Autumn Surf Ski 

Can Too Training Program 2023

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Become A 10km Surf Ski Paddler

... and help us beat cancer!

About this program

This 8-week program has been designed to suit first time paddlers and those with some previous experience.

For first time paddlers the Level 1 classes will teach you the basics of surf ski paddling and aim to have you ready for a 10km surf ski paddle event at Middle Harbour on Sunday 12 March.

For those with previous experience the Level 2 classes will focus on further developing your technique and introduces interval training to build your fitness and have you ready for a 7km Ocean Paddle at Shoal Bay on Saturday 18 March.

You will learn how to:

  • Set up your surf ski for your leg length
  • Launch into the water correctly
  • Paddle with the right posture
  • Remount back onto your surf ski
  • Paddle with torso rotation to use your bigger muscle groups and generate more power and more boat speed. 

Included in your registration fee is:

  • Professional coaching
  • High-end surf ski and paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Training shirt
  • All admin costs.  


Training format

This is a comprehensive program with two coached group sessions per week. All group sessions are led by a supportive, experienced surf ski coach.

There are a range of classes and times to suit everyone’s ability and schedules. However, if you have never paddled before you will start at Level 1 – Learn the Basics class.

There are several classes throughout the week where Level 1 and Level 2 classes will start at the same time. One coach will look after Level 1 and one coach will care for Level 2 paddlers.

Can Too training will be a part of the Sydney Harbour Surf Club training schedule, as such, other members of the Club may be in your class. Sydney Harbour Surf Club has a supportive and encouraging environment aligned with the Can Too culture.

Surf ski paddling is a full body workout, where you can increase your cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. Sitting up with great posture will ensure that each paddle session you are building your abdominal strength. 


All funds raised help Can Too fund early-career cancer researchers. Since 2005 the Can Too Community has raised more than $25,000,000 and funded 202 cancer research projects. 

By raising $945 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($1150) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1400).

We have Fundraising Ideas and support available to make your fundraising experience easier. 

Session availability



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Level 1 & Level 2 classes run: 

Rose Bay Clubhouse
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Mosman Clubhouse
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What an amazing experience, run by dedicated, talented, well organised team of coaches and making everyone feel like a surf ski pro when we were all just learning. Highly recommend joining!

Jacqui, Surf Ski Paddler (not pictured)

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$525 value for only $350!


Regular Cost for 16 Sessions

No extra fees for entry into training venues


No extra fees for training hat & shirt

Online Yoga

No extra fees for follow-at-home videos


What's a life-changing experience worth?

Help fund lifesaving cancer research

... common fundraising questions.

What is Bronze level fundraising?

By raising $945 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($1150) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1400)

Do I have to fundraise?

Yes, you have to fundraise in return for your 8 week coached training program. Don’t let that worry you too much, we’ve been doing this since 2005 so we have plenty of resources available to help you achieve your fundraising goal. Plus, you’ll have a Team Captain to guide you through. The best approach is to have a plan and to start early.

Where does the money go?

When you fundraise for Can Too Foundation, you're fundraising for Australian cancer research and prevention. We focus on investing in early career cancer researchers across all cancer types.Can Too Foundation funded 11 researchers in 2020 and funded a further 11 researchers in 2021. As a registered charity, we will always be careful with every single dollar we spend and completely transparent in our reporting.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

Can Too has been teaching people to run and raise funds for cancer research for sixteen years. We know that you’ll do everything you can to fundraise for Australia's most promising cancer research projects and we’ll help you every step of the way. If, due to personal circumstances, you feel you can’t meet your commitment, please contact us. Participants who don’t contact us and do not meet their commitment will not be permitted to register for a future Can Too program.  

How long do I have to fundraise?

The good news is that you have until 30 days after your program finishes to meet your commitment to cancer research and prevention. You'll have an active fundraising page from the moment you sign up, so our suggestion is sign up early!

Can I train at both locations?

Yes – You can book your training sessions via the SHSC app where you can select either location.

Will training session be exclusive to Can Tooers?

No – There will be some SHSC members in your training pod.

I don’t have my own equipment, surf ski, life jacket etc. Can I still take part?

All equipment, including surf ski, life jacket and paddle are included. So yes, you can take part!

Do I have to attend the same class each week?

No, you can select the class that suits your schedule. You can even switch between locations whenever you choose.

We recommend booking in to your next class at least a week in advance to ensure you get your first preference.

I’ve never tried surf ski paddling, am I just going to fall in the water?

You’ll probably get wet, but the coaches will take you through the basics and ensure you understand the skills needed from day one.

Is there a goal event? What is it?

Yes! On the 12th March you can take part in a 10km surf ski race at Middle Harbour or you can take park in the 7km Ocean race in Shoal Bay on 18th March. 

Will I be paddling through waves?

No. The training locations are at Rose Bay and The Spit and all training is completed in calm water, within the Harbour.


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