Dates for Basic Skills NOW AVAILABLE!

Basic skills course dates for the Summer season have now been set. Below there is information regarding these courses and a link to the full course information page.

Basic Skills

Basic Skills courses are intended for people who wish to learn to paddle either kayak or canoe on calm inland waters. Subsequent courses, such as the Introduction to Sea Kayak Skills or Flatwater Skills courses, equip you for paddling in other waters.

The programme is designed to cater for all ability levels, with the aim of showing you how to enjoy the excitement and challenges of canoe touring in safety.

 The course includes the basic strokes for either kayak or canoe, and the important safety and rescue procedures.
A set of notes is provided, covering equipment, paddling skills, rescues, safety code, environmental code, and lists of other resources.

The courses generally run from 9am – 4pm.

Courses are to be conducted on the following dates:
October 15th
November 5th
December 4th
January 14th
February 5th & 18th
March 4th & 19th

Fees and Registration

The course fee is $90 (inc GST) and includes all equipment, instruction, notes and Australian Canoeing Basic Skills Award Certificate on sucessful assessment. 
Payment can be made by cheque, money order or credit card (Bankcard/Mastercard/Visa). 
Registration forms for the courses are available by clicking HERE. (109Kb PDF file). 
Registration for courses generally closes on the Monday prior, however please call the office as vacancies are often available.

April / May dates will be listed early in 2006.

Courses for small groups or individuals can be run to suit. Please contact the office for more details.

Canoe or Kayak?

The kayak is the better choice for more open waters where wind and chop may be a problem (kayaks only are used at sea). There is less stowage space, and access to stowed gear is not as easy. Kayaks are usually better as singles, and are paddled with double blade paddles.

The open canoe is the ideal craft for the Murray backwaters and similar areas. It has plenty of room for gear, and is easy to load and comfortable to paddle, with a single blade paddle. The canoe works better as a double. 


Following successful assessment you will be granted the Basic Skills award. Your details will be registered by Australian Canoeing. You are then encouraged to join a club, and to continue training for other skill and instructional awards. Courses are available through Canoe SA.


Boats and accessories are provided. Single kayaks and double canoes are available. You may use your own equipment if it is suitable: please ask well before the course.
More course information is available on the Course Information page