to practise our paddling techniques and rescues.
The exact location for the second day will be decided by the group and instructor at the end of Day 1 and will vary depending on local weather and tides.
The course finishes at 4 pm in Charteris Bay (approx 50mins from Christchurch airport).
There is no overnight accommodation for this course but local camping is nearby and we can offer transport to and from your accommodation before and after the course.
Gear & Equipment
All you will need for this course is your personal paddling clothing. We will supply all the sea kayak and the necessary equipment for you if you don’t have your own. You can find a packing list and course outline at the bottom of this page.
Food is not provided on this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunch that does not require cooking.
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.
TRAVELLING FROM OUT OF TOWN?
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.
WHEN IS THE NEXT COURSE?
Sea kayaking courses run from October to April, visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses can be created on alternative dates by request.
* This is the early bird booking price, standard rates available on the course calendar.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS SEA KAYAK COURSE
Day 1: Skills, Equipment & Rescues
- Paddle techniques
- Power and touring strokes
- Kayak control/manoeuvring
Sea Kayak Equipment
- Fitting out your boat
- Overview of sea kayak equipment
- Care and maintenance
- Transporting and storing kayaks/gear
- Paddle float rescues
- Scramble self-rescue
- Supporting a rescue
- Emergency communications and equipment
Day two: Consolidation Day
- Reinforce good technique in paddle strokes
- DED Reckoning
- Navigation – Basic Piloting
- Team/group rescues: X rescues
See what our clients have to say
“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