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.
Ask around about us. We have built an excellent reputation both here in New Zealand and overseas. Our instructors are among the most qualified in the country, and our modern teaching methods are specifically designed to help you reach your full potential. If training with the best coaching available is important to you, we’d like to invite you to paddle 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 are all full-time paddlers and kayak instructors. We admit, this means we are embarrassingly bad at running and cycling! So our coaches choose not compete in the race each year and instead focus all our time and energy on your success. Through the consistent race-results of our clients, we have now become New Zealand’s most popular and most trusted C2C kayak training provider.
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 courses in New Zealand teach rolling well, and for a long time we were the only Grade 2 Certificate provider to teach this skill at all. Our expert coaches provide quality rolling instruction during ALL our programs.
Get professional coaching from a qualified instructor.
Our staff are not just good kayakers or race veterans, we are professional educators. 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 every day, and it’s a job we take very 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.