Beyond Basics Courses


The perfect stepping stone to paddling on your own sea kayak adventure or with qualified and experienced team members of ECK. Consolidate all the skills covered in the Sea Starter Course and extend them in a safe and supportive environment.  

These 3 courses have been developed over many years – exploring the best of Australian paddling locations, we understand the needs of the clients that have undertaken our Sea Starter course, and what they feel they need in order to further their kayaking journey. There is no set order; you can do whichever elements you believe would suit your needs or contact us to discuss.

  • Advanced Strokes/Self Rescue – an introduction to the Eskimo Roll, minimum of 4 participants
  • Day Journey – Kayak Victoria - so many possibilities!  - minimum of 4 participants
  • 3 Day Expedition to Wilsons Prom/Snake Island or Gippsland Lakes – Minimum of 4 participants

We strongly suggest that you practice your kayaking skills between the Sea Starter Course and doing a Beyond Basics course, utilizing your 4 hours of free kayak/equipment hire.

INCLUSIONS

As standard we supply all sea kayaking equipment:

  • Sea kayak
  • Spray deck
  • PFD
  • Hand pump
  • Sponge
  • Paddle
  • CAG (spray jacket)

However, if you have you own equipment and it meets our standards, we like you to train and become familiar with your own equipment

We also provide lunch on our Day Journey and meals on the 3 Day Expedition

Instructor ratio is 1:6 participants – ensuring the best outcomes.


Advanced Strokes / Self Rescue –
An Introduction to the Eskimo Roll

Consolidate your strokes and self-rescue techniques learnt form the Sea Starter Course, extending yourself to advanced strokes and be introduced to the Eskimo roll!

After the course head out on a self guided paddle with the other participants either to Brighton Baths or Half Moon Bay for a well-deserved coffee – and practise the skills you have learnt.

  • Meet at our Training Center, 37 Jetty Road Sandringham at 8:30am for a 9:00am start – finishing at 12 noon – $90 per person.
  • Includes: sea kayak, spray deck, paddle, spray jacket (CAG), hand pump, sponge.
  • Instructor ratio of 1:6 participants
  • Extra Equipment hire - Wetsuit $15, Fleece $5 per day
  • Receive 2 hours of free kayak hire to be taken in one session.

 

Dates 2017-2018 Season

Course

Advanced Strokes /
Self Rescue – An Intro to the Eskimo Roll

Location

Sandringham
9am - 12 noon

Dates

Sunday 29 October 2017
Saturday 18 November 2017
Saturday 13 January 2018
Sunday 18 February 2018
Saturday 17 March 2018

If the course dates do not suit, you can choose to do this course one-on-one as Private Tuition - call us to discuss as depending on your outcomes a 2 hour or 3 hour session is most suitable.


Day Journey – Kayak Victoria

Using your new-found knowledge of sea kayaking, winds, tides and charts you can plan and paddle your own trip with the help of our guides in the best locations that Victoria have to offer!
You will learn:

  • Route planning to compensate for tidal influence and weather conditions
  • How to negotiate protruding land masses, constriction, shipping channels, effects of wind, tide ferry gliding and negotiating surf zones – weather dependent
  • Leadership skills for group management.

We strongly suggest that you practice your kayaking skills between the Sea Starter Course and doing the Day Journey. Use your 4 hours of free hire From the Sea Starter Course 

  • 8:30am: Meet at a designated café to discuss weather, tides and formulate the route for the day, incorporating all these elements and arrange car shuffles. No trip is exactly the same
  • $195 per person
  • Includes: sea kayak, spray deck, PFD, paddle, spray jacket (CAG), hand pump, sponge, light lunch and snacks.
  • Instructor ratio of 1:6 participants

Dates 2017-2018 Season

Course

Day Journey

Location

Kayak Victoria - various locations
8.30am - 5pm

Dates

Saturday 2 September 2017
Sunday 12 November 2017
Sunday 25 February 2018
Sunday 22 April 2018

Please be aware that we ask participants to make their vehicle available to assist with car shuttles if necessary. 

Eagles Nest, near Cape Peterson, February 2016

Eagles Nest, near Cape Peterson, February 2016

Testimonials

Amazing

How awesome to put my skills to the test with the vast terrain of water that we encountered from Cape Paterson to Inverloch. I had never seen such beautiful landscapes and crystal clear water in Victoria. An amazing day's journey from preparation, execution, lunch and reaching the final destination. Can't wait to do another one!

- Alvin Feb 2016

An excellent paddle along the coast!

After an early planning session the decision was made to put in at Cape Patterson and paddle down to Inverloch in perfect weather conditions. 
After a civilised lunch at Eagle's Nest we continued on our way to Inverloch and into an exciting surf landing near the inlet entrance.

