Introduction to Kayaking Course

(this course is conducted using sit in type kayaks)

This course is designed for people who are new to kayaking or those wishing to learn basic kayaking skills.

It will provide information on:

  • what to wear when kayaking
  • safety awareness when kayaking
  • different types of kayak design
  • kayak safety features
  • different types of paddles

It will provide instruction on how to:

  • select the correct paddle
  • hold a paddle correctly
  • lift and carry a kayak
  • get in and out of a kayak
  • launch and land a kayak
  • adopt a correct sitting position while kayaking
  • raft up with other kayakers
  • paddle forward (forward paddle stroke)
  • paddle backwards (back paddle stroke)
  • turn a kayak (forward and reverse sweep strokes
  • stop a kayak in an emergency (emergency stop)
  • use the paddle to brace to help prevent a capsize (low brace support stroke)
  • manoeuvre the kayak sideways (side draw stroke)
  • capsize and exit an upturned kayak (wet exit)
  • deep water rescue

A Swan Canoe Club Introduction to Kayaking / Paddle Australia Basic Skills certificate will be awarded to people who have demonstrated competency in the basic paddle strokes, a capsize and controlled exit of an upturned kayak (wet exit), deep water rescue and are able to swim 25 meters in paddling clothes and PFD (personal floatation device).

This course will provide all the instruction and information required to kayak confidently on place water. Taking part and completing this course also covers the requirements of a wet induction for Swan Canoe Club.

Location: Swan Canoe Club, Johnson Parade, Mosman Park
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: Members $ 70.00 / Non members $ 125.00
Club kayaks and equipment are provided.
All courses are run by an accredited Paddle Australia instructor.
Upcoming courses are listed in the Events Calendar.
If you are unable to attend the Introductory to Kayaking course, or have specific skills you would like to work on we also offer 2 hour Paddle Skills sessions customised for individuals or small groups of members. Refer to the Events Calendar for upcoming dates.