Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Beginner Skills Course


Designed for those paddlers that seek to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to safely and competently undertake a grade 1-2 whitewater journey without Guide or  instructor supervision. A great introduction to whitewater kayaking – beginners very welcome

Feb 23-25th 2024
Most likely will be hosted on the Nymboida river, NSW
Based at Nymboida Camping & Canoe centre
or alternatively on the Upper Boorimbah/Clarence river
Based at the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge
*Location will be confirmed prior to the event after we have assessed river conditions and recent rainfall

If you would like the official skills certificate, you will also need to register and complete a form through Paddle Australia


Yes when we say KAYAK we mean those little boats you might see people in and wonder – where did they put there legs? We will teach you all the basics to be able to manoeuvre your kayak downstream, how to hop out safely if it flips upside down. A great way to learn a new skill in a wilderness setting and meet some lovely people along the way

This course will run you through the skills and knowledge to personally paddle a Kayak on Grade 2 Whitewater. This is a great course to get the basic skills so you can dip your toes into the sport, and open up opportunities for future river exploration in the region.

Designed for those paddlers that seek to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to safely and competently undertake a journey (post-course) without Guide or  instructor supervision. Or have the basic skills to join others and feel comfortable they could look after themselves.

Course Duration: Training Course:3 days

Feb 23-25th 2024

Equipment: Included in the course is hire of a kayak including a spraydeck, paddle, lifejacket, helmet and dry bag. You can bring your own if you would prefer. Please let us know if you are taller or larger than average as we will need to bring a different kayak for your size. Our main fleet is multi-fit and able to support most sizes under 6 ft and less than 100kg comfortably.

Pre requisites: NIL, However if you want to get the official Paddle Australia certificate a minimum logbook is required, these requirements can be found in the Assessment Guidelines. Please pay particular attention to the logbook requirements that need to be logged in your Paddlelog. To do this you will also need to to register with Paddle NSW


  • Practical: Completed through the training/assessment day
  • Quiz: An online quiz is made available to participants upon registration that needs to be completed prior to the practical program

Included in the cost is $20 Paddle Australia registration fee that provides 3 years membership.

Byo food, paddling and camping gear or depending on what the rivers are doing and where we host the course, accommodation is available nearby at the Clarence river wilderness lodge, the Nymboida Camping & Canoeing Centre or the Gorge station.

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