4 Day Sea Kayak January 23, 2021

This is a 4-day sea kayak course.

4 Day Sea Kayak Course

This four-day sea kayaking course includes the two-day introductory course and two days extending those skills. The focus is on excellent boat control and advanced paddle strokes as well as introducing rolling techniques. You will gain the skills and confidence to explore rocky shorelines, and sea caves as well as paddling in a current.


This is a popular course for those who have limited sea kayaking experience and would like to get some professional guidance. This course is appropriate for people that have little or no experience and would just like to give it a go.



This course can be delivered from Lyttelton Harbour, Sumner beach &/or Monks Bay, with the rolling component of the course pool based.  We have the flexibility in the course to change locations to get the best conditions available on the day.

Day 1: Will meet at Charteris Bay Lyttleton Harbour at 9:00 am

Day 2: Lyttelton harbour based

Day 3: Christchurch beach areas TBC on weather and tides

Day 4: Pool based for rolling (half-day), classroom-based for the afternoon.



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.



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.



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.

OENZ Van for mountaineering courses
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.




Day 1: Skills, Equipment & Rescues

Kayaking Skills

  • 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


Day Three: Advanced Paddle Strokes and Boat Control

Kayaking Skills

  • Paddle techniques/skills: Stern rudder, draw strokes, low brace turns
  • Paddling in current: Ferry Gliding, entering and exiting eddies
  • Control/Maneuvering: Railing, edging, paddling around rocks


  • Self-rescue in moving water

Consolidation paddle in PM

Day Four: Introduction to rolling and Marine VHF theory training (optional Assessment)

  • Pool session introducing rolling in a sea kayak (half day)
  • VHF marine radio theory
  • Introducing marine forecasts




Course outline
Packing list



Field Based Course Highlights

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

Course booking form

Participant Details

Participant details

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

You can choose to complete your booking using Credit/Debit Card (via Paypal - PayPal account is not required), or by using your Paypal account. If you would like to make payment by Internet Banking or request an invoice please contact us in advance.


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+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

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Course Timing

9:00AM to 4:00PM