Our courses are often described as challenging, exciting and heaps of fun! This course is designed for Beginner to Intermediate paddlers. We can even put an expert through their paces! This course has been described as a true experience!

Our popular two day course is designed to give you the fundamental skills necessary to start sea kayaking safely on protected waters and to attain your Paddle Australia Basic Skills Award.

With its mix of paddle skills, half day guided paddle* and theoretical knowledge it is a great weekend's experience. Our Instructor/Student ratio is a maximum of 1:6, so you are assured of first class tuition and service. 

Looking for a gift idea? This is an exciting experience for someone wanting to try a new activity. Not sure when they are available - consider a Gift Certificate.

The Sea Starter course highlights and outcomes:

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

Day 1

  • Understanding kayak design and performance

  • Choosing the right kayak for you

  • Kayak clothing and safety gear

  • Effects of tides and wind

  • Efficient forward paddling

  • Efficient methods of turning and steering your kayak

  • Stopping, reversing and going sideways

  • Edging and leaning

  • Wet exits and re-entry

Day 2

  • Review & revise

  • Guided half day paddle*

  • Self- and assisted- rescues

  • Towing methods

  • Low support stroke

  • Principles of Eskimo Rolling (C-C motion / hip flick)

  • Group management skills

  • Trip planning and trip ideas

* Weather dependent

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!

You also have the opportunity to qualify for your Paddle Australia Basic Skills Award

Program Dates 


Sea Starter Course


Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm


21-22 September 2019
12-13 October 2019
16-17 November 2019
14-15 December 2019
18-19 January 2020
8-9 February 2020
14-15 March 2020
4-5 April 2020
2-3 May 2020


How much & what does it include?

  • $320 per person including Sea kayak and accessories, safety gear and paddling jacket ($270 if using your own sea kayak)

  • Qualify for your Paddle Australia (PA) Basic Skills Award (follow link for more info on this certificate)

  • Four hours complementary sea kayak hire (valid for six months) to be taken in one session

  • Children, 14 and under are free, however they must paddle a double sea kayak with an adult

Unable to spend a full weekend? This course is available as one full day Private Tuition, one-on-one instruction at the same price - this will usually be midweek but some weekend days possible earlier or later in the season. Contact us to discuss your preferred dates.

6 Reasons to ENROL

  1. Fun, fun, fun. Good skills means you can have more fun on the water.

  2. 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.

  3. Increase your confidence with the ability to competently perform basic sea kayaking rescues.

  4. Start with good habits and avoid having to get rid of bad habits later on.

  5. Learning to paddle within a group is a supportive and fun environment in which to learn.

  6. Some stuff is just to hard to learn from books- we believe in “learning by doing”.

Sea Starter Course Testimonials

Inspirational, loved it

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. 

Peter Wilson  


Awesome! Sea Starter Course 

We travelled down from Gippsland lakes to attend the sea starter course and it was well worth the journey! The instructors were friendly and helpful and had no issues giving our son the initial, on land, one-to-one instruction he needed to settle him into the course. Additionally, I felt the mix of instruction vs practical application was spot on! Resulting in a well organised and resourced program that was enjoyed by both our fourteen year old and our more seasoned selves. 
The weather on our October course weekend presented us with strong offshore winds on the second day, however, the team had planned for the changed conditions and I really felt it did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the weekend. We had one very intense and fun filled day on the water, followed by a morning of instruction, inside the relaxed atmosphere of the cafe'. 
Thank you EastCoast Kayaking for a wonderful weekend adventure! We look forward to returning  


Fantastic Confidence Booster

Just a quick email to again say thanks heaps for last weekend's Sea Starter Course - it was great fun and a fantastic confidence booster. I have no constructive or otherwise criticisms to give, keep doing what you're doing - it was very well done.


I learned so much

I really enjoyed the course on the weekend, it was very well organised and I learned so much. I really appreciated the encouragement I received from both of you during the weekend, and felt a lot more confident by Sunday afternoon, thanks to your expertise and support, even though it was a challenge with the strong winds. Thanks so much.


Brilliant weekend

Hi Rohan just a quick note to say thanks to you guys for a brilliant weekend, went for a paddle (sit on top) last night on the Barwon River and will get out again today I hope. Once agin we love courses like you run as you get an idea of where the ‘fit’ is in terms of the bigger picture