Our Forward Stroke Technique Lessons in Christchurch provide the perfect opportunity to learn and improve.


We will pair you with a fully qualified kayak coach who will take you through the forward stoke technique in detail. You will be paddling in a totally safe flat-water environment, so you can learn without any distractions. We also have video analysis available. This means we can film your paddling, then take you through frame-by-frame to identify areas of improvement. This is the best way to learn in a visual way. The video really works well for paddlers who have been training for a while now, and have some habits that need addressing.

These sessions are perfect for all fitness and expereince levels. You do not need any previous expereince to join us. We also recommend these lessons as a great place to start if you’d like an easy and clear introduction to kayaking.


  • No Experience Required
  • Expert Instruction
  • Video Analysis
  • All Equipment Provided
  • Safe Location

Skills Taught

  • Setting up Boats and Paddles
  • Dressing for Paddling
  • Wing Paddle Technique
  • Personalised Skills Coaching and Drills


  • 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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After breaking my back in December 2015 I was looking for a way to get back on the water and a bit of a challenge. I came from an extensive background in whitewater kayaking and instruction and had been lucky enough to cross paths with Sam in his early stages of Canterbury kayaking. A lot of people think being a whitewater kayaker jumping in a multi sport boat is easy. I found it to be quite the contrary. Sam helped me develop my forward stroke from a whitewater stroke into a very effective and efficient multi sport technique. He also helped me understand the physics behind the wing paddle, making this process make a lot more sense. Throughout my training, Sam was able to offer advice and services on gear, training, shuttles as well as good ideas on how to stay comfortable in my boat and staying hydrated and feed along the way. Thanks Sam it is awesome to see Canterbury Kayaking stamping its mark and offering top notch instruction in all aspects of kayaking!