Sydney Harbour Kayaks - Kayak and Surfski LESSONS

At Sydney Harbour Kayaks, our instructors love introducing people to kayaking and surf ski paddling.
We are also keen to see you progress and take your paddling to the next level.
We recommend you start with our FREE lesson program (you can do well over nine hours of free tuition!), then come back for some private tuition to work on your intermediate and advanced skills.

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FREE Learn to Kayak Lesson

Saturdays 9am to 12noon

The ideal way to get into kayaking or brush up on the main paddle strokes. This is a fun and practical session, focused on paddling technique.

You will learn how to control your kayak, turn effectively, paddle forward efficiently, move sideways, and brace to prevent capsize.

FREE Kayak Safety Lesson

Saturdays 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Not sure what to do if you fall out of your kayak?

This lesson is for you! Practice capsizing your kayak in a safe environment, with your instructor right beside you. Learn assisted rescues, self rescues, how to stabilize your kayak, and how to deal with different weather conditions.

FREE Intro to Surfski Paddling Lesson

Saturdays 8am to 9.30am  

So you have kayaked for a while and you are feeling the need for speed: come and take your first ski paddle strokes with the very experienced instructors at Sydney Harbour Kayaks.

using the protected water-ways of Middle Harbour, you will learn core techniques to make sure you are well on the way to be an efficient surf-ski paddler and finish with a nice 'tool kit' of exercises to practice your new skills.

You will also learn about paddling using a wing (curved) bladed paddle, with exercises to maintain good form. You are welcome to take this course a few times, to make sure your core skills are nicely refined.

FREE Intermediate Surfski Paddling Lesson

Saturdays 10am to 11.30am  / Sundays 8am to 9.30am

So you have mastered the basics of paddling a surf-ski and are looking for more speed, more efficiency and maybe the feeling that now is the right time to get into some heavier water conditions.
Speed, waves, ocean swells and exhilarating times out there with your mates. This is the period when surf-ski paddling takes a turn for the better and you start to understand what these craft are capable of really doing. It does take a lift in your core skills and confidence.
The Intermediate Surf-Ski Course will assist in lifting these skills and get you on your way to the freedom that is surf-ski.
The components within this course can be built upon several times and therefore this is the perfect course to come and do several times, until you are feeling like a pro.

FREE Surf-Ski Safety and Deep Water Re-Entry Course

Sundays  10am to 11.30am 

One of the greatest joys of paddling a surf-ski, is getting out there in the ocean swells and feeling the invigoration of the speeds that can be achieved. This open ocean experience does have its dangerous side and great care must always be taken.
Our safety and deep water re-entry course will equip you with some necessary skills and techniques for: rescue / recovery (for yourself and your mates) as well as getting back into your ski with a deep water re-entry.
The skills learnt in this course are crucial and can save a life.

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Private Lessons

Private Lessons - Kayak or Surf Ski


Enjoy the benefits of one-on-one attention to ensure you improve your skills, learn new strokes, and paddle like a pro.

Private Lessons can be 100% customised to suit your needs.