Learn to Paddle- Kids courses

Takapuna Boating Club is offering “Learn to Paddle” courses for kids aged 10-13 years, delivering Canoe Racing New Zealand’s accredited “Try Learn Explore” paddling program.
This program is participant-focused and centred around having fun, developing wellbeing and learning paddling skills and water confidence.


This initial 8-week course introduces kids to surfski paddling and then teaches them the skills to paddle their surfski effectively and safely, and to be safe and confident on the water.

Boats, paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs) are provided.

Where: Takapuna Beach in front of Takapuna Boating Club. In cases where the conditions are not suitable at Takapuna, we may run the session at nearby Lake Pupuke.

When: This is an 8 week course, with one 75 minute session each Sunday.
            Two course times are available- Sunday 8am-9.15am or Sunday 9.30am-10.45am

Week 1: Sunday 23rd February
Week 2: Sunday 1st March
Week 3: Sunday 8th March
Week 4: Sunday 15th March
Week 5: Sunday 22nd March
Week 6: Sunday 29th March
Week 7: Sunday 5th April
(no paddling 12th April- Easter Sunday)
Week 8: Sunday 19th April

Note: If you would like your child to participate but Sunday mornings do not suit, please register your interest as we could add additional weekday courses based on demand. Email events@takapunaboating.org.nz

Who:   Suitable for kids aged 10-13 years. No previous paddling experience is required.
This course is particularly appropriate for intermediate school kids who wish to compete in kayaking at the AIMS Games in Tauranga in September.

Cost:    $80 per child for an 8-week course.

What to bring:
              - wear suitable swimming attire- we recommend wetsuits but this is not required.
              - hat and sunscreen

Register now

Places are strictly limited and will be on a first-in, first served basis..


If you have any queries, please contact Danika at events@takapunaboating.org.nz or 0212026154