4 Day Sea kayak Course December 4, 2021
This is a 4-day sea kayak course.
4 DAY SEA KAYAK COURSE OVERVIEW
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 providing a consolidation day. You will gain the skills and confidence to explore rocky shorelines, and sea caves as well as paddling in moving water.
This is a popular course for those who have limited sea kayaking experience and would like to get some professional guidance, or no experience and would just like to give it a go.
The course is based out of Lyttelton Harbour.
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: Lyttelton harbour based, location determined by weather and group – possible camp out on Quail Island.
Day 4: Lyttelton harbour based, location determined by weather and group
If the weather is windy we may use Lake Rua as a backup option
Accommodation is included in the course, we have 3 nights available to spend in cabin accommodation, but if the weather is good we will spend the 3rd/last night camping at Quail Island.
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
- Paddle techniques
- Power and touring 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
Day three: Advanced Paddle Strokes and Boat Control
- 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 fitting to weather, sea state and group ability.