About our Kayak School
Since 2012 Canterbury Kayaking has been the industry leader in multisport kayak instruction. We are a relatively new organisation with a vision to provide you with a more effective way to reach your goals than has ever been offered before. We are very proud to currently be the most popular place in New Zealand to train for the Coast to Coast Race. We run skills courses specific to this race every week through summer, which almost always sell-out.
Ask around about us. We have built an excellent reputation both here in New Zealand and overseas. Our instructors are the most qualified in the country, and our modern teaching methods are specifically designed to help you reach your potential. If training with the best coaching available is important to you, we’d like to invite you to train with us this summer.
What You can Experience with us
Train for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Race
We have a great relationship with the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Every year we work with a large number of first-time competitors from all around New Zealand, as well as overseas. We also work with elite level athletes like multiple C2C Longest Day winner Jess Simson from Wanaka. We are now New Zealand’s most popular kayak training provider for the Coast to Coast Race.
Get maximum improvements for your time.
All our courses are four days long to provide you the maximum benefit in skills for the minimum amount of time invested. We never break our courses up over weekends. We always run our programs as four days in a row (usually Thursday to Sunday). This is so you can keep improving each day, and never feel like you’re going backwards.
We’ll focus on teaching you to roll.
Being able to roll your kayak back up is an essential safety skill that all kayakers can learn. Not all kayak courses in New Zealand teach rolling, and for a long time we were the only Grade 2 Certificate provider to teach rolling during your course. Our expert coaches provide rolling instruction during ALL our programs.
Get professional coaching from a qualified instructor.
Our staff are not just “good kayakers”. All Canterbury Kayaking coaches hold the New Zealand Outdoor Instructor award in whitewater kayaking (NZOIA Kayak 1). On top of this, all our coaches also have Degrees or Diplomas in Outdoor Education & Guiding. Teaching kayaking is not just a hobby for us, this is what we do best and is a profession we take seriously.
Experience real rivers, as safely as possible.
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. Focus on developing your skills in a safe environment while enjoying the river with us.
Receive outstanding service & support.
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.