Introduction to Coastal Kayaking, Rescues and Rough Water

From AUD $500.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: AKSACoast

Discover the excitement of sea kayaking the best locations close to Adelaide confident in knowing you are led by one of Australia's most experienced sea kayaking educators, Phil Doddridge. Enjoy this series of workshops, practical sessions and an overnight trip with like minded paddlers keen to take their kayaking to new highs and share amazing experiences. 

The course will offer activities suitable for all sea kayakers, novice through to expert. The course is multi-level and participants can elect to do the full program or selected components.The course delivers the Paddle Australia Sea Awards with options to be assessed and receive a certificate from Paddle Australia, the peak body for kayaking in Australia. Places are limited and priority will be given to early applications.

Full Course is $500.00. No payment is required up front and you can elect to do selected parts of the course only at the session fee as detailed below. The full course includes:

An evening session on equipment, safety, coastal navigation at Adelaide Canoe Works. 

Rough water skills development and safety on water session at a location decided given weather forecast. 

Kayak Rolling and Self Rescue Course.

An Overnight Trip to explore and stay overnight on Goose Island off Pt. Victoria on Yorke Peninsula.

Optional Kayak crossing of Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island(Cost not included in the course fee).

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The Background Knowledge Needed to be a Sea Kayaker (Free)  

An evening information/theory sessions on a number of highly relevant topics conducted in the comfort of  Adelaide Canoe Works. Topic include:

Choosing the right kayak and what makes a good sea kayak. 

Fitting out an off the shelf kayak for safety and comfort.

 Weather/safety/navigation basics. 

Group and Emergency management including communications and essential safety equipment to be carried.


Rough water skills, rescues and safety conducted at suitable coastal location given the prevailing weather on the day.  


An evening session at a local indoor pool to take you through from being a swimmer, that is always exiting your kayak when capsized, to rolling your kayak upright without the need to wet exit. This is such a “cool” skill to be able to show your friends and save you getting wet and cold when paddling the sea! This is offered regularly outside of this course and also includes other rescue and safety information and skills.


An awesome 2-day sea kayak journey to an offshore island! Goose and Wardang Islands are known to many SCUBA divers and fishermen and a growing number of sea kayakers who make yearly returns to this spectacular location off Pt. Victoria. This is one of the best offshore paddling destinations close to Adelaide. Departure will be mid-morning on Saturday from Pt. Victoria to make camp on Goose Island Conservation Park. Sunday we explore this amazing location and return trip to Pt. Victoria. Much to do along the way if we are not to distracted by just being there!!


The epic crossing to Kangaroo Island across the notorious Backstairs Passage is not for the untrained. The crossing is regularly achieved by those with the right equipment, good leadership and sound fitness. We have all of the qualifications and 30 years of ocean paddling experience to prepare and lead you on this "bucket list" adventure. We offer this trip for those who have trained with us during the program achieving the skills and fitness necessary and highly experienced outdoors people looking for the ultimate challenge.