White Water Kayak courses

Learn the about the equipment, techniques and safety

White water Kayak course


We offer a range of courses and instruction options for beginners, intermediate to advanced paddlers. We also stock a full range of new, second hand kayaks and paddling equipment. We also offer kayak rentals for those travelling without their gear. Check out www.paddlezone.co.za for the shop.


Individual Instruction – R500.00 per session (3hrs) + travel if outside greater Cape Town. One on one for really personalized attention. This is ideal for tackling specific skills such as rolling, river running and paddle strokes. It can be held in the sea, pool or river.

Rolling clinic – R295.00 p/p for one and half hour session + travel if outside of greater Cape Town. Kayak and equipment included. Held in a swimming pool in groups of no more that three. You learn the basic rolling technique, which will allow you to go away and perfect the roll at your leisure.

Introductory Kayak Course – R995.00 pp (Instruction only). One night’s camping accommodation in the Palmiet River Campsite is included.

These courses are held over a weekend to cater for recreational paddlers. Our usual training venue is the Palmiet River, which is ideal since it has a wide range of conditions within a small area. Suitable for beginners or intermediate paddlers wanting to improve their technique or correct bad habits, the course focuses on the basics:

  • Equipment: boats, paddles, accessories.
  • Basic paddle strokes and techniques.
  • River features, hazards and terminology.
  • Eskimo rolling in white water – note this is not learning from scratch!
  • Optional down river run.

Advanced Kayak Course – R895.00p/p (Instruction only). One night’s camping accommodation in the Palmiet River Campsite is included.

Held on a variety of rivers, depending on group skill level, this course is aimed at the paddler who has the basic skills in place. The weekend course focuses on advanced paddling techniques, playing the river and Swift water safety and rescue for kayakers. Maximum of 6 per group. Topics covered include the following;

  • Advanced paddling, strokes and rolling techniques.
  • Reading and running whitewater.
  • Rope work and throw bagging.
  • Recovery techniques, pulley systems – uses and setups.
  • Leadership and group dynamics.
  • Rescue and evacuation

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