Get your grade 2 certificate.
If you’re thinking of competing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, or you’d simply like to learn to kayak, then our highly popular Grade 2 Certificate Kayak Course will help you get started. Learn all the essential skills and achieve your goals.
Our Christchurch based four-day program provides you with more river time, and more experience paddling real whitewater rapids than any place we know. We will develop your correct technique and help encourage maximum river confidence. Experience our innovative progression that really works and that people have been raving about in reviews.
Learning to roll back up is included as part of your time with us. This skill will help you feel more comfortable with the river, and allow you to become a safer paddler. Boat & equipment hire is also included free of charge, so you don’t even need to have your own gear yet.
After you have done this program, you will then be able to attend our highly popular Coast to Coast Multisport Kayak Course (optional). If you are wanting to perform to your full potential in the C2C Race, we’d encourage you to book both programs in now to secure your spot.
Because getting to Christchurch for four days is so easy, people come to paddle with us from all over New Zealand, Australia, and beyond. We regularly work with paddlers from Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, West Coast, Dunedin, Sydney, Brisbane, London, and more!
- You’ll learn in a small group size of just 4 paddlers per coach.
- Complete beginners welcome.
- Kayak and equipment hire is provided for you.
- Grade 2 Kayak Certificate NZ assessment included.
- We’ll focus on teaching you to roll back up. Learn in the pool, then take it to the river.
- BBQ dinner provided on nights away.
- Kathmandu Coast to Coast Race approved training provider.
- Receive professional coaching from an NZOIA qualified instructor. We also hold degrees & diplomas in Outdoor Education & Guiding.
- Spend four consecutive days with us. This makes travel easier and allows you to reach a higher skill level.
- Fully audited & registered by AdventureMark for your safety.
- Learn more about us…
Skills You’ll Learn
- How to roll up in moving water.
- How to set up equipment.
- All necessary strokes & draws.
- How to read the river and rapids.
- How to break in & out of eddys.
- How to ferry glide across the flow.
- How to paddle whitewater rapids.
- How to identify river hazards.
- How to self-rescue.
- River safety & hypothermia.
- Plus much more!
- 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.
“I couldn’t imagine doing Coast to Coast without this”
An amazing course. It improved my ability and changed my perception of whitewater paddling. I couldn’t imagine doing Coast to Coast without this.
“Coaches skill level was outstanding”
Extremely professional course. I felt very safe and informed with every aspect. Both coaches skill level and understanding was outstanding. Thanks Sam & Rhys.
” An amazing time, I loved it!”
Sam and his team were great at giving us the skills and confidence required to tackle the challenges of the weekend. They were great at pushing us just enough to learn, while their expertise made me feel like I was always safe – even when things didn’t quite go to plan. Thanks for an amazing time, I loved it!
“This course is brilliant”
I still can’t believe the transformation we all went through over 4 days! This course is brilliant. I’m already scheming when I can get in a boat next! 🙂 Thanks Coach Sam & Rhys!!!
“Incredibly valuable skills”
There is so much more to kayaking than I expected – even though we are just brushing the surface! I feel I have learned incredibly valuable skills and I am confident performing these. Hopefully I can keep improving. Screw the Coast to Coast, I’d rather just learn more with whitewater kayaking! haha.
“The perfect length of time to gain skills and confidence”
Awesome intro to whitewater kayaking. Four days was the perfect length of time to gain skills and confidence and apply this to the river. Coach Sam was very motivating and was able to break down key skills step by step, and continue coaching these skills day by day. It was great learning to roll, which gave me confidence to tackle the river. It was super enjoyable camping away for two nights and being close to the river. I couldn’t recommend this course enough for someone looking to complete their grade 2 cert.
“The best outdoor skills course I have participated in”
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.
“Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience”
The program flowed and progressed nice and smoothly despite adverse weather conditions. Coach Phil focused on everybody’s needs individually. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend Canterbury Kayaking to anybody interested in paddling.
“Had an absolute blast”
I had an absolute blast. Best 4 days of Coast to Coast preparation I have done.
“I loved this course”
Coach Sam has a super personality and has a way to inspire confidence in you. I loved the four days and highly recommend it to anyone looking to do their Grade 2 or to get some skills in their boat.
“Well worth it”
I enjoyed it a lot. Camping is such a great way to immerse yourself in paddling. Coach Sam was a great teacher 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!
“A fantastic experience”
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 training with Canterbury Kayaking in the future and would not hesitate to recommend them.
“A great introduction to kayaking”
I thoroughly enjoyed my time 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.
“Challenging and exciting”
I was a really easy process to book on. The lessons progressed in a way that was tailored to the skills in the group so always challenging and exciting. Coaches Sam & Phil were encouraging and approachable. I will definitely be recommending this to friends interested in learning to paddle.
“Completely exceeded my expectations”
I think I went into this 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 has completely exceeded my expectations and rather than just “ticking a box” I have come away with a new found passion. 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 so much guys love your work !!!
“Good value for money”
Did this about 4 month’s out from the Coast to Coast 2017. Found it to be very well structured, telling you just what you need to know at the right time 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 a coach 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 and can recommend good value for money. Also added on the multisport course immediately after this four days which was a great way to do it.
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.
“The enthusiasm is infectious”
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’s help I was really looking forward to the paddle on race day, instead of being nervous! I’m super grateful for all the kit and gear 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, the enthusiasm is infectious…you’ll find yourself loving kayaking too!!