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Beginner Kayaking Course, Beginner Kayaking Courses Austria
Beginner Kayaking Course
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Our Beginner Kayak Course is the perfect introduction to the sport of kayaking.  We start the first day getting our confidence, learning the basics - forward and backward paddling, edging and bracing.  Once we have mastered the basics we head off onto moving water on one of our local rivers all set in some of the most picturesque scenery the Austrian Alps has to offer!

No date to suit your plans, holiday or needs?

Just drop us an email or give us a call.  We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!!

Day 1

We usually meet at the bakery in Schnann around 9.30 in the morning, grab our lunch and then head up to a small lake situated high up in the mountains.  The lake is the perfect spot, sheltered, warm water and with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and hanging glaciers.

You will be given your modern personal kayaking equipment for the duration of the course consisting of: a wetsuit, kayaking jacket (cag), spray deck, buoyancy aid, helmet and sturdy wetsuit boots.

Then it is the hardware: a modern state of the art kayak and paddle.  We spend time making sure that the kayak fits to our individual bodies by adjusting the foot brace and back band then putting in the right amount of foam and hip pads enabling you to have great boat control and perfect fit!

Next are some warm up exercises and dry land practices with our paddle and sitting in the kayak.  The Kayak School Instructors will give you a full safety briefing including demonstrations.

Now it is time to get onto the water!  We spend a while getting used to our kayaks, gaining confidence and balance turning the kayaks and then learning to paddle forwards.

Lunch is taken by the lake, there are a couple of benches and a table for use to kick back and enjoy the outdoors!

Day 2

In the morning we head back to the lake where we go over first what we learnt the day before.  We now start to learn specific skills for the river such as edging, leaning downstream and boat control.  Firstly we explain about moving water and how this affects our kayak and how we can use the water to our advantage, next it is all about river terminology.  This is all done on the bank in our sand pit!  We head back onto the lake to get a feeling for the techniques we will be using on moving water.  Finally we do a few safety drills and even practice rolling over the kayak and self rescuing using a friend, partner or the instructor.

Lunch is taken again by the lake.

In the afternoon we head to one of our local rivers, the Rosanna - a great little river with class I-II moving water.  Here we will be heading down the river getting used to the speed and effect moving water has on our kayak and how we can with positive paddle strokes control our kayak and stay online.  We will work on turning our kayak, moving from one side of the river to the other, basic edging, leaning and not forgetting to take in where we are and all of the surroundings.  There is a path that goes down both sides of the river so do not be afraid to wave at the walkers, bikers or joggers.  They will certainly stop and be amazed at how good you are kayaking and will be blown away to realize this is only your second day!!

Day 3

On our final day we head to the picturesque valley of Lech.  A beautiful area with outstanding scenery all set in a National Park with one of the Alps last free flowing rivers!  The Lech Valley is just one over from our base and to get there we will go over 2 mountain passes (Arlberg and Flexen Pass) and past one of the best gorges in the Alps.

We spend the whole day journeying down the River Lech.  Throughout the day we put into practice the techniques we have learnt over the past two days plus we now start to learn how to eddy in and out of the river (does not make sense? It will after day two and river terminology).  We will also have plenty of action with waves and rapids to run

Lunch is taken by the side of the river with the views of the mountains, alpine meadows and flowers all around.  Do not worry about your lunch though, we will carry that for you in one of our waterproof dry bags.  All you need to take is your water bottle!

After lunch we continue downstream learning to cross the river and keeping our kayak on the right course using edge and boat control and positive paddle strokes.  Throughout the day we will explain the line down the rapid and you will be following one of our Instructors along the way.  One rapid we will get out to scout our line, a class III- that is the culmination of everything you have learnt and developed over the past 3 days.  Again one of our Instructors will be in front to show you the line (in case you forgot) and from now on we make the most of the waves, currents and other rapids downstream.  When we arrive at our take-out you will be amazed at just how good kayaking is and why you had never tried it before.

Instructors / Coaches

All of our Instructors/Coaches are fully qualified and have a wealth of experience teaching kayaking not just in Austria but all over the world.  Our Instructors/Coaches will tailer the course to your individual needs which enables you to learn at your own pace and with the utmost of professionalism your kayaking skills will progress extremely fast.

Group Composition

We work on a maximum ratio of 1:3 on our Beginners Course.  Our average ratio over the past 5 years has been 1:2


Kayaking is a dynamic sport.  Though you do not have to be an Olympic athlete, an active lifestyle will certainly help.  We will be kayaking for around 4-5 hours each day.

Kit to bring

Throughout the course you will need: a thermal top, swimwear, suncream, towel, water bottle, change of clothing and a sense of adventure!


If you do not have your own vehicle we can organize transfers, pick-ups and drop-offs etc.  Just get in touch with us before hand.

Accommodation & Food

There are plenty of options for accommodation ranging from campsites, bed & breakfast, holiday flats all the way to 4 Star Hotels within the region.  Please take a look at our Partners page for recommended options for accommodation and restaurants.  For lunch we usually meet or stop off at the local bakery.

No date to suit your plans, holiday or needs?

Just drop us an email or give us a call.  We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!!

Click HERE to read about Kayaking in Austria

In the afternoon we start with some practices from the morning session followed by learning more basic techniques such as paddling backwards, easy edging and light bracing (to help us from tipping over if we lose our balance).

Throughout the day our Kayak School Instructors will have all sorts of goals, games and activities to help you progress with your newly learned skills.  

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Our 3 Day Course...

Group Course Prices

2 Day Kayak Course EUR 260 per person

3 Day Kayak Course EUR 360 per person

4 Day Kayak Course EUR 440 per person

Private Courses

€185 per person - for one person per day

€160 per person - for two people per day

€140 per person - for three or more people per day

Beginners Course Dates:

20 - 21 May 2017

25 - 27 May 2017

31 May - 02 June 2017

17 - 18 June 2017

01 - 03 July 2017

15 - 16 July 2017

04 - 06 August 2017

19 - 20 August 2017

02 - 04 September 2017

16 - 17 September 2017

23 - 24 September 2017

Beginners Kayaking Course