What is Kid-in-a-Kayak?

Kid-in-a-Kayak (KIAK) was conceptualized as a means of allowing children of primary school age to experience the fun of kayaking and develop an interest in paddle sports under the guidance of dedicated coaches who are both passionate about the sport and enjoy working with children.


Using equipment and paddles specially constructed for young bodies, children enrolled in this programme will pick up kayaking skills in a fun environment, and also make new friends through the sport.


We hope that KIAK will provide a good foundation for children to eventually progress on to specific kayak disciplines of their interest, such as sprint, canoe polo and slalom, or to simply enjoy the great outdoors on a kayak expedition.


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KIAK Coaches

Meet Our Coaches

Our coaches are current or former Singapore national team kayakers, or athletes who have completed a coaching apprenticeship, who want to share their passion for the sport with the next generation.

Programme Information

Eligibility Requirements/Fees

Eligibility Requirements

KIAK is open to all children who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents.

For safety reasons, children must meet the following requirements:

– Minimum 135cm tall

– Weigh between 30 to 50kg

– At least SwimSafer Silver or Ability to swim 200m unaided.

It is recommended that children are between Primary 4 (10 years old) to Primary 6 (12 years old). Younger siblings or younger children will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The kid-sized single kayaks we use weigh 11kg each, and kids are expected to be able to carry the kayak with a buddy.


Even as we need to adopt a fee-paying model to keep the programme sustainable, one of our key aims is to keep KIAK accessible and the playing field level for children to pick up the sport. Fees are therefore set at only $210* for a 3-month term payment basis.

Each term is 3 months long. For 2020, Term 1 starts on 4th, 5th January and ends on 28th, 29th March.

There is a one time sign-up fee of $50 for new students.

KIAK runs continuously for the whole year, except on special occasions like Public Holidays and when the reservoir is closed for competitions.

Please note that there will be no refunds for term fees, missed lessons, lessons that are cancelled due to inclement weather, and also that while the programme runs through the year, there will be certain dates on which no lessons will be scheduled as a result of other events in the canoeing calendar.

Session Time / Current Vacancies

Session Times / Current Vacancies 

Sessions will be conducted at the Paddle Lodge @ MacRitchie Reservoir.

To ensure that our coaches are able to give proper attention to technique development, class size is kept small, with children grouped according to their ability to allow effective coaching. Each weekly session will include approximately one hour of water-time.

Current class times for new students are listed below, with the number of vacancies available stated.

Saturday 3.30-5 pm

Vacancies: 8

Sunday 3.30-5 pm

Vacancies: 8

If your preferred slot is currently not available, do still email the registration of interest form to be placed on the waiting list.

How to Register

If you are interested to let your child join Kid-in-a-Kayak, please complete the Registration of Interest form and email it to We will contact you to confirm session availability thereafter.

Registration Form

Click to download: Kid-in-a-Kayak Participant Registration of Interest

Upon confirmationplease complete this indemnity form and email to before the first water session.

Indemnity Form

Click to download: Kid-in-a-Kayak Indemnity Form

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