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Kayak Development Course – North Shore


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Kayak Development Course

Welcome to the kayak development course

This course is for those who have completed the Yakity Yak enrolment course/Kayaking Skills Course and wish to expand their kayaking skills and knowledge along with having loads of fun with new friends. If you have not completed this course bookings can be made here.

Outline for Development Course:


Three pool sessions on Tuesday evenings on the 3rd, 10th and 17th of October, time and venue TBC. During these sessions we will develop your water confidence along with self and group rescue and start you on learning to eskimo roll.


Three evening theory sessions on Thursday evenings on the 12th October and the 19th and 26th of October at Canoe & Kayak Albany 2/20 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay from 7.30 to 9pm. These will cover weather and navigation, planning packing and camping, equipment design and use and maintenance, rescue systems and rescue management.

On water sessions:

Three Sunday afternoon skills development sessions 1pm to 4pm on the 15th, 22nd and 29th of October. These will be based at a North Shore Beach/ lake or estuary depending on weather and tides. These will build on your personal paddle and kayaking skills, with the aim to develop a strong competent paddler capable of enjoying a wider range of kayaking adventures.

Outcome for attendees:

To develop your skills, knowledge, and confidence along with a network of mates, allowing you to expand your kayaking adventures and to make the most out of the opportunities that the Yakity Yak Club and New Zealand kayaking has to offer.


Hire equipment is available and will be transported to the Sunday sessions by the Canoe & Kayak team at the cost of $40 per kayak. Participants must have suitable personal paddling clothing. Only Canoe & Kayak kayaks can be used in the pool for cleaning and congestion issues, there is no extra charge for the use of these.

The instruction team:

The course is run by the Canoe & Kayak team of experienced instructors.


The cost is $595 for the general public. Yakity Yak members receive a 25% subsidy by the Yakity Yak Club making the members cost $446.25.

Numbers are limited to 8.

Safety Terms and Customer Declaration

In any adventure activity, there is an element of risk involved. Risks in undertaking this activity include drowning, illness as a result of adverse weather conditions, water damage to personal belongings, and contact with wildlife.
The Staff and management of Canoe & Kayak take all practicable steps to identify and mimimise potential dangers. However, you must follow our instructions and use the provided safety equipment at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Canoe & Kayak and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
We reserve the right to withdraw any person who in our opinion is likely to endanger themselves or others. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour if we become concerned for any reason for your safety or that of any other person.

WARNING: Under New Zealand law it is extremely unlikely that you will be able to sue anyone if you are injured. In Addition, New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme provides only limited assistance to visitors to New Zealand who are injured. We strongly recommend that all visitors to New Zealand have full insurance covering any injury they might suffer, including medical treatment cover, before undertaking this activity.

EXCLUSIONS: To the extent permitted by law, all our liability for damage to your property, disruption to travel plans, or mental injury is excluded. This exclusion is subject to any rights or remedies you may have under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
Please notify us of any medical conditions or other information we need to know to include you safely in this activity. For example: asthma, allergies, heart conditions, epilepsy, or pregnancy.

You are entitled to access any information we hold about you or to request its correction at any time.

For more information or to sign up please email us or call us at (09) 479 1002

2/20 Ascension Place Off Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay northshore@canoeandkayak.co.nz Canoe & Kayak, sponsors of the Yakity Yak Kayak Club. outdoors MarkOutdoorsMark is a national outdoor safety audit programme designed by the New Zealand outdoors community for the New Zealand outdoors community.

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