For the one-on-one focus of private kayak instruction, we can provide qualified coaching specific to your needs.


One-on-one kayak coaching offers the flexibility to select dates that work better for you. Learn at your pace, without any pressure of keeping up with a group. This makes it easy if you have any specific requirements, such as physical limitations, or concerns