9 Day Sea Kayak Course January 23, 2021

This is a 9-day sea kayak training course.

Sea Kayak training courses with OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand
9-day sea kayak training course

9-day sea kayak training course

On this comprehensive 9-day course, you will learn everything from paddle strokes, boat control, surfing, rolling to expedition sea kayaking. This course combines our 4-day sea kayaking course and the 5-day expedition sea kayaking course.

Delivered by our highly skilled and local instructors, you will learn the essential skills required to get you out there for expedition sea kayaking or have the confidence to go out with friends and family for local adventures.


Prerequisites for 9-day sea kayak training course

*Prior experience is not necessary; this course covers everything you need to know all wrapped up in one package.



Devall Island Photo credit: Nathanael Sage

This course will be delivered from Lyttelton Harbour, Sumner beach & Okains Bay, Banks Penninsula.

Day 1: Charteris Bay, Lyttelton Harbour

Day 2: Lyttelton Harbour

Day 3: Christchurch beach areas TBC on weather and tides

Day 4: Christchurch or Living Springs Pool for rolling (half-day). Classroom-based for the afternoon.

Day 5: Travel to Okains Bay set up at our base, afternoon surf session

Day 6: Day trip from Okains Bay

Day 7: Day trip from Okains Bay

Day 8: Day trip from Okains Bay

T-rescue training

Day 9: Day trip from Okains Bay

Where possible we will be aiming to complete an overnight expedition, departing on day 8 and returning day 9. This will allow participants 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. 



Lyttleton Harbour. Photo Credit: John Kirk Anderson

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 from Day 5 in this course.**

Nights 1-4 are Christchurch based, and the accommodation is not included for these nights.

When we relocate to our base at Okains Bay, we will have included accommodation at the Okains Bay Musem Grand Stand. This has bunk 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-style meals in-case we can go for a 1-2 night away expedition around the peninsula.



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


Sea kayak training course meeting locations 

If you have your own transport, please meet us at one of the following locations.

  • Princess Margaret Hospital Car park (8:25 am)

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  • Governors Bay Hotel lower car park (8:45 am)

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*Our preferred meeting location is Governors bay Hotel.

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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).


How many people will be on my sea kayak 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 training 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.


What’s included in this sea kayak course?


General sea 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


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 4: 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


Day 5: 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 6: 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 7, 8 & 9: 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 get 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 the participants out on an overnight trip on the last two days.


Sea kayak training 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.

“It was a really professional course- 5 Stars” – Sinaritie, Auckland

“The experience, enthusiasm and communication from the instructors was great. We’re off to buy a sea kayak and try out the stuff we learned” Carlos Rosado, Christchurch

“The best part of the course was the time spent on the water and gaining knowledge and confidence using the safety gear.” Colin Rossie, Christchurch



PHONE: +64 3 329 9076                                EMAIL: ADMIN@OENZ.CO.NZ

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9:00AM to 4:00PM