Under the Paddle Safe / Paddle Smart program, developed by the Professional team at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, we offer three types of FREE kayak lessons.

These free lessons have been designed to make you self sufficient and safe on the water. They are by no means a marketing ploy and we have taken great care to make sure these kayak lessons achieve the best result for you.

1) FREE Learn to Kayak Lessons

2) FREE Kayak Safety Lessons

3) FREE Intro to Freeride Lessons 


Duration of these lessons are: 3 Hours

The Learn to Kayak Lesson runs from 9 AM-12 PM Every Saturday Morning.

The Kayak Safety Lesson runs from 12.30 PM to 3.30 PM Every Saturday Afternoon.

The Intro to Freeride Kayaking Lesson runs from 9.30 AM - 12.30 PM Every Sunday Morning.

2) FREE Kayak Safety Lessons:

This continues on from our simplest introductory course and focuses on the SAFETY aspect of kayaking.

This lesson applies to many different types of paddlers or varied ability. The skills taught during this lesson are very important to know, understand and execute. They can greatly assist in averting a bad on-water experience

If you do not have your own kayak then we will be teaching this lesson in sea kayaks like the image below.

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The Paddle Safe Paddle Smart FREE Safety Lesson will focus on the following 6 points:


1. Injury Prevention

2. Rafting

3. Wet Exit (without skirt)

4. Self recovery (deep water)

5. Assisted Recovery

6. Paddling Assistance


We highly recommend wearing a wetsuit during the winter months.


Prerequisites: Any paddler that would like to learn safety techniques or would like to be refreshed on their safety skills.


NOTE: You are welcome to do this lesson a couple of times to make sure you can master these skills.



The Paddle Safe / Paddle Smart Kayak Lessons are FREE.

If you do not have your own kayak then the rental will cost $50.00 for the duration of the lesson.

Course Size: Minimum # of Students: 3, Maximum: 6

Booking a Free Kayak lesson with Sydney Harbour Kayaks is easy.

Please phone us on 02 9969-4590 or email us at info@sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au

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