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Sydney Harbour Kayaks

81 Parriwi Road | Smiths Boat Shed / Spit Bridge, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
+61 2 9969 4590
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Mosman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ben did an outstanding job. A good mix of explanation, practical demonstration and opportunity to try it yourself! The pace of the lesson was spot on and Ben was more than willing to take some extra time to answer additional questions or explain a tricky concept in more detail. Overall a professionally delivered intro to Kayaking. I'll get out on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Sydney Harbour Kayaks organised the perfect team bonding event. We chose the Photo Challenge and it was 2.5 hours of fun! The whole team were really passionate, knowledgeable and patient with our large group of 43 people. The event ran smoothly, they went above and beyond with drinks and snacks on one of middle harbour's beautiful beaches. They helped us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We did the 2 free lessons - the beginner's followed up by the safety lesson a few weeks apart. We were lucky to enjoy near perfect conditions on the first day & strong wind on the second day last Saturday. Given the second day was the 'safety' course the wind presented an appropriate challenge. We were very impressed with our... More

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

Dear Brydi, It is great news to hear you completed both of our FREE lessons, I do hope you are feeling much stronger paddlers and ready to practice your new skills. It was a lovely review and I will be sure to send it through to Ben, he will be very happy to read it himself. He is a wonderful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

I've been paddling with Sydney Harbour Kayaks for the last 3 years. I've enjoyed every experience. The staff are dedicated to ensuring visitors have a great time. I've done their "Learn to Kayak Lesson" as well as their "Kayak Safety Lesson" where I was taught invaluable paddling techniques. I'm now a regular kayaker - addicted! If you're looking for a... More

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

Dear Nora Thank you so much for the very informative and kind review of our business. It is wonderful when customers slowly turn into regular paddlers and all of us get to know each other through a love of kayaking. I greatly appreciate your loyalty to SHK and happy that you have managed to build upon your kayaking experiences by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We did the beginner & safety lessons a few weeks apart. This is a great introduction to the world of sea kayaking. Our instructors of Ben & Paul were pros & good communicators. We enjoyed & learnt much.

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

Dear Fridaylove Thank you for coming along for the two FREE lessons we offer. The intro and safety lesson can really get you progressing through the sport of kayaking at a fast pace. We really appreciate the kind words in your review and I will make sure to pass on this review to Ben and Paul. We love having them... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A highly recommendable free 3 hour kayak lesson to get started. A beautiful spot on the habour, good kayaks, safe environment and a terrific teacher in Ben, who's enthusiasm was contagious. we learned a lot in our 3 hours on the water and we are looking forward to our free safety lesson this upcoming Saturday. I am hooked!

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

Dear Merete Thank you very much for your kind review of the FREE intro lesson you took with Ben. I have passed on your feedback to him and I know he thrives on these reports. SHK is a small family run business and your review of your experience helps all of us and I am very glad to hear you... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I had a terrific day with the wonderful team at Sydney Harbour Kayaks. Great teachers, office service and instruction. Angela was especially helpful and patient with making sure I felt confident with capsizing and recovering which I was a little unsure about. Ben was great for my getting started lesson in the morning. Good kayaks, water supplied and hot showers... More

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

Dear C Thank you for the wonderful review, I have already texted Ben and Ange to let them know that their lessons (once again) are having a positive impact on the paddling skills of our customers. It is a really tough day to go through the 6 hours of FREE tuition, so I am sure you were tired yesterday. Great... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Really enjoyed free the kayaking lesson (you pay for the rental only) - lots of fun and great instructor! Kayaks are in very good condition, and the spot is a nice starting point for tours - highly recommended

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

Hi msuntinger Thank you very much for your very positive review on our Kayak Lessons. We really try hard to make this series of FREE lessons informative and detailed (and hopefully fun). I will also make sure to pass on your review to your instructor, they will really appreciate the feedback. Regards Shannon More

Budgewoi, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I attended a beginner class this morning and what a great experience. Ben, our instructor, a wonderful young man, so helpful and his explanations and demonstrations made it easy to learn the necessary skills. All I have to do now is practice, practice and more practice, which I'm sure I will enjoy. I look forward to attend further classes and... More

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

Dear BJ Thank you very much for your positive review on your beginner lesson with Ben. We also agree that he is a great kayak educator and all round nice guy. make sure you continue to practice your skills (as you mentioned) however make sure you get out there and enjoy the exploration that kayaking gives you. We look forward... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

It's a wonderful experience. Staff are friendly , professional, with great attention to safety and a passion towards kayaking. I like their environmental support in particular as we help to pick up visible garbage in the shallow waters. Very enjoyable.

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

Dear Jasoresa Thank you for your kind review of our services. Its great to hear you had a good time out on the water on one of our tours. Thank you also in participating in one of our impromptu Harbour clean-up sessions. It takes a little effort from everyone to keep our harbour looking amazing. We really hope to see... More

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