Junior Kayak Instruction

Would you like to learn a new & exciting sport at one of the world’s best facilities?

Then why not give kayaking a try at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, the competition venue for the canoe/kayak slalom events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.


We offer three progressive courses for beginners;

Flatwater, Movingwater and Whitewater. Each course is normally made up of 8 one hour lessons over an 8 week period.

You may learn to kayak individually or as part of an organised school group and lessons are offered during school, after school and on the weekend.


Penrith Whitewater provides all the necessary kayaking equipment:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Helmets and spraydecks for whitewater use


  • Changerooms with toilets and hot showers
  • Group Lockers
  • Café


Students should be between the ages of 12 and 18 years.

Parents will be required to complete a Penrith Whitewater Medical Form and ‘Acceptance of Risk Agreement’ on behalf of their child prior to the first visit by students.

Minimum requirements for participation:

Flatwater Course: Confident in the water and able to swim

Movingwater Course: Completion of Flatwater Course.

Whitewater Course: Completion of Movingwater Course and a strong swimmer.

Progression to the whitewater channel is dependent upon the recommendation of the instructor and parental consent. Parents are strongly encouraged to visit the venue to familiarise themselves with the facilities and the courses.

Instruction standards

Penrith Whitewater’s enthusiastic and dedicated instructors are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

To ensure this:

We work on a minimum instructor to student ratio of 1:8 on the flatwater (1:12 recommended in the Guidelines for the Safe Conduct of Sport and Physical Activity in Schools) and a minimum instructor to student ratio of 1:6 on movingwater and whitewater.

All Penrith Whitewater instructors are qualified to Australian standards.

All participants receive a safety briefing before entering the water.

At least two qualified instructors are present whenever a whitewater instruction session is taking place.

Penrith Whitewater instructors are actively involved in their sport and include some of Australia’s best paddlers.


The courses are intended to be as cost neutral as possible to enable maximum student participation. Prices may vary depending upon course duration and content.

2018 - 2019

Flatwater instruction:  $21 per person per hour.

Moving & Whitewater instruction:  $25 per person per hour.


See our 'how to book' section for important booking information.

Junior Kayak Instruction - Term 1 2019

Enrol now for Term 1 - 2019

Penrith Whitewater's Junior Kayak Instruction Program - Term 1 2019 is proposed to commence on Saturday February 2nd, 2019. This term will be a 8 week course. Each lesson is 60 minutes duration.

Information, Enrolment and Medical Risk Agreement forms are available from our office or you can download them from the link, see below. If you prefer, we can email the forms to you.

Term 1 Dates:

Week 1: Saturday February 2nd, 2019

Week 2: Saturday February 9th, 2019

Saturday February 16th, 2019 - Australian Open*

Saturday February 23rd, 2019 - Oceania Championships*

Week 3: Saturday March 2nd, 2019

Week 4: Saturday March 9th, 2019

Week 5: Saturday March 16th, 2019

Week 6: Saturday March 23rd, 2019

Week 7: Saturday March 30th, 2019

Week 8: Saturday April 6th, 2019

*There will be no lessons on Saturday 16th & Saturday 23rd February due to the Sydney International Whitewater Festival Events. 

Enrolments are due by Wednesday January 30th 2019

A minimum number of participants will be required before we can confirm a course. All courses will not be confirmed until after enrolments.

If you are interested, have any queries or would like more information you can call the office on 4730 4333 or send an email to bookings@penrithwhitewater.com.au