Kayak Instruction Courses for Beginners

Half-day Sampler

Are you curious about kayaking and would like to give it a try?

The Half-Day Sampler has been designed to give you a small taste of kayaking and hopefully "wet" your appetite for a lot more!

You will be introduced to

  • Kayaking as a recreational activity
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Flatwater paddling
  • Basic strokes
  • Leaning & turning
  • Basic self-rescue

Adventure Level: LOW.We recommend that you be physically fit, a strong swimmer and be very confident in the water.

Duration: 3 hours  Minimum age: 12 years

Experience: No experience necessary

Cost: $77 per person

BEGINNER Flatwater

Would you like to become a whitewater paddler & are ready to take the plunge?This is the first in a series of three courses designed to teach you how to paddle whitewater. Flatwater provides a controlled environment to start learning the many skills necessary to paddle whitewater. The course will begin on flatwater and progress to moving water.

You will be introduced to:

  • Basic strokes
  • Leaning & turning
  • Rolling
  • Simple rescue - self & others
  • River etiquette
  • Grade 1-3 whitewater
  • Scouting & river hazards
  • Reading water
  • Breaking in & out of the current
  • Ferry glides

Adventure Level: MODERATE. We recommend that you be physically fit, a strong swimmer and be very confident in the water.

Duration: 2 days  Minimum age: 12 years

Experience: No experience necessary

Cost: $280 per person.

**Our next Beginner Flatwater course is scheduled for:

Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November 2018 (9am - 4pm each day)

If you are interested in booking a place for this course, please call 02 4730 4333. Bookings are essential. 

BEGINNER Movingwater

Have you mastered flatwater & would like to have a go at moving water?

This is the second in a series of three courses designed to teach you how to paddle whitewater. Most of the course will take place on moving water to enable you to learn and consolidate the skills necessary to control your boat on whitewater. The course will begin with a review of skills on flatwater. It will then concentrate on moving water skills in preparation for an introduction to whitewater.

Before taking part in a Beginner Movingwater Course you should:

  • Have completed the Penrith Whitewater Beginner Flatwater Course or have paddled a kayak 5 – 10 times in the last year.
  • Be able to perform all basic strokes confidently.
  • Be able to paddle in a straight line on flatwater.
  • Be comfortable on moving water.
  • Be able to roll on flatwater.
  • Be able to safely self-rescue.

On the course you will work on

  • Basic strokes
  • Leaning & turning
  • Rolling in flat & moving water
  • Simple rescue - self & others
  • River etiquette
  • Grade 1-3 whitewater
  • Scouting &river hazards
  • Reading water
  • Breaking in & out of the current
  • Ferry glides

Adventure Level: MODERATE – HIGH.We recommend that you be physically fit, a strong swimmer and be very confident in the water.

Duration: 2 days  Minimum age: 12 years

Cost: $280 per person

Our next Beginner Movingwater Course is scheduled for:

Saturday 10th March, 2018 9am - 4pm

Sunday 11th March, 2018 9am - 4pm 

Bookings are essential. To enquire about this course or to book a place, please call 02 4730 4333. Some conditions and pre-requisites apply. 

BEGINNER Whitewater

Are you ready to take on the challenge of grade 3 whitewater?This is the third in a series of three courses designed to teach you how to paddle whitewater. The course will begin with a review of skills on flat and moving water before concentrating on whitewater skills. Before taking part in a Whitewater Course you should:

  • Have completed the Penrith Whitewater Movingwater Course or have paddled a kayak in grade 2 whitewater 5 to 10 times in the last year.
  • Be able to perform all basic strokes confidently.
  • Be able to paddle in a straight line on flatwater.
  • Be able to ferry glide, break-in & break-out on grade 2 whitewater.
  • Be comfortable on grade 2 whitewater.
  • Be able to roll on moving water.
  • Be able to safely self-rescue on grade 2 whitewater.

You will work on

  • Basic Strokes
  • Leaning & turning
  • Rolling in moving & whitewater
  • Simple rescue - self & others
  • River etiquette
  • Grade 1-3 whitewater
  • Scouting & river hazards
  • Reading water
  • Breaking in & out of the current
  • Ferry glides

Adventure Level: HIGH. We recommend that you be physically fit, a strong swimmer and be very confident in the water.

Duration: 2 days Minimum age: 12 years Cost: $280 per person