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 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!!

by Andre Cowan on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Sam took me for my Grade 2 and a Waimak Gorge Trip. I went from nothing, to comfortably paddling a Sharp 6 in my first C2C Longest Day in 24th place outright. I recommend Canterbury Kayaking to anyone thinking of entering the Coast to Coast or looking to improve their paddle time down the river.

by Andrew Cantwell on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Thanks so much for the awesome course - without it I would definitely have struggled my way through the kayak leg of the coast to coast. I improved my technique, learnt to roll and gained enough skills and confidence to be looking forward to the river section rather than worrying about it! Thanks again.

by Lucie Stanley on Grade 2 Kayak Course

It's been so lovely to be taught by someone with bundles of passion for their sport, who puts in huge amounts of time and effort in encouraging every paddler. With Canterbury Kayaking courses, rolling sessions and gorge trips I was really looking forward to the paddle on race day, instead of being nervous! I'm super grateful for all the kit and kayak advice too. Everything came together on the day, and despite rough weather I had no swims! I could even hear Sam's voice in my head down the river calling out 'edge', 'rudder'! Thanks Sam...had a fantastic time. Just a warning to everyone though, his enthusiasm is infectious...you'll find yourself loving kayaking too!!

by Beth Jagusch on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I did my Grade 2 with Canterbury Kayaking a year before competing in the C2C, then at Sam’s recommendation followed it up with doing as much whitewater paddling as I could. I was pretty nervous but this really helped to build my confidence in white water, making the Waimakariri seem way less daunting! The focus on safety is a huge plus, and it was awesome going to bed the night before the paddle knowing you’ve got the skills to do it well – and if things don’t go to plan, how to get yourself back into a safe situation again so that you can carry on and finish!

by Shaun Hubbard on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Sam your coaching methods are superb. You got so many of us through the race yesterday by training us to paddle well (not just to get down the Waimak). You should be proud of yourself. If anyone needs to learn to kayak I would thoroughly recommend Canterbury Kayaking. Thanks again from one happy C2C finisher.

by Genessa Tabak on Grade 2 Kayak Course

Wow what a journey its been for me….learning to paddle only 4 and a half months ago to completing the Coast to Coast. Having never been in a kayak before and not much of a fan of water, to the river section being my favourite part of race and no swims…what an achievement! I couldn’t have done it without your coaching Sam, your encouragement, patience and endless yelling angles and paddle harder. You believed in me from the beginning and gave me the confidence to nail this. You are a true professional and I’m excited about continuing with my training for another year.

by Rowena Howard on Grade 2 Kayak Course

I was just wanting to thank you for all the help with my training. To have gone from not even being in a boat less than 5 months ago, to it being the part of the race I was looking forward to the most is a huge testament to your program.