Learn to roll, develop fundamental skills.

Never kayaked before? Thinking of getting into paddling or competing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Race? Core Skills is a pool-session plus a lake-session that will help you get started in the best possible way.

Come and meet our qualified coaches in Christchurch and get started with paddling early. Develop good habits now that will help you on the river later.

If you have the time available, our coaches recommend doing this session before your Grade 2 Certificate Course with us. This will give you an excellent head-start on things and provide you extra practice before we tackle whitewater together.

We’ll start with an indoor (heated) pool session, where our coaches will get you started learning how to roll a kayak. We’ll then move to our lake location, where you’ll be taken through a series of flat-water drills that will build the foundations for success in the future.

If you’re an experienced paddler, you are more than welcome to attend this session as a refresher or skills-booster.

Dates 2020

Click on your preferred date below to book now. Click here to download an information pack.


  • No experience required. All abilities welcome!
  • Officially endorsed and recommended by Kathmandu Coast to Coast.
  • Kayaks and equipment use included.
  • Receive professional support from an NZOIA qualified instructor.
  • Opportunity to demo or purchase gear from our product range.
  • Learn skills and drills that you can practice in your own time.
  • Ideal preparation for our Grade 2 Certificate Course.


  • You must be able to swim.
  • You need to be of good health & fitness.
  • You need to be between 16-65 years old.
  • You need to be between 50-110kg.

Skills You’ll Learn

  • How to wet-exit.
  • How to be barrel rolled.
  • How to self-rescue.
  • How to roll a kayak.
  • How to set up equipment properly.
  • The forward stroke.
  • The back stroke.
  • The sweep stroke.
  • Edging and carving.
  • Plus much more!


“Clear feedback and a good progression”

Coach Sam had a clear picture of what each client needed to work on. The rolling session in the pool was good, with clear feedback and a good progression. The quality of the gear was excellent.

Phil Washbourn (Christchurch) / 18 Sep 2019

“I finished this course actually enjoying it – even the underwater bit!”

From someone who HATES swimming and being underwater, I finished this course actually enjoying it – even the underwater bit! Thanks Sam.

Laura Weaver (Christchurch) / 11 Sep 2019

“Perfect preparation for my grade 2 cert”

Small group so really good instructor to client interaction. Coach Sam & Steve where friendly and helpful. They didn’t try to load up with too much stuff all at once which was good for the first course. Just perfect preparation for my grade 2 cert in September.

David Cormack (Dunedin) / 14 Aug 2019

“A great introduction to kayaking”

This was a great introduction to kayaking and provided me with a solid background. I now have more confidence going into the start of the Grade 2 Course.

Patrick Fontein (Auckland) / 14 Aug 2019