Learn to paddle

Learn to paddle this summer (2019/2020)

The first courses for the year have been scheduled:

  1. Saturday November 9,16 and 23
  2. Sunday November 17, 24 and December 1
  3. Saturday December 7, Sunday December 8 and Saturday December 21

The Learn to Paddle program is for adults or families who are new to paddling or have not paddled flatwater kayaks before. People who have only paddled sea kayaks or plastic sit-on-tops should consider doing the course as flatwater kayaking needs extra skills and balance.

The aim is for participants to develop basic skills and confidence in touring kayaks (usually a TK1) to ensure safe, independent paddling.

Learn to Paddle – Group based course 

The group-based program (usually with 8 people) is conducted under the supervision of a Level 1 qualified coach, with all equipment provided and consists of three two-hour sessions held over consecutive weeks. The cost of the course is $100 and bookings are required. Please note that the fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Most courses are conducted on Saturdays between 11 am and 1 pm, with some scheduled for Sundays. Please check the dates to ensure you are available for all 3 sessions as catch-up sessions are not available.

During the warmer months, courses start every few weeks providing we have enough people. If there are not enough people to start a course, we will contact you and make other arrangements.

Although a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) will be worn at all times during the course, participants should be able to swim 25 metres and be comfortable in deep water. If you cannot swim, please do not register for a course, but contact the club for more information.

Children (over 10 years) can learn to paddle by participating in our Junior Program.

Learn to Paddle – Private lessons course 

If the available group courses do not suit you, or you prefer to learn with a private coach, a private course is also available.

Lessons are conducted under the supervision of a Level 1 qualified coach, with all equipment provided. It consists of three (3) lessons of 1-hour duration for each session, at a time to be agreed between you and your coach. The cost of the course is $150 and bookings are required. Please note that the fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

You will be contacted by a course co-ordinator or coach, to discuss and arrange your session dates and times.

What’s next?

Looking to improve, but not quite comfortable enough to go out on your own? 

What about our Beyond Beginner course?

Beyond Beginners is a continuation program designed for participants who have already completed the INCC 3-session Learn to Paddle course, but are not confident enough to paddle independently or unsure about joining the club.

This program provides an additional 2 lessons (min 1 hour each) with a Level 1 qualified coach.  The scheduling of the session will be flexible to suit the needs of the participants.  The cost for the course is $90.

To be eligible, you must have completed the Learn to Paddle in the last 12 months. Bookings are required (please note that the fee is non-transferable and non-refundable).

Registration for all the learn to paddle programs are through the Paddle Australia membership and events system. There are 3 steps:

  1. Join INCC Yarra Paddlers using the ‘learn to paddle’ membership category – this free one-month membership provides insurance cover for the course and for a visit or two afterwards
  2. Search for and select ‘Learn-to-paddle with INCC Yarra Paddlers’
  3. Select the course type and dates and go through to the shopping cart to pay the fee

If you have questions, send us a message