Our mission is to help you improve your time on the water. We have a range of services available including an online store, gear hires, and premier kayak school. Specialising in beginner whitewater and Coast to Coast multisport training, we are the professionals you can trust.
Why Choose us
Learn to Roll
Being able to roll your kayak back up is an essential safety skill that all kayakers can learn to do with the right coaching and practice. Surprisingly, not all kayak courses in New Zealand provide rolling instruction. We know how much learning to roll now will help your confidence, and that’s why we will begin teaching you to roll right from day one of your Grade 2 Certificate Kayak Course. We also offer additional rolling sessions after your first course with us, so you can become a rolling master.
4 Day Progression
We believe teaching kayaking is an art form. Through our experience teaching hundreds of beginners, we believe we’ve found just the right balance between encouraging proper technique, and maintaining your overall enjoyment. 4 days in a row seems to be the right formula. Enough time to cover all the skills, no breaks between days helps you keep improving, and your course concludes as you become ready to start practising on your own.
NZOIA Qualified Coaches
We have been training as whitewater instructors for many years in order to deliver you the absolute best coaching and river safety available. All Canterbury Kayaking coaches hold the New Zealand Outdoor Instructor award in whitewater kayaking (Kayak 1), a diploma or degree in Outdoor Instruction, and have advanced kayaking skills of grade 5+ (highest possible). We are also experts in Coast to Coast Multisport Race preparation, so if you have your sights set on this event, we can offer excellent help.
The Coast to Coast Specialists
Every year we work with a large number of Coast to Coast Race competitors from all around New Zealand, as well as overseas. Many of whom complete the Coast to Coast kayak for the very first time. Our kayak courses are popular because we tailor specifically for Coast to Coast Race preparation. You can now progress all the way from beginner to expert, with the guidance of an experienced coach.
All our kayak coaches are fully trained and qualified river safety professionals. We are on the water full-time, which means our personal skills are well above the industry benchmark. Our safety operating systems are externally audited and monitored by Quality Solutions International, who has awarded us “Adventure Mark” seal of approval. Leave your worries behind, and simply focus on learning the skills and enjoying the river with us.
We pride ourselves on our fast and friendly customer service. Here at Canterbury Kayaking you can expect to be looked after well, no matter what your background or expereince level. We will provide you with helpful and honest advice, so you get exactly what you need from your time on the water. We know you will really enjoy paddling with us and we are looking forward to meeting you soon.