2-Day Sea Kayak Surf Course



This 2-day kayak surfing course will get you off the beach and into longer adventures with your sea kayak. Focused on perfecting techniques to launch and land your boat safely from the beach to develop these skills and then further to be able to play in the waves, this course will take your confidence and skills to the next level.


Adult Price $699* (minimum age 18 years)

Youth Price $349** (16-17 years, accompanied by an adult)

Ask about our Family Friendly courses for ages less than 16 years.





This course is delivered in Christchurch and meets at Scotts Park (The Mt Pleasant Yacht Club Car Park). We have a range of beaches to choose from here based on tides, surf and swell. With access to flat water as well, there are plenty of options to keep us busy.


The group and instructor will decide the exact location for the second day at the end of Day 1 which will vary depending on local weather and tides.

The course finishes at 3:30 pm, back at Scotts Park.




Christchurch City

Accommodation is not included in this course. 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 each day.









learning the low brace paddle stroke on an oenz training course
Practising the low brace paddle stroke

You will need your paddling clothing and overnight camping equipment for this course. We will supply the sea kayaking equipment if you don’t have your own.  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.




Sea kayaking course trailer in christchurch
OENZ sea Kayak trailer

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


Meeting locations

If you have your own car, please meet us at the following location.

  • Scotts Park Mt Pleasant Yacht Club

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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 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.








Sea kayaking courses run from September to April. Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses can be created on alternative dates by request.




PRICE: $699*




* 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.



Over the 2 days, we will cover the topics outlined below. 


Strokes & Skills

  • Forward & reverse power strokes
  • Sweep strokes
  • Stern rudder
  • Edging
  • Stern rudder into low brace
  • Side surfing
  • Low brace turn
  • Wet Exit/Capsize safety
  • Swimming with kayak and gear
  • Launching and Landing
  • Timing
  • Paddle signals


Surfing a wave

kayaking off the Kaikoura Coast
  • Body position and visual focus
  • Straight run
  • Diagonal run
  • Rescues in the surf



Theory (Beachology)

  • Types of waves
  • How waves form
  • Anatomy of a wave
  • Wave Selection
  • Surf Forecasting
  • Control in surf
  • Efficient surfing strokes
  • Safety rules and surf etiquette
  • Strategies for surf landing and surf launching
  • Hazards


How many people will be on my 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 mean there will be two guides, and you’ll operate in two smaller groups.


Does this course have minimum numbers?



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.





Course Outline
Gear List








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









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