Improve your river skills on our highly popular Coast to Coast Multisport Kayak Course. We’ll help you go beyond the basic grade 2 requirements so you feel confident in your boat on race day.


Unlike any other training program in New Zealand, you will have the critical advantage of completing all four days of your time with us on the Waimakariri River, and in your own multisport racing boat.

This program aims to take the whitewater skills you learned in your Grade 2 Kayak Course, and transfer these into your race boat on the Waimak’ River. We will tune your boat and paddle set-up, plus complete comprehensive video analysis of your forward stroke technique.

The Kathmandu C2C race is known for it’s very unique river section. Many of the skills required can only truly be mastered here in on the actual race-route. We will take you into the Gorge on the final day of this program, and teach you to consistently negotiate the notoriously tricky “bluff corners” – an area where many competitors struggle on race day.

Don’t risk only doing the minimum G2 training and simply “survive” the river. Once you’ve completed these 4 days with us, you will be feeling far more confident in your race boat and ready to tackle the river on your own.


  • Learn in your Multisport Kayak (Hire Boats Available)
  • Paddle the Waimak Gorge
  • All Coaches NZOIA Qualified
  • 4 Days in a Row = Better Skills for you
  • Kathmandu Coast to Coast Approved
  • Adventure Mark Safety Audited

Skills Taught

  • Boat and Paddle Set-up & Tuning
  • Forward Stroke Video Analysis
  • Correct Rudder Usage
  • Moving Water Skills for Long Boats
  • Choosing Lines for Race Day
  • Wave Trains & Hamilton Rapids
  • Paddling Bluff Corners
  • How to Pick Braids
  • Dealing with Seam-Lines
  • Effective use of the Low Brace
  • Weather and Flow Reading
  • Paddling the Gorge
  • Tips for Race Day


  • Grade 2 Kayak Course Completed (or Equivalent G2 Experience)
  • You Must be Able to Swim
  • You Need to be of Good Health & Fitness
  • You Need to be Between 16-65 Years
  • You Need to be Less than 110kg



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 7 reviews

Over the four days I feel I have learnt so much and progressed really quickly. Great instruction, the content of the course was just what I needed. To be able to expereince the river over four days was perfect. Thanks!

After completing my Grade 2 Course with Sam, the multisport Coast to Coast Course was fantastic. The locations used for the longer boats were spot on. It was great to complete most of the race course over a couple days. Looking forward to my Waimakariri River Guided Trip soon!

I tacked the multisport course on straight after my Grade 2 (with a one day gap). I live near Dunedin so this seemed practical to do, and turned out a good way to do it with the one day to rest.The program was very informative with good theory and info done in a classroom setting.  The video review of stroke technique before and after coaching tips was great too. C2C 2-day done in Feb '17 and I benefited from the things this course taught.  In hindsight, the faster lines course would probably also have been of benefit so I'm probably going to book that in before the next C2C I do.

I'd already done my G2 with Canterbury Kayaking, but C2C was my aim so this training seemed perfect for me. It was a good call, I'd been struggling with conflicting coaching info from my limited whitewater experience, some work I'd done with flat water racing clubs and a bit of ocean racing. Canterbury Kayaking helped me to figure out what I was actually trying to achieve in the boat, and I successfully completed the one day C2C having not done the race previously.

Your courses have been invaluable for me on my Coast to Coast longest days 2013 & 2016. Number 1 with you is always our safety which immediately allows us to relax. You then have a great ability to be able to make sure everyone within a group is catered for, whatever their level. Explanation of lines, both fast and safe makes for very enjoyable paddling and has enabled me to look forward to getting in the boat every time.

Great courses! I came over from Australia to do my Certificate, had such a blast I signed up for the Coast to Coast Multisport Course and  Faster Lines. Sam’s coaching gave me the confidence to hit the river knowing I was going to have a wicked time on race day. Each week had a crew with various levels of experience but somehow Sam managed to coach us to our personal limits safely and support us all to reach our race goals.

Best coaching ever. Thanks to your 1. Direction 2. Speed and 3. Edge I made it without swim through the Gorge today. Finishing 30th overall in 14h, 15mins in the Coast to Coast Longest Day. I owe you so much. Cheers from the Swede!