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    Youth Development

Auckland Sea Kayaks are specialists in marine based education and offer comprehensive youth development programmes, kayak courses, adventure race training, and multi-day excursions.

We aim to build confidence on the water for guests of all abilities so they can relax, enjoy their experiences and become fully immersed in nature.

See below for our current youth development programmes or get in touch for bespoke education experiences.

Hine Moana kayak sail

Hine Moana Programme

Our female-specific youth development programme – Hine Moana – is delivered over 5 days of sailing and kayaking. Our programme is for 15-17 year old females in schools, and various community groups to build their confidence in the outdoors. Where possible, we use female kayak guides and skippers as role models to deliver this programme.

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Tīkapa Moana Youth Explorer

Tīkapa Moana Youth Explorer is a 5 day Sailing and Kayaking Adventurous Journey. Tīkapa Moana Youth Explorer challenges all students between 13-18 years of age to find the grit and determination to succeed.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award

Auckland Sea Kayaks has supported many schools and students in fulfilling the Duke of Edinburgh requirements in a safe, fun and professional manner, and fully embrace the fact that not all learning happens in the classroom. Our goal is for students to gain a greater awareness of the world around them and understand the importance of protecting it. We use a progression model that trains, educates and empowers students to explore the outdoors safely and independently.

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students kayaking for william pike challenge

William Pike Challenge

Immerse your students in a transformative educational experience with Auckland Sea Kayaks, where we proudly align with the William Pike Challenge to redefine outdoor learning in New Zealand. Our marine-focused education model is designed to empower students by providing a safe and dynamic environment for exploring the outdoors, all while acquiring vital life skills, fostering water safety and conservation.

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Ain't no office better than the Hauraki Gulf 💯☀️
Dinner al fresco. Do the guides deserve a Michelin star? @dukeofednz #dukeofedinburghaward
Team New Zealand @emiratesteamnz training on the Hauraki Gulf yesterday. They tried to keep up with our kayaks but I think they had the wrong foils on 😂
Beautiful jellyfish found on the shoreline at Motukorea. Any marine biologists out there have some intel on this cool creature? @emr_nz
Motunau Bay, Ponui Island. Everyone enjoying an afternoon swim at high tide on the Autumn Equinox, Wed, 20 Mar 2024.
For our tinier Auckland Sea Kayaks whanau | here's an epic colouring in sheet to celebrate Te Ika o te Tau - Fish of the Year competition! Complete this comp and be in to win some amazing prizes including:
- A sunset kayak to Rangitoto for two 
- An eDNA kit or eRangers card game kindly donated by Wilderlab 
- A family pass aboard Perfect Day (NTL) kindly donated by @divetutukaka 
- A mask and snorkel kindly donated by @wettie.spearfishing 
- One of two Marine Invaders card games kindly donated by Marine Invaders 
- A Doon River Fishy Pin kindly donated by @doonriver 
- An @emr_nz  goodie bag, and more!

Tag us and EMR so we can see your masterpieces  #teikaotetau2024 😎
Chloe and Bennett have been going hard at @vectorwero practicing their white water skills. Epic to see their continual progression!