Roh has once again proven to be an excellent guide and teacher as he took us on a spectacular day's outing - continuing to educate each of us in person along the way.

I highly recommend this trips and will definitely be looking join future trips!

- James Feb 2016
An awesome paddle
We met at Hastings for coffee and a planning session before travelling to Point Leo for the launch. 15-20 knot NW winds and the ocean swell made it an interesting but enjoyable paddle. The trip around Sandy Point was exhilarating but under Rohan's guidance he showed that with a bit of observation and planning we had the skills to navigate through some very choppy seas. The final stretch at high tide among the mangroves to Stoney Point was delightful after the adrenaline rush of Sandy Point. Rohan was an excellent guide and instructor so we learnt a lot about navigation, paddling and group management. 
I highly recommend this trip and will be looking to join future trips! 
- Brian, April 2016

3 Day Expedition to Wilsons Prom/Snake Island or Gippsland Lakes

Using your new found knowledge of sea kayaking, winds, tides and charts you can plan and paddle your own Expedition with the help of our guides.
You will learn & develop through:

  • consolidating basic kayaking skills and building your confidence and expertise
  • planning a kayaking adventure; knowledge of waterproofing equipment, loading a sea kayak,
  • understanding the clothing, equipment and provisions used in sea kayak expeditions
  • understanding the principles of food preparation, menu planning and using portable stoves.
  • Developing kayak camping skills - utilizing principles of minimum impact camping and using tarpaulins to provide shelters in sun or rain.
  • route planning to compensate for tidal influence and weather conditions
  • negotiating protruding land masses, constrictions, shipping channels, effects of wind, tide ferry gliding and negotiating surf zones (weather dependent)
  • developing leadership skills for group management.

We strongly suggest that you practice your kayaking skills between the Sea Starter Course and doing the Expedition – Beyond Basics utilizing your 4 hours of free hire from the Sea Starter Course.

  • Includes: sea kayaking equipment (as above), catering. 
  • Instructor ratio of 1:6 participants - $745 per person (discounted if using your own kayak)
  • In addition, participants will need to bring their own personal equipment, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, rain jacket, rain pants, and 2 person tent. Hire of this equipment can be arranged at extra cost 
  • Receive 2 hours of free kayak hire to be taken in one session

 

Dates 2017-2018 Season

Course

3 Day Expedition

Location

Wilsons Prom - Snake Island or Gippsland Lakes
March Long Weekend

Dates

10-12 March 2018

Please be aware that we ask participants to make their vehicle available to assist with car shuttles if necessary. 

Below is one of the routes taken - weather dependent

Beyond Basics 3 Day Expedition 2016 Track

Beyond Basics 3 Day Expedition 2016 Track

Testimonials

Unforgettable Experience

Superbly organised and run by Rohan and Raia who gave freely of their huge knowledge and experience, we learnt navigation, chart reading, tides, currents, how to pack a kayak and what to take on an expedition, beautiful scenery, fun camping, Rohan and Raia made sure we had fun, were safe and took care of everything, very professional and a must experience for any lover of kayaking

- Doron March 2016

Great confidence builder

I've only had my new kayak since jan, and during this course I could put it through its paces with the confidence that being in a group with experienced instructors would not allow me to do by myself. I've also learnt how to pack my kayak and what to take and what not to take on overnight trips. Along with that, was learning the essential reading and planning of my trip in conjunction to tides and sea levels, wind and even sun verses cloud cover! I enjoyed this course so much, I think it's a must do for owners or non owners of kayaks. Everyday was a ten out of ten day for me.

- Sharon March 2016


OUTCOMES & RESULTS

Paddlers finish the course with the following:

  • an excellent grasp of the fundamental strokes and efficient techniques used in sea kayaking
  • knowledge of how to paddle within a pod
  • defensive paddling skills
  • practical experience of self- and assisted-rescues and recoveries
  • an appreciation of the effects of tide and wind
  • navigation principles
  • the ability to plan and prepare for paddling trips
  • an understanding of sea kayak design and performance
  • knowledge to choose the right boat to buy

REASONS TO ENROL

  • Become a better paddler, faster – Good instruction means you can gain skills in two days that would take so much longer to gain on your own.
  • Increase your confidence – learning how to competently perform self-rescue techniques and basic sea kayaking rescues allows you to explore further and fear less. Day tripping is fun, but multi-day expeditions open up a whole new world of exciting possibilities!
  • Learn right – start with good habits and avoid having to get rid of bad habits later on.
  • Grow together: learning to paddle within a group is a supportive and fun educational environment.
  • Test your skills – While you can learn from books and DVDs, there is no substitute for time spent actually on the water.
  • Pure enjoyment – good skills mean you can have more fun on the water