Learn to Kayak - Melbourne

Victorian waters, whether inland rivers and lakes, estuaries and bays or the open coastal waters are a spectacular environment to explore from the water.

Our Training Centre and Kayak Shop is situated at Sandringham Harbour on Port Phillip Bay, is an ideal training ground for learning the fundamental kayak skills needed for safe and enjoyable paddling. Whether your dream is to paddle the rivers and bays, or traverse the open seas, the qualified and experienced Instructors at East Coast Kayaking can help get you there!

Even if you have never paddled before we can help you achieve your paddling dreams.

In all our courses we cover:

  • Weather interpretation (when to go!)
  • Suitable clothing
  • Paddling strokes and control of your craft
  • Safety gear that your are required to carry, and that we also recommend you take

Learn to paddle, upgrade your skills or achieve a professional qualification through our range of courses whether you paddle a canoe, sea kayak, sit on top kayak, fishing kayak or surf ski. 

Private Tuition
Recreational Sea Kayak (3 hour Intro) Course
Sea Starter Course
Beyond Basics
Sea Skills - Paddle the Peninsula
Learn to Surf Ski and Ocean Kayak
Kayak Fishing
Kayak Rolling
Expedition Preparation (Bass Strait)
Australian Canoeing / Paddle Australia Courses and Certification

Private Tuition

New to kayaking or have special needs that require our special attention?

If you are looking for specialised or individually tailor programs outside these course dates we can accommodate you.

We can deliver any skills that you require with our one-on-one instruction (or bring your small group - up to 3 people), from a basic introduction to sea kayaking, adventure race or expedition preparation and more complex skills such as Eskimo Rolling. Our Sea Starter Course can be delivered as a one day private intensive course for 1-3 people.

Our specialised Private Tuition classes are run from at Sandringham mid week on demand or selected weekends.

Sea Starter Course

sea starter kayak

The Sea Starter course is held...

Find out more about our popular Sea Starter courses.

Beyond Basics

Beyond Basics kayak course


Get all of the learning outcomes from our Sea starter course, plus more.

Start sea kayaking and learn fundamental skills and techniques with our bi-monthly Sea starter courses held at Sandringham. Then try something different with Beyond Basics courses. Perhaps after you complete the course, challenge yourself to our Victorian Journeys adventure program or our Kayak the Whitsundays.

Kayak Fishing Course

Kayak Fishing Starter course

Fish off your Kayak the right way

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing kayaking discipline. While it is fun and exhilarating catching your fish, there's a strong need to learn the safety aspects before heading out to fish from your sit-on-top kayak. Find out more about our kayak fishing starter program.

Kayak Rolling Instruction

Kayak like the pros in different conditions and environments

Learn the right techniques on how to safely roll in a kayak.

Find out more about our Kayak Rolling Course.

Australian Canoeing / Paddle Australia Courses and Certification

Ever wanted to work in the Sea Kayaking Industry?

Perhaps you would just like to gain new skills or develop your existing skills to meet industry standards.

East Coast Kayaking is a National Training Provider offering training and assessment of Australian Canoeing sea kayaking qualifications. The Australian Canoeing Award Scheme is nationally recognised and aligned with the Outdoor Recreation Training Package. 

Our AC qualified staff are committed to providing great service and excellent instruction in all facets of the Award Scheme.

The nature of the Award Scheme lends itself to tailored training for individuals and groups. Please contact us to discuss your current skills, experience and employment goals so we can design a training and assessment program to suit your needs.

Contact Us for more information.