If you’re thinking of competing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, or you’re simply interested in giving whitewater kayaking a go, then our highly popular Grade 2 Kayak Course Christchurch will help you get started.


Learn from the most qualified instructors in Canterbury at Christchurch’s professional kayak school. You’ll enjoy a complete and comprehensive whitewater package so you can reach your goals. We will develop your technique and confidence through our unique four day program that provides plenty of river time and experience paddling real G2 rapids.

Learning to roll is included as part of your time with us. Developing this important skill helps you feel more comfortable with the river, and will develop you into a safe paddler for the future. Boat & equipment hire is included free as part of this package, so you don’t even need to have your own gear yet.

Your G2 cert will be assessed on the final day of the program. You’ll then be free to move on with your training for any upcoming races. We suggest booking your dates with us as soon as possible as spaces tend to fill up quickly.


  • No Experience Required
  • All Equipment Provided
  • Learn to Roll
  • All Coaches NZOIA Trained & Qualified
  • Coast to Coast Approved Grade 2 Provider
  • 4 Days in a Row = Better Skills for you
  • Certificate Assessed on Day 4
  • Safety Audited & Registered

Skills Taught

  • How to Roll
  • Equipment Setup
  • Strokes & Draws
  • River Reading
  • Breaking in & out of Eddies
  • Ferry Glides
  • Paddling G2 Rapids
  • Hazard Identification
  • River Safety & Hypothermia
  • Self-Rescue


  • 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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by Ian Stewart on Grade 2 Kayak Course

This has been the best outdoor skills course I have participated in. The equipment, theory, and coach professionalism all score 10/10 for me. I had a great time.

by Bryson Lee on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Course flowed and progressed nice and smoothly despite adverse weather conditions. Phil focused on everybody's needs individually. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend this course and Canterbury Kayaking to anybody interested.

by Chris Ball on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Had an absolute blast. Best 4 days of race prep I have done.

by Ben Parsons on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I enjoyed this course. Camping is such a great way to immerse yourself in kayaking. Sam was a great coach and certainly had a lot to offer, as well as a good yarn afterwards. Such an awesome and intense 4 days, but well worth it!

by Steve Provis on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Sam has a super personality and has a way to inspire confidence in you. I loved this course and highly recommend it to anyone looking to do their Grade 2 or to get some skills to kayak.

by Deborah Stewart on Grade 2 Kayak Course

It didn't come easy to me but Sam didn't give up on me. I am no great paddler but will keep pushing myself to get better and attend more courses to build my confidence.

by Kylie McGillivray-Brown on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Sam was an amazing trainer. I felt safe the whole time, but also pushed outside my comfort zone. I would totally recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to kayak in whitewater.

by Simon Collett on Grade 2 Kayak Course

The Canterbury Kayaking Grade 2 course was a fantastic experience. Sam’s expertise was amazing coupled with his passion to make us push ourselves for ongoing improvement. It was very challenging at times and by all means not easy but Sam made it all feel safe. The detailed website and information supplied made the trip from out of town easy. I’ve booked more courses with Canterbury Kayaking in the future and would not hesitate to recommend them.

by Kirsty Sclater on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I thoroughly enjoyed the course with Sam & Phil. The 4 day program was a great introduction to kayaking and while it was challenging, I enjoyed learning a new skill set and further improving my paddling. I also felt very safe under the their guidance.

by Oliver Fey on Grade 2 Kayak Course

A great team and very well run course filled me with confidence to try things I wasn't sure I could do.

by Tim Lester on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I wanted to report that the roll you teach your clients as part of this course proved invaluable for my first trip down the Hurunui River. Developing a solid roll as part of my Grade 2 course with you has given me the confidence to get out there and safely challenge myself.

Easy process to book and Sam made contact prior to start date to ensure I was set to go. The lessons progressed in a way that was tailored to the skills in the group so always challenging and exciting. Sam & Phil were encouraging and approachable. Definitely will be recommending to friends interested in kayaking.

Extremely well run 4 days - everything taught flowed into the next lesson. Great instruction from Sam, Rata & Phil - nothing was a issue. Looking forward to the next course !

by Cameron Smith on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I think I went into the course fairly "green". I had already purchased a multisport boat based on others advice and had figured that the Grade 2 certificate was just another "box I had to tick" in order to do the Coast to Coast race. Canterbury Kayaking's Grade 2 Course has completely exceeded my expectations and rather than just "ticking a box" I have come away with a new found passion for kayaking. Sam and his team, Rata and Phil, have now set me off in the right direction and I feel that I will be a more skilled and safer kayaker because of it! Thanks soo much guys love your work !!!

by Nathan Wheeler on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Very well set out program, professional instructors and had a great time, thanks guys for an enjoyable 4 days.

by Andy Clare on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Did this in Oct '16 with Sam, so ~4 month's out from the C2C Feb '17. Found it to be very well structured, telling you just what you need to know at that point so that you're not jumping ahead but concentrate on the lesson at hand. This was also my first intro to white water and thoroughly enjoyed it, largely because of the steady increase in skills and theory over the 4 days with the knowledge that he is just there for a rescue if needed.  The lake sessions were good to get the trust dialled in. I'd done some cost comparisons for the course & gear purchased with CK and can recommend good value for money. Also tacked on the multisport course immediately after this 4 days which was a good way to do it.

by Simon McQueen on Grade 2 Kayak Course

This was perfect for me. I'd done a few days of whitewater already, & wanted to get my grade 2 for C2C. Sams a good coach, tells its how it is which is perfect when you want to learn fast. The program was really fun, and the camp aspect was great. I did the multisport course too at a later date.

by James Kearney on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I found this extremely beneficial as preparation to the coast to coast. Sam's is a great coach and I wouldn't have been able to get down the river without his tuition. Highly recommended.

by Bob Tate on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Awesome 4 days with Sam. Stunning rivers and back country. Came away with heaps more river knowledge and confidence. Sam has a patient and professional personality.

by Bevan Clark on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Sam is an awesome instructor, runs a very professional organisation. Would totally recommend Canterbury Kayaking!!

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