Paddle School

Paddle School

Our paddle school runs all year, providing Kayak and SUP instruction with our experienced and qualified guides.

Whether you are complete beginner, a budding multisport athlete or a keen whitewater enthusiast! We will have you skilled and proficient to compete and participate safely.

  • NZOIA qualified Kayak/Sea Kayak Instructors.
  • ISA qualified SUP instructors
  • SNZ approved SUP School
  • OutdoorsMark certified

All of our Paddle school courses are run on demand – just give us a call to discuss! We can even tailor the courses to suit your needs and schedule and offer one on one private lessons if preferred. We provide the gear or you can bring your own.

SUP Introduction

With a focus on fun and correct technique from the beginning, this is our most popular course especially suited for new SUP-ers!

This popular introductory level SUP course is run regularly throughout the week in the summer and by demand at other times.

Allow 1 hour.

Learning outcomes:

  • Correct paddle stroke techniques – forward, braking and sweep strokes
  • Foot positions
  • Falling off correctly
  • Remounting the board
  • SUP handling and safety

SUP Advanced

Looking to explore further and not get tired? Be stronger in the wind or moving water? Or maybe you’re keen to enter a race?

Learning outcomes:

  • Correct technique
  • Paddling in wind chop
  • Downwind paddling
  • Catching waves
  • Pivot turns
  • Stroke efficiency for longer distances
  • SUP handling and safety

Kayak  – Grade 2, moving water certificates 

Our NZOIA qualified instructors can teach you all the safety and skills you need to complete for your grade 2 moving water certificate.

This is a two day course and prior booking is essential. A course will run with a minimum of 2 persons.

Learning outcomes:

Rolling tutorials /lessons

Rolling a kayak is a handy skill, the best and safest way to recover from a capsized kayak. A safety skill essential for the water and whitewater enthusiasts amongst us.

Learning outcomes:

Kayak – Sea Kayak tuition 

Our NZOIA qualified instructors run tutorials and lessons on request.

Learning outcomes:

Email ops@paddlewanaka.co.nz for further details.