Senior Sea Kayak Instructor Training December 12, 2022

Senior Sea Kayak Instructor Training

Senior Sea Kayak Instructor Training Overview

Our sea kayak instructor training is specifically designed for people who are wanting to lead people in the ocean environment. If you are working towards NZOIA Sea Kayak level 2, or are wanting to become trip leaders for clubs/social groups where technical skills are being delivered this will be the course for you.

This is a 9 day “train the trainer” style course designed to look at key aspects that are important when leading others in this dynamic environment. There is a level of technical competency you will need to meet in regards to your personal skills in order to be able to attend this course, this is outlined in our pre-requisites below.

N.B: The 7-day instructor training is dedicated to the aspiring Level 1 instructor, the 9- day instructor training is dedicated to the aspiring Level 2 instructor



Before attending this course, you must be confident paddling in a variety of conditions, with efficient paddle strokes and self-rescue skills in moving water.

An example of varied conditions, wind up to 20 knots, surf up to 1.0 meters, swell of up to 1.5 meters and tidal current of up to 4 knots.

If you do not meet the requirements in your personal skills we have aligned this course to our sea kayak training course, where you can combine the 5 or 9-day sea kayak course and this 9 day IDP.

We strongly recommend you combine our personal skills course with the instructor training to observe how our instructors deliver and scaffold learning to a group as well as ensure your personal skills are at industry standard. 


Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor Recommended Training Pathway

The OENZ 9-day sea kayak course + 9-day instructor training for leading groups in coastal, lake or open water areas where varied conditions and limited periods of exposed coast may be encountered.

Should have or be working towards the Coastguard Boating Education – Day Skippers qualification and Maritime VHF Operators Certificate.

We also encourage keeping a personal logbook starting with 40 days of personal experience sea kayaking on multiday trips plus working towards additional time observing others and assisting in teaching sea kayaking skills of approx. 30 days.

Recommended additional training for leading and teaching others in a sea kayak 

OENZ Facilitation and Leadership Course(this is an optional separate 5-day course)

OENZ Weather Course


Instructor Training Location

This course will be held between Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour and Akaroa Harbour.


Instructor Training Accommodation

**All your accommodation is included in this sea kayak instructor training**


Living Springs Cabins

Accommodation Living Springs

Our course is based at Living Springs where participants will be in shared cabin accommodation.  Access to a full kitchen and bathroom block exclusive to the cabin stays. As well as optional extras like the indoor swimming pool and extensive grounds overlooking Lyttelton Harbour.


Living Springs is a 25-minute drive from Christchurch that sits above Lyttelton Harbour.



Gear & Equipment

Just bring along your normal sea kayaking kit, some food. We will send you a detailed gear list once your booking has been processed.

If you’re not sure you have everything you need for the course, no need to stress, we have all the gear and equipment available for you to hire. Just add a note to your booking or give us a call to organize your gear rental in advance.

We will also supply all of the group and client equipment needed for the model client days.



Food is not provided on this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunch that does not require cooking. The accommodation has a full kitchen & fridge that you are welcome to use. Alternatively, the local pub & café in Governors Bay serves meals and refreshments.




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We collect you from your accommodation on day 1 and then provide daily transport to and from the ocean and accommodation for the rest of the programme.



Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you have your own car but want a lift we’re happy to meet you at one of the following locations:

Princess Margaret Hospital Car park

Otoromiro Hotel (Governors Bay)



Travelling From out of town?

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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.


 Included in this Sea Kayak Instructor Training



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Weather Forecast

  • Applying weather forecasting to decision making.
  • Understand global weather systems and influences.
  • Understanding and ability to use field observations for decision making
  • Understanding localized effects of weather from topography





Navigation and Location Awareness

  • Travel on a compass bearing allowing for wind & sea conditions in limited visibility
  • Can use a compass for resections and following bearings
  • Estimating time and distance and on spot contingency planning for unexpected weather changes






Role Model  and demonstrate the following skills:

  • A range of efficient and effective paddle techniques
  • Rescues – client & personal
  • Rolling a sea kayak
  • Difficult land/launch sites ie. steep and rocky shores
  • Campcraft, selecting campsites, toileting management
  • Responsibilities to landowners including access protocols






Leadership/Instructional skills:

  • Deliver effective teaching workshops on skills relevant to sea kayaking suitable to the conditions and ability of the group, including an opportunity to extend the learner within the session.
  • Plan and prepare 2 x multi-day educational and safe sea kayak experiences for model clients
  • Lead and manage a group for 2 x 2 consecutive days in sea kayaking
  • Apply effective safety management & hazard analysis applicable to group, equipment, location and environmental conditions.




Senior Sea Kayak Instructor Training Timetable
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 Instructor Specific Skills Day Instructor Specific Skills Day Facilitation & Planning Overnight Model Client Experience Continued Model Client Experience Off Off
Week 2 Reflection & planning Overnight Model Client Experience Continued Model Client Experience End of course – wrap up and final results.


How many people will be on my instructor training?

We believe that small groups are better for this type of training.  We have a maximum client to instructor ratio of just four clients to one instructor. If there are six clients you will have one instructor and one assistant instructor, eight clients mean there will be two instructors and you’ll operate in two smaller groups.



Does this Sea Kayak Instructor Training have minimum numbers?

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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 the 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 for the full duration of your original booking. ie. any extra time following the course being shortened.


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PHONE: +64 3 329 9076                                EMAIL: [email protected]

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