Prepare for the event!

Haven’t paddled before? Feeling unfit at the moment? Want to get an edge on your fellow competitors? There is no better way to prepare than to get out on the water and get a feel for what it is like out there!

AROC Sport highly recommends some kind of training before the event to make the experience on the event day more enjoyable for participants. Paddling is a fun activity, but requires the use of muscles that are not normally exercised. There are also very simple tips to paddle more effectively that can be given by any experienced kayakers to improve your technique, and your style.

AROC Sport recommends the following training options.


Prokayaks logo

Situated on Narrabeen Lake, ProKayaks offer kayak hire and lessons for all levels of paddlers.

ProKayaks also has a number of both the 2 seater and 3 seater kayaks that are used for the Team Challenge. So you can head over to Narrabeen Lake and do some practicing. You can also hire craft from Pro Kayaks for the event and they will deliver them to the start and pick up at the finish. /02 9970 7081

Fitness Angels

SPECIAL OFFER for Kayak for Kids paddlers:

Simply go to, click on the “Fitness and Social Paddles” timetable and select a paddle, then enter LIFESTART at the checkout to receive 50% off paddle training.


Check out this very comprehensive 10-minute video from Guy Leech and Tommy Woodriff about basic paddling tips for a better experience at the event! Click here.

Oz Paddle Special Training Sessions:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Rose Bay – 6.15am start for a one hour session at $25pp. Contact or 0416 239 543.

Training at the Andrew Boy Charlton pool – 6.30am start until 7.45am at $25pp. Contact or 0430 950 333.

Paddle NSW logo

PaddleNSW is the peak state paddling organisation. It offers a range of paddling experiences to prepare you and make the event more enjoyable. Visit for information to see where and when they will be running their training for beginners, their pre-event familiarisation trips, checklists for pre-preparation and a list of qualified coaches to provide you with the edge over your competitors. Check out their Introduction to Paddling page.


Sydney-Harbour-Kayaks-web Under the Paddle Safe / Paddle Smart program, developed by the team at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, we offer three types of FREE kayak lessons and one FREE Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson.

These free kayaking & SUP lessons have been designed to make you self sufficient and safe on the water. They are by no means a marketing ploy and we have taken great care to make sure these lessons achieve the best result for you.

1) free learn to kayak lessons
2) free intro to freeride kayaking lessons
3) free kayak safety lessons
4) free SUP lesson

Duration of these lessons are: 3 Hours for kayaking and 2 hours for SUP

The Learn to Kayak Lesson runs from 9 AM to 12 PM Every Saturday Morning.  The Kayak Safety Lesson runs from 12.30 PM to 3.30 PM Every Saturday Afternoon.  The Introduction to Freeride Kayak Lesson runs from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM Every Sunday Morning. The Learn to Stand-Up Paddle Board Lesson runs from 9 AM to 11 AM and 11.30am to 1.30 PM Every Sunday Morning.

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