Introduction to Kayaking Courses

Experience the superb coastline of Jersey and develop your kayak skills on our introduction to kayaking courses in Jersey.

All courses are run by experienced British Canoeing coaches who are passionate about kayaking and are Jersey residents who have kayaked worldwide. We’ll show you some of the best kayaking around Jersey. Derek Hairon is the author of the Channel Island section of Southeast England and Channel Islands sea kayaking guidebook.

Our ratios do not exceed eight clients to 1 instructor. In many courses, the ratio is reduced.

1:1 lessons for both sea kayak and sit-on-tops can be arranged.

All equipment, including male and female-sized wetsuits, is supplied. Drysuit hire is possible.

If you do not see, what you want, contact Derek.

Introduction to Kayaking Courses

Introduction to kayaking courses

Discover Jersey on our Introduction to kayaking courses

This is for anyone who wants to discover sea kayaking or improve her/his paddle skills.

Our choice of user-friendly sit-on-top or sit-inside sea kayaks means you’ll quickly master the basics. Accompanied by local expert staff, explore caves, arches, and remote beaches. All the time, we’ll keep our eyes open for marine life and dozens of different seabirds.

We aim to kayak from as many locations as possible during the course and not remain stuck in one bay. Opportunity to be assessed for British Canoeing Paddlepower Start, Discover and Explore Awards.

Special price, if you have all your equipment.

2024 dates are listed in our online booking system.

See our booking pages for all dates.

Please email us for private lessons.

Introduction to Kayaking Courses (1-day class)

This class is ideal for anyone considering kayaking or unsure if paddlesport suits them. 

The marketplace for kayaks and gear is massive – and it is easy to buy the wrong gear. This course will not only develop your skills but may also save you money. Over 6 hours, we’ll cover essential paddle techniques and safety. You’ll also get top tips from some of the island’s most experienced kayakers and the author of “Sit-on-top Kayak. A Beginner’s Manual”.

Those planning to go kayak fishing (or already are) can practice capsizing and rescue methods with fishing gear and anchoring techniques.

There is a reduced price if you have all your equipment and a kayak.

All equipment is supplied with a selection of sit-on-top/sit-inside kayaks to help you discover the best design.

Contact us for 2024 dates. 0900-1500

Contact us for other dates. Option to book a private class (this can be for up to two people).

Free kayak Safety class

Our free kayak class is an excellent opportunity to get top tips and safety advice from the experts at Jersey Kayak Adventures, the island’s only specialist kayak company.

The 2-hour class is ideal for anyone who owns or is considering buying a kayak. 

The class is free if you use your kayak, paddle, wetsuit, buoyancy aid, paddle jacket and footwear.

If you need to use one of our kayaks, you can join the class for £38.50 (which includes the kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, paddle jacket, and long-john-style wetsuit).

2024 dates can be viewed and booked online via our booking system.

See our booking pages for all dates.

One-Off Kayaking Classes

Our daily  Kayak Tours are ideal for anyone wanting to see if they enjoy kayaking before committing to a course.