Kayak Intro Course

Kayak Intro Course in Cape Town by Kaskazi Kayak and Adventures


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Kindly note that we solely operate on Saturdays.

As we highly value sea kayak safety, Kaskazi Kayaks And Adventure provides a preliminary proficiency programme, teaching the basic principles of kayaking safety. Beginners with no prior experience are welcome and all necessities are supplied, including kayaks and safety equipment. If one's own kayak is used, it is advised to complete the safety programme with that kayak to fully benefit from the programme.

Aims of the programme: Clear grasp of rescue procedures and safety gear Can paddle and steer a kayak with competence Understanding of weather and sea restrictions Acquainted with the coastline from Granger Bay to Clifton Conscious of rescue and capsizing procedures

09h00 – 09h15 Opening and formal weather review 09h15 – 10h00 Mastering the 5 essential paddling strokes 10h00 – 11h00 Learning to launch, stabilize and steer the kayak 11h00 – 11h15 Recess 11h15 – 11h30 Pre-launch briefing including route specifications and a safety check 11h30 – 13h00 Run-through of newly developed skills relating to safety, weather, and awareness of the coastline. 13h00 – 13h30 Introduction to rescue and capsizing procedures 13h30 – non-mandatory, personal demonstrations of Kaskazi kayaks

*Kindly arrive at the office 15 minutes prior to the start-off time.

What people say

Very friendly trainer, Tienie, but disappointing. It started off really well, with demonstrations o...  -  Caroline Blick.



4 hours


All Year


Kaskazi Kayaks And Adventures, 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005.


Stable seas

What to Wear:

Comfortable beach wear (quick dry clothing is not essential but it is more comfortable). You can change and leave bags in the shop. There are lockers with padlocks for valuables. You typically get wet during the capsize exercises so you can bring a towel and a change of clothes for afterwards.

Things to bring:

Sun protection (such as suncream, a hat and sunglasses) as well as water, should you wish to drink something.

Guests or Spectators:

Beach front walks, restaurant close by

Min Age:


Max Weight:


Certification Required:

No previous paddling experience is needed.
Inclusions & Exclusions


All kayaking and safety gear.


Items of a personal nature.

Opinions On Kayak Intro Course

What the locals say about Kayak Intro Course.

Caroline Blick

Very friendly trainer, Tienie, but disappointing. It started off really well, with demonstrations of rowing strokes, Tienie checking each of us in turn. After that we went into the water and were left without any training at all. We were given no opportunity to practise our turns, stops or back-paddling and to have these corrected. This was what anyone would expect from such a course. All that was required was follow the trainer, usually far ahead. His aim was to ensure we knew our endurance limits: how far we could go out and back before we became tired. This was indeed very useful and an important part of the safety training. Towards the end there was to be a capsize drill.....an essential part of safety training and part of this particular course. Tienie made it far too easy for any of us to back out, stressing not only that no-one would be forced to do anything they didn't want to do, but effectively encouraging us to decline. As a result, of the 5 students, only one, in a single kayak, did the drill. I was very eager but my husband took the easy way out. He would not have done, and neither would the girls in the other boat, had Tienie put it like this: " If you're frightened because you can't swim, or think you'll never be on the sea or in rough weather and will never ever capsize, no one's forcing you to do anything you can't do ("can't", not "don't want to").However capsize drill is part of the course, you've signed up for it and being able to right your kayak is a course outcome. We'll be doing this boat by boat and I'll be right next to you all the way. You're first." I've no doubt all 5 of us, 3 kayaks, would have had this essential training. An enjoyable morning but not what was offered and not what we signed up for.

Charlene Weiss

It was great. Trainer was friendly and patient. Looking forward to joining more group paddles!

Simon kay

Spent the morning with art learning the basics of using a kayak at sea. Perfect comprehensive introduction, especially for someone like myself who has not spent any time at sea. Covering safety, weather, control, various strokes. Most of all had a lot of fun out on the water too with Art a who is extremely knowledgeable. Brilliant way to get familiar with a sea kayak and the coast near sea point.

Sue Hawkridge

Good safety and weather preparation, unobtrusive but careful supervision where needed, excellent tuition, and effective capsize training :) Such a lovely morning - the dolphins were wonderful and the company most pleasant. Thank you all. Sue

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From the Swahili meaning 'North Wind', Kaskazi Kayaks And Adventures is a dedicated sea kayak and adventure centre, situated in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa.

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