4 Day Sea kayak Course February 15, 2025

This is a 4-day sea kayaking course.

people in a double kayak on a kayaking course in Lyttleton Harbour
4-day Sea kayaking course



This four-day sea kayaking course includes the two-day introductory course and two days extending those skills. The focus of this course gaining confidence and control of your boat in a variety of conditions. You will also learn advanced paddle strokes and rescues.


This is a popular course for those with limited sea kayaking experience, who would like to get some professional guidance or no experience and would like to give it a go.



Youth Price $799** (14-15 years, accompanied by an adult)

Ask about our Family Friendly courses for ages less than 14 years.


Prerequisites skills


you will learn everything you need in this course. There are no prerequisite skills or experience required before attending this course.



Kayaking in Lyttleton Harbour
Kayaking in Lyttleton Harbour


The course is based out of Lyttelton Harbour (20mins from Christchurch City centre).

Day 1:

We meet at Charteris Bay, Lyttleton Harbour, at 9:00 am

Day 2:

Lyttelton harbour based, location determined by weather and group

Day 3: 

location determined by weather and group – possible camp out on Quail Island, Lyttleton Harbour.

Day 4:

Lyttelton harbour based, location determined by weather and group

Please note: If it is too windy to be on the harbour, we may use Lake Rua as a backup option.




Christchurch City

If you travel from out of town, we recommend staying in Lyttelton, Governors Bay, the south side, or Christchurch City Centre. If you don’t have transport in Christchurch, we will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation daily. If the weather is good, we will spend the 3rd/last night camping at Quail Island in Lyttleton Harbour.









Kayak with map and split paddle
Kayak with safety gear


All you will need for this course is your personal paddling clothing. We will supply the sea kayak and all the necessary equipment if you don’t have your own.  You can find a packing list as well as a course outline at the bottom of this page.





Food is not provided on this course. However, we recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunch that does not require cooking.




OENZ Sea kayak trailer


If you’re staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if you’re 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.

van used for sea kayaking courses in Christchurch



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.  We are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly at the airport at the end of the course.  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
  • instructor working with lady on a sea kayaking course
    Practising low brace paddle strokes

    Kayak control/manoeuvring

  • Low Brace

Sea Kayak Equipment

  • Fitting out your boat
  • Overview of sea kayak equipment
  • Care and maintenance
  • Transporting and storing kayaks/gear


Day two: Rescues

  • Paddle float rescues
  • Scramble self-rescue
  • Supporting a rescue
  • Emergency communications and equipment

    kayaking under a wharf on a Kayak course
    Kayaking control training


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


Day four: Consolidation Paddle 

The group will choose (with their instructor) a location to paddle to, fit to weather, sea state and group ability.



* This is the early bird booking price. Standard rates are available on the course calendar.

**Conditions apply for youth pricing structure. See FAQ’s page.


Sea Kayaking Course Downloads



Course Outline
Gear List








Field Based Course Highlights

*Minimum 3 people needed to run a course

Course booking form

Participant Details

Participant details

Please enter details for each participant you're booking for (even if they're the same as entered above).

Bookings are $1569 per participant

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Youth Participant details

Youth must be at least 14 (accompanied by an adult) years old to attend this course

Bookings are $799 per youth participant



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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.

Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

  • 06 Apr 24
  • 30 Nov 24

Course Timing

9:00am to 4:00pm