New to paddling

If you’re new to paddling, we can help you.

If you would like to take up a sport with low impact, all levels of intensity, accessibility to start at any age and ability (we have members who started in their teens, twenties, forties, and seventies!) plenty of locations and competitive events to discover, and a friendly family culture, then we are really happy for you to give kayaking a go.

Starting is easy

It’s really easy to get involved. Please contact our experienced Club Coach, Gavin Elmiger, if you are interested in coming along to a Saturday morning session to test the waters at Lake Pupuke. Our clubrooms are at 1A Northcote Rd, Takapuna (Link to Google Maps).

We can find a stable boat for you to try out, provide a life jacket and a paddle – as well as a hot shower when you are finished. You don’t need an expensive wet suit to paddle, but the ability to swim to shore is important in case you tip out.

Join the club for more

Once you have tried it out –  why not sign up as a member and then you can register to join in our regular Tuesday afternoon development training group. That’s where you’ll start to see real progress and get more feedback, plus have fun with other paddlers who are also starting out.

Many of the paddlers in this group move on quickly to take part in canoe sprint regattas and longer-distance races run by Canoe Racing New Zealand among all the New Zealand canoe clubs at beautiful scenic locations such as Lake Karapiro (near Cambridge) and Lake Tikitapu (near Rotorua).

There are also other events you can take part in once you have got your technique in order (and maybe have your own boat and paddle) including coastal and river races, downwind surf ski and multi-sport events. Depending on how fast you progress through development, we also run early morning sessions almost every day for our more experienced paddlers.

Whatever level you want to take it to, kayaking or canoeing regularly will build your core, burn fat and increase your stamina. It’s also fun!

More questions?

  • If you have any questions about our training programme please talk to Gavin Elmiger, our Club Coach.
  • If you are interested in joining the club please contact the Club Secretary .

Additional private one-on-one coaching sessions are also available at an additional charge. Contact Gavin Elmiger for more information.


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