Expedition Kayaking - Sea Kayak Bass Strait

Sea Kayak Bass Strait from Victoria to Tasmania, over 320km paddling over Easter and in the Autumn season when the weather is at its most stable.


It is one of the most demanding kayak trips in the world and a life goal for many people - a great reason to take up kayaking.

Approximately 10-30 people undertake the journey every year - became one of those successful people - training and becoming qualified as a Sea Guide with ECK. Gain all the necessary skills in order to make the crossing safe and achievable and most importantly give you the knowledge to explain to others (your loved ones!) how crossing Bass Strait is safe. Thereby convincing them to let you undertake your dreams! - Education is the key!

Train with a Qualified and Experienced Team, East Coast Kayaking is you first stepping stone on your way crossing Bass Strait

As part of your preparation, paddle the great locations in Victoria leading up to the Expedition:  

  • Run the Heads Rip
  • Wilsons Prom
  • The 12 Apostles
  • West Coast and East Coast
  • Downwinders in the Bay
  • Explore Western Port
  • Play in the Bay
  • and crank out the km in the Yarra River before work early morning


2 Year Training and Assessment Program (1st Year intensive)

Regular Instruction, Training and Assessment with Experienced and Qualified Instructors, many of whom have undertaken the expedition themselves.  Paddle out of from the Training Centre,  and also possible early morning sessions on the Yarra River from Boathouse Drive leading up to your Expedition. You will be required to paddle independently or with other participants to gain further experience and reach a high level of paddle fitness.

Stage One - undertake our Sea Starter Course,  which teaches the Fundamental Skills of Sea Kayaking - this will determine if you are really interested and that this is really what you want to do.

Instruction, training and assessment over 2 years for the AC Sea Guide qualification

Sea Starter Course - one weekend or Private Tuition
Advanced Strokes, Self Rescue & Intro Eskimo Rolling 6x 3 hours
Day Journeys - Enclosed & Coastal Paddling - 10 days
Expedition Preparation - 1 day
Expedition Course - 5 days Wilson's Prom & Snake Island
Weather, Navigation, Float Plan - 4 days
Kayak Hire (Polyethylene kayak for training) - 2 years
Kayak Hire (Expedition-ready Kayak - Mirage 580/582)
Equipment (Damage deposit refundable)
Bayside Parking Permit

Payment by Donation to Sale to Sea Disability Challenge

Bass Strait Training Program

  • Basic and Advanced paddling strokes
  • Self and Assisted Rescues - the eskimo roll
  • Towing
  • Understanding and negotiating surf zones
  • Interpreting weather and tides  
  • Safety Equipment and Regulations
  • Clothing
  • Float Plan
  • Navigation - Use charts/Maps/GPS, base plate and deck compass, Grid references
  • Communication - Whistle, Paddle signals, VHF Marine radio, Satellite Phone, flares, mirror
  • Group management
  • Camping Craft - Shelter, Stoves
  • Waterproofing equipment
  • Loading a sea kayak
  • Camp stoves and cooking
  • Expedition Menu - self / group

Additional Qualifications (external providers)

Provide First Aid & CPR
Remote Area First Aid Course ($450 over 3 days)
VHF Marine Radio Licence

As part of the program you also receive:

  • Discounts on Quality Clothing, Kayaking and Camping Equipment and Expedition food - Kokatat, MSR, Werner, Sea To Summit, SealLine,  Watershed, Garmin - all the big name brands, for you training and when you undertake the Expedition if you pass the requirement for the Sea Kayak Guide Qualifications
  • Access to Ground Support - Weather forecasting and equipment hire

See our Expedition Gear List