Learn to Kayak


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.


3) FREE Intro to Freeride Lessons


Freeride kayaking embraces the spirit of freedom and exploration. It is about setting your own course; redefining boundaries and not being limited to one style of paddling.

Freeride kayaking blends the adventure of sea kayaking; the speed of surf ski paddling and the absolute thrill of catching swells and boat wakes or of surfing spilling waves.

Sea kayaking has always been about exploration and adventure, while the development of several 'stable' surfski type craft (like the Epic V6, Epic V8 or Fenn Blue Fin etc) have also made performance paddling accessible to everyone.

Now with the Freeride category drawing on a variety of disciplines, Freeride craft offer the best of both performance and versatility.

Prerequisites: You must be an intermediate kayak or surfski paddler.

If you have never kayaked or surf ski paddled before, please enroll in the Learn to Kayak Lesson and the kayak safety lesson prior to the Freeride Kayaking lesson.

The Freeride kayak model we recommend for the 'Intro to Freeride' lessons is the 583 Freeride by Mirage.

Mirage 583 freeride 

Prerequisites: Anyone that wishes to learn the freeride technique of kayaking (You must be at least an intermediate level of kayak paddling). If you have never kayaked or surf ski paddled before, please enroll in the Learn to Kayak Lesson prior to this lesson.





The Paddle Safe / Paddle Smart Kayak Lessons are FREE.

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


NOTE: Many surf skis are very unstable and using an unstable (or Tippy) kayak in your early stages of learning can make it difficult for you to become an efficient paddler.

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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