2 Day Sea Kayak Course
This is a 2-day sea kayak course.
2 DAY SEA KAYAK COURSE OVERVIEW
An introductory sea kayaking course for people looking to explore local harbours, lakes, and bays safely. Spend the weekend learning all there is to know about sea kayak equipment, paddling skills, and self rescues.
**This is our most popular sea kayak training course. Prior experience is not necessary**
This course is delivered in Lyttelton Harbour, close to Christchurch. The course starts at the Otoromiro Hotel in Govenors Bay (30 mins from Christchurch) at 8:45 am. We access the water and utilize the picturesque and sheltered area of the harbour to practice our paddling techniques and rescues.
The exact location for the second day will be decided by the group and instructor at the end of Day 1 and will vary depending on local weather and tides.
The course finishes at 4 pm in Charteris Bay (approx 50mins from Christchurch airport).
Your accommodation on Saturday night is included in the course. We stay at Living Springs at the head of Lyttleton Harbour, about 30 mins from Christchurch city. Please bring a sleeping bag a pillow. You will have access to a kitchen for self-catering, or you may choose to buy dinner from the local pub.
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
What you will need for this course is your personal paddling clothing plus overnight camping equipment. We will supply the sea kayaking equipment if you don’t have your own. There is also the ability to hire camping equipment too. You can find a packing list and course outline at the bottom of this page.
This sea kayak course is self-catered. If you have never packed for an overnight camping trip before we can help you out with meal ideas. A packing list is available to download at the bottom of this page.
Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if you’re travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses.
If you have your own car please meet us at one of the following locations.
- Opposite Princess Margaret Hospital on Cashmere Road, Cashmere (8:25 am)
- Governors Bay Hotel lower car park (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 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
End of the day, we head back to Living Springs to our cabins.
- Paddle float rescues
- Scramble self-rescue
- Supporting a rescue
- Emergency communications and equipment
See what our clients have to say
“It was a really professional course- 5 Stars” – Sinaritie, Christchurch
“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.
“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