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Sea Starter course - 2 day sea kayak fundamentals

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Product Description

The sea kayak is an amazing craft.

Our popular two day course is designed to give you the fundamental skills and necessary to start sea kayaking safely on protected waters. Our Instructor/Student ratio is 1:6, so you are assured of first class tuition and service.

The Sea Starter course is:

  • Held over two days: Saturday and Sunday
  • Sea Starter Courses are held monthly at our Training & Hire Centre at Sandringham

At the conclusion of the course you will be entitled to four hours* of FREE sea kayak hire. A great opportunity to hone and consolidate your new skills! Children, 14 and under are free, however they must paddle a double sea kayak with an adult.

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The Program

Day 1

  • Boat design
  • Choosing the right kayak
  • Efficient methods of turning and steering your kayak
  • Efficient forward paddling techniques
  • Stopping, reversing and making your kayak go sideways
  • Effects of tides and wind
  • Edging and leaning
  • Wet exits

Day 2

  • Review and revise
  • The low support stroke
  • C-C motion / hip flick
  • Principles of Eskimo rolling
  • Self rescues, assisted rescues
  • Towing methods involving two or more paddlers
  • Trip planning and trip ideas
  • Group management skills.

How much & what does it include?

  • $300 per person or $250 if using your own kayak (must meet a specified standard)
  • If you wish to undertake this course in one of our stable double sea kayaks the price is $450 for 2 people (over 14)**
  • Qualify for your Australian Canoeing (AC) Basic Skills Award - including certificate and registration - $35 per person. Select number of people on your booking who are doing this certificate.
  • Sea kayak and accessories, safety gear and paddling jacket
  • Extra equipment hire - wetsuit $15
  • Four hours complementary sea kayak hire (valid for six months & not available if doing the course in your own kayak)
  • Children, 14 and under are free tuition, however they must paddle a double sea kayak with an adult. The Basic Skills certificate is an additional charge.

6 Reasons to Enrol

  • Fun, fun, fun. Good skills means you can have more fun on the water.
  • Become a better paddler faster! Good instruction means you can gain skills in 2 days that would take a lot longer to gain on your own.
  • Increase your confidence with the ability to competently perform basic sea kayaking rescues.
  • Start with good habits and avoid having to get rid of bad habits later on.
  • Learning to paddle within a group is a supportive and fun environment in which to learn.
  • Some stuff is just to hard to learn from books- we believe in “learning by doing”.

Challenging, Exciting and Fun

Feedback from hundreds of clients who have participated on the course has helped us design a sequentially orientated program that meets the expectations of our clients and delivers positive outcomes.

Courses are often described as challenging, exciting and heaps of fun! Experienced paddlers are often the ones that gain the most from refining and revising their current skills. Most importantly, inexperienced paddlers will leave with a completely new skill set that will launch them into one of the fastest growing sports in the world - Sea kayaking.

Outcomes & Results

  • How to choose the right boat to purchase
  • Understanding sea kayak design and performance
  • Fundamental strokes and efficient technique
  • Paddling with and without rudders
  • Defensive paddling skills
  • Self and assisted rescues and recoveries
  • Effects of tide and wind
  • Basic navigation principles
  • Planning & preparation

*Complimentary hire must be completed in one session.

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Learn how to Kayak with EastCoast Kayaking - Sea Starter courses in Melbourne, VIC Australia (03:14)
The sea kayak is an amazing craft. Our popular two day course is designed to give you the fundamental skills and necessary to start sea kayaking safely on protected waters. Our Instructor/Student ratio is 1:6, so you are assured of first class tuition and service.The Sea Starter course is: * Held over two days: Saturday and Sunday * Sea Starter Courses are held bi-monthly at our Training & Hire Centre at Sandringham * You can complete the course in consecutive days over one weekend or enjoy the flexibility of completing the course over a few months when time permits.Contact:Rohan Klopfer37 Jetty Rd. Sandringham - right on the waterMelbourne, VIC AustraliaPh: 03 9597 0549 Mob: 0402 154 766www.eastcoastkayaking.com
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  1. Great confidence, safety and skills course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Apr 2016

    A mate and I enrolled for the April 16 - 17 2016 Sea Starter course for different reasons. My friend wanted to reacquaint himself with the finer skills of sea kayaking and I was a novice who whilst having done the earlier basic's course wanted to progress and acquire further knowledge and skills in kayaking. The two day course delivered on all counts with Rohan's ever enthusiastic commentary and sayings i.e "So team, what do think of this isn't it great ? etc etc and of course the classic East Coast Kayaking quote of, " its better to be hot and sticky than cold and emotional ! "

    The format of the 2 day course was excellent starting with detailed discussions on clothing, safety equip.,weather interpretations, kayaking skills, communications, health, what to look for in kayaks types etc. We then went out on the water for practical sessions on self rescues, assisted rescues and then paddling skills "in the lee" of the Sandringham yatch clubs harbour and then venturing out into the bay a short distance beyond the breakwater to feel the sea beneath you and how it moves you and your kayak and how to begin to understand and react well to it al,l to make it fun and safe.

    Day two was some more early morning theory on weather, currents etc and then into the kayaks for a paddle South out in the open bay with a good 10knot wind to Half Moon Bay and the Cerberus Beach House for a lunch and coffee. This was pretty thrilling I have to say, being at times over a kilometre out from the beach with the wind and the waves. Great learnings though. I was very satisfied when we reached the Beach House and the great care and instruction provided by Rohan and Peter our instructors.

    Clearly these guys are at the top of their game in terms of knowledge and experience which they impart to us novice kayakers so well. The trip back up to East Coast Kayaking HQ at Sandringham wasn't so easy as the trip down, but again Rohan and Peter were there to offer advice and get us all home safe. After getting the kayaks and us all back safely we had a session on detailed trip planning and the intricacies of tides, map reading including beginning to understand what the funny symbols on maps really mean ! We also were given insight into the great longer trips and expeditions that East Coast Kayaking hosts not just in Victoria - such as across the bay Wilsons Prom. trip but others in Australia such as the trip up to the Whitsundays which sounds fantastic but others to NZ and Canada.

    So thank you to East Coast Kayaking, Rohan and Peter and Raina in the office for your most capable tuition, your enthusiasm and your passion for all things Kayaking.

    If you are really interested in learning how to safely start off in this great recreational sport and then progress further, then East Coast Kayaking is the first people you should call.

    Mark Stella
    Sea Starter Course

  2. Excellent course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2016

    The sea starter course was great. The guys really gave 110% and were eager to help with future trip planning as well. I learned a lot, and now I'm much more confident of my capabilities.

  3. Three days worth of experience in three hours. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Nov 2015

    Coming into the advanced session almost six months after the basics my greatest fear was not being able to get back into the kayak after coming out ... either alone or with help. I came away having largely taken a bit bite out of that fear (will keep practicing) and gained an altogether new experience of more fluid paddling strokes and the power of third point (?) stability.
    I found Rohan's calm coaching style and ability to convey the experience behind techniques fantastically helpful for my learning.
    Also, holding steady in fairly large swells was both thrilling and confidence building.
    I consider ECK an essential resource and intend to take advantage of future trips.
    A big thanks Rohan!!!

  4. Loved it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2015

    Went in with some apprehension, just because I don't particularly like being upside down in a kayak but Pete & Rhohan were excellent, patient teachers, was a lot of fun and came away with the beginnings of some skills and a lot more knowledge I can expand on. Thanks

  5. Great combination of theory and practice 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2015

    Having attend another training course with a local kayak club previously, it was refreshing to be part of a structured approach to learning this sport. Peter's teaching style was excellent. He was able to communicate through the correct amounts of theory, practice, wit and of course plenty of encouragement. This course has given me the confidence to continue learning and enjoying the sport with all the right habits! Thank you!

  6. Outstanding instructors, outstanding course ....... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Mar 2015

    Peter and Rea were patient, thorough and gave us so much from their vast experience & knowledge, brilliant course, covers a wide range of techniques and skills, extremely professional, this is the course to do if you want to kayak properly and safely, highly recommended!

  7. Best thing I've done in 2015....so far 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2015

    Having decided that kayaking is my sport of preference and having done some sheltered river and lake paddling I decided the time had come to get outside my comfort zone and learn some skills, gain confidence and feel safe. Pete is an outstanding teacher, mentor and guide. Gently helping people to try and achieve, very very generous with his years of experience. The amount of skills covered, the completeness of the whole courses from all the on water through to the off water planning and preparation. I learnt soooooo much in those 2 days and now can't wait to get my own kayak and get out doing more. Thanks so much to Peter and East Coast Kayaking and the Kayak Shop.

  8. Excellent Instructor, Excellent Course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Nov 2014

    Some friends and I were planning on going to the Whitsundays - seakayaking, so I thought I would get some skills and practice in.

    The course was thorough, enjoyable and balanced. I now have the basics to plan and execute a safe and enjoyable seakayaking adventure - with the skills to keep myself safe and to be an asset rather than a hinderence to any seakayaking adventure.

    Thanks Rohan

  9. Inspirational, loved it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Sep 2014

    Having done some river paddling and a little coast hugging exploration, I decided it was time to do the sensible thing and get some quality instruction. After doing some research, East Coast Kayaks Sea Starter course came up top of the list and Rohan and instructor Pete didn’t disappoint.
    The course takes you through the fundamentals of paddling and perhaps more importantly, introduces all aspects of safety and trip planning necessary for a protected waters paddle. The information is comprehensive, but well-paced and the two day format allows you time to take in what’s presented on day one and raise any questions or queries the next day as you head back to the water to put it into practice. Pete and Rohan’s knowledge, experience and practical tips were inspirational and in addition to the structured course, a whole lot can be learnt just watching these guys on the water.
    If you’re considering taking your paddling and more importantly your understanding of the ocean and our local conditions to the next level, or you just want to have a very cool weekend, I’d highly recommend taking the course. I’ll be back for the Beyond Basics course too.

  10. Such great fun! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th May 2014

    I did this course on one of the coldest and roughest weekends in May and loved every minute of it! We had rough seas with strong winds and an amazing group of people plus a great instructor too! Lots of laughs and fun but always felt safe and well looked after. I learnt a lot and really look forward to learning more in Spring!
    Thanks again!

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