Ever wanted to spend a whole day, evening or weekend with your students using a comfortable cruising catamaran as a base for multiple pleasure and/or training dives and an on-water classroom in Sydney Harbour? Our Captain Paul is a qualified diving instructor so he knows exactly what you need to make your diving trip a success.
Paul is making Kick n Back available for hire for SCUBA Diving Schools so as a fellow instructor, you can relax knowing the Captain of the vessel you’ve hired for trips knows a lot about diving and can anticipate the unique needs of your instructors and guests. Show your students the great diversity of marine life in shallow and safe dive sites of the harbour, all within a short cruise from Rose Bay jetty.
You are in very safe hands as your captain has been a commercial qualified oxswain/skipper and PADI scuba instructor for over 22 years and has been surfing for over 25 years. He worked as a national park and marine park ranger for over 12 years and worked in the building industry for over 10 years as a qualified carpenter. Paul also is able to lead you on a daily yoga practice on the beach and meditation on the front deck of Kick n Back.
Yes, 2 kayaks and an Aqua Lily Pad
No, please bring your own.
Yes, There is an electric flushing toilet down below.
There is a cold, fresh water shower on the back deck available for day charter guests. Overnight guests have access to a hot shower below.
Please contact me to work out the package to suit your needs.
Yes, additional hours are $290, and we can extend trips to include sunset. Trips can also be shortened to allow for guests needs.
Yes, there is a long list of commuter wharfs and charter wharves available for use: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/commercial-vessels/wharf-access/index.html#Wharflist
The boat only operates in relatively sheltered waters and is very comfortable and stable. Unlike a yacht, this catamaran barely heels over and doesn’t rock uncomfortably from side to side, so seasickness is highly unlikely.
Life lines have recently been raised in height, so its much safer than ever before. In addition there are 4 fire extinguishers, an EPIRB, VHF Radio, Chartplotter, lifejackets for every person, two large life rafts, and an inflatable tender with Broken Bay/Pittater or in an outboard motor.
We will always operate within mobile phone range. If on the odd occasion, that we are out of range, say in the Whitsundays, there is a satellite phone on board. Please refer to information about Your Captain if you would like to know more.
Yes, Eco Sailing Cruises holds a current Parks Eco Pass which permit a wide range of activities at numerous locations in Sydney Harbour National Park, Garigal National Park and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
There are minimal fees that are required to be paid to the NPWS and they are included in your charter fees:
$4.53 per head per day
$2.27 concession per head per day
$2.27 short stay fee (≤ 2 hours)
Sailing on Kick’n’Back was a fantastic way for us to explore the Whitsundays. The boat was well maintained, clean and comfortable, a luxury even just to sit there looking for turtles and barbecuing our fish. Paul, a reliable and experienced Captain, is also an oceanographer. His passion and knowledge of nature and sea allowed us to experience this beautiful part of the world far beyond our expectations. Walks in the rainforest, scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling, can’t wait to go back with kids and friends for another magical experience.
I had the pleasure of sailing the Whitsundays with Paul for 6 days and 5 nights on Kick n Back. You certainly can just kick back, relax and take it all in, on both land and sea. Certainly was magical watching the sun rise from the lookout and having my first whale sightings. Truly blessed to have three separate whale encounters on the one day. Thanks again captain Paul.
"Our time on Kick'n'Back with Captain Paulie was just amazing! Paulie was really great at engaging with the kids and having them be as involved with the sailing and motoring as they wanted to be. The boat was so well equipped, making catering for us all in terms of foods and entertainments easy and comfortable. it was great having a kayak and stand up paddle board to spend time on when in the bays. And as a boat Captain he was wonderfully communicative with our sailing options each day, and helped us do a great circumnavigation around the islands. We can't wait for our next time on Kick'n'Back!"
"We had a gorgeous time sailing around the Whitsundays on Kick n Back. Good weather and a perfect introduction to sailing for the kids, exploring different beaches, tracks and coves. Such a nice relaxing time!"
"My husband & I decided quickly to book a Harbour Cruise before our flight left later that afternoon. We expected nothing more than to enjoy a sail on the water and the warm, sunny weather. It turned out to be the best experience of our trip. Captain Paul was delightful company, a font of knowledge and interested only in our safety and having a good time. We will definitely arrange another cruise when we are next in Sydney and recommend this iconic activity to young and old!"