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education & instruction

Upskill or kickstart your kayaking journey with confidence

We love sea kayaking to the world’s wildest and most far-flung destinations, but every journey must start somewhere.

Whether you’re seeking confidence in sheltered waters for your weekly paddle, or preparing for the icy extremes of Antarctica, our expert-led instructional adventures ensure you reach your kayaking goals.

Bruny island paddle – instructional kayak adventure

            Australia’s premer sea kayaking for schools

                    SSV is proud to offer Australia’s most comprehensive sea kayaking experiences tailored for school groups. With decades of expertise in orchestrating world-class kayak journeys and expedition cruises, we provide educational adventures that go beyond the classroom.

                    Partner with us for educational trips that are crafted to meet a wide range of learning outcomes. We guarantee the use of high-quality equipment and the support of qualified, vetted guides experienced in educational settings. Whether your focus is on leadership development, personal growth, or environmental and cultural engagement, we can customise the trip to align with your educational goals.

                    What we offer:

                    • Expert qualified male and female instructors
                    • Expert planning and logistic support
                    • Options for all-inclusive or fuly customisable itineraries
                    • Programs focused on service, leadership, personal growth, and skills development
                    • Engagement with environmental, cultural and Indigenous topics


                    “Our experiences with SSV in Freycinet National Park were faultless. From the outset the company were proactive, clear and helpful in designing a program that suited our students, our goals and our timeframe. They were adaptable and easy to problem solve with as time went on. The trips themselves were nothing short of astounding. The natural environment was spectacular but the professionalism, care and generosity of spirit from our two guides, Elijah and Kate, was the highlight. They approached the students with the perfect balance of respect and clarity of expectations and had an innate ability to recognise their potential and their limits. Our two groups had entirely different experiences based on their strengths and the limitations of weather. Our staff and students left their trips feeling like they had experienced something extraordinary and we look forward to many adventures ahead together.”

                    Laura Kearley, Head of Adventure Education, Geelong Grammar School

                    Why paddle with us

                    Remote and iconic locations

                    Get off the beaten track and explore remote marine and coastal environments. From the tropics to the Polar regions we have over 23 trips that will see you silently gliding through the water, surrounded by the world’s most stunning sea and landscapes.

                    experienced guides

                    All guides have extensive experience and qualifications, from epic personal journeys, bespoke polar accreditation, wilderness first aid and professional guide training.

                    high quality and local produce

                    We pride ourselves on our location tailored menus. We source as much as possible from the local region and cook simple and delicious meals to perfection.

                    first rate equipment

                    Our various fleets of kayaks and equipment are specifically chosen to suit our destinations and are maintained to ensure your safety and comfort. We provide a range of double and single sea kayaks so you can choose what suits you best. 

                    Local knowledge and interpretation

                    Whether it is the local residents, expert lecturers or passionate and knowledgeable guides, you can be assured you will be accompanied by individuals with a depth of knowledge suitable to enrich your experience of the areas we travel through.

                    The world’s first antarctic kayak company

                    Southern Sea Ventures was the first company to operate commercial sea kayaking trips in the Antarctic, beginning in the late 1990’s. We take great pride in being world leaders in polar kayaking, having safely led over a thousand paddlers in the Polar regions.

                    Over 20 years experience in the polar cruise industry

                    Since the late 1990s, Southern Sea Ventures is proud to have been helping travellers realise their dream of cruising in the polar regions. Whether you are a paddler or not we can facilitate your next adventure in the polar regions.