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Sydney Harbour Kayaks

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Address: 81 Parriwi Road | Smiths Boat Shed / Spit Bridge, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9969 4590
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Description: The Sydney Harbour Kayaks experience is more than just about going on a...
The Sydney Harbour Kayaks experience is more than just about going on a tour, buying or renting a kayak. Our team is passionate about all paddle sports, passionate about being out on the water and living our dream, to take time - enjoy life. Our passion is infectious. So when you're out on one of our tours kayaking into Middle Harbour, on a Freedom Rental kayaking to Balmoral or in our shop buying a kayak, we're here to guide, instruct and inspire you. Sydney Harbour Kayaks has been renting & selling kayaks, teaching kayaking and guiding tours around Middle Harbour from the Spit Bridge since 1991. Our kayak, surf-ski & stand up paddle board rental fleets are some of the best around, we offer a mix of plastic and composite sea kayaks as well as surf-skis, the SUP's are from SUPLove. Our rental location is at the Spit Bridge in Mosman and you can paddle throughout all of Middle Harbour. We take great pride in our kayaking tours and aim to offer the best possible experience. Our backyard is the beautiful Middle Harbour and we get no more enjoyment then showing it off to our many visitors. The kayak tours and team-building activities are a lot of fun and offer a wholesome day out on the water. Lessons are our speciality and we teach from beginners through to a Professional level. If you are just learning about kayaking or stand up paddle boarding then you should try our Paddle Safe / Paddle Smart Program, which are FREE kayaking lessons.
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Great place to learn SUP!

Having never tried Stand Up Paddle before the team here made it such a fun first experience all around! Clearly these guys enjoy what they're doing and it shows - they gave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Chris W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Having never tried Stand Up Paddle before the team here made it such a fun first experience all around! Clearly these guys enjoy what they're doing and it shows - they gave excellent advice and made sure we were having fun on the boards before letting us explore the Inner Harbour. Thanks so much Collen & Ellen (spelling?) for everything,... More 

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Chris W I am so glad to hear you had a lot of fun SUPping with us - it is a wonderful sport and on a calm day, is super easy. Our staff do get excited as well as they all live on the water. We do hope we get to see you again and hope you can bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I completed both the introductory and the safety and self rescue courses with SHK and both were excellent. I am so much more confident getting out on the water now, especially on my own. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and patient, and I learned so many new skills over the six hours of these programs. They explained and demonstrated a... More 

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Michael D Thank you very much for your very informative review on the Free lesson program - The Intro and Safety courses are a great way to get you going on your way to becoming a great paddler. I am glad you were able to do both. Please remember you are welcome to come back any time if you... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Awesome fun, friendly staff, I thought we might be up for some harsh Eastern European training methods, but Laz was a great (and patient) instructor!

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Hi James We are fairly sure one of Laz's references when he started working from us was from Ivan Drago. He is a professionally trained fitness and kayak instructor and really knows his stuff. I am very glad you had a good lesson and learnt a lot. I do hope we see you again for more work with Laz. Regards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Everythin was amazing. Our guide Connel was kind and knowledgeble about the area. The views were simply stunning. Highly recommended.

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Davyd G Thank you for the wonderful review, I will be sure to tell Conel (he will be really pleased) and we are so glad it has been your best kayak tour - hopefully you have been on a few :) See you again Best Regards Shanon More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Had a great morning with Ben and the group. My 1st time in a kayak and loved it. Would recommend this lesson for anyone new to kayaking, Ben was fantastic and the 3 hours flew by. Great fun and will definitely return, coffee cruise next!

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Eva V Thanks for the kind review of our free introduction course and I am glad you achieved a lot in the lesson. Ben is a great instructor and I will make sure he reads this review. I am glad that we will be seeing you again on our Coffee Tour and there is also the second free course;... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Went for the 3 hour introductory lesson which was really well done and Ben was an excellent instructor, with emphasis on helping everyone in the group. Well worth while

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear slv2015 Thanks for coming on our Free Introduction course, I really hope you learnt a lot and it make you a much stronger paddler. I agree that Ben is a fabulous instructor and h takes great care with each lesson. Hopefully we see you soon for the free safety course. Regards Shannon More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I thoroughly recommend the coffee tour. Did it with my 12 year old daughter in a double kayak and had a great time. Great company, very easy to arrange, and a nice tour with appropriate emphasis on safety

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Mark I am sure the 2 hour coffee tour with your daughter was wonderful for the both of you. my daughter and I have such a good time kayaking together. I appreciate you telling us about it and posting the photo of the course you took. maybe another suggestion for the both of you is to book in for... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I did the 3hr introduction to kayaks. Prior to the training I had very limited experience on a kayak. Ben's tuition of our small group was excellent. He introduced topics, demonstrated and explained the technique, plus let you practice and provided guidance when required. Plus you have the amazingly beautiful back drop of Middle Harbour & Clontarf.

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Blackedout I agree that Middle Harbour is a beautiful and perfect place to kayak. Its an even better place to paddle when you are just getting your skills in order. Thank you for booking into our Free intro lesson and I am very glad you found this lesson to be a positive experience. Thank you kindly for your review... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We recently did the 4 hour Eco Tour led by Fernando. It was a great morning - well organised, fun and we got to see a part of Sydney not seen to many. We are not regular kayakers at all and whilst 4 hours is a long time to be out paddling around - there were enough breaks when Fernando... More 

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Hi there Chlotoro Thanks so very much for your great review on our Kayak ECO Tour with the amazing Fernando. I am glad you had a wonderful experience and managed to see parts of Sydney Harbour that are only accessible with a sea kayak and a skilled guide. We have run this tour for many years now and it feels... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My partner and i had a 3 hour lesson with 6 other people on a sat morning, our instructor was Ben who was wonderful. Our group was wonderful with Ben going around to each individual person to make sure they were feeling comforbale and confident out in the water. If you have never Kayaked before i recommend doing the introductory... More 

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OBrienSports, Owner at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, responded to this review

Dear Amanda Thank you very much for the positive review on our free introduction course. I am glad it was a solid experience for you and I do hope it give you the base skills to be a kayaker forever. We love having Ben work for us and he is a truly dedicated instructor. There are many wonderful reviews on... More 

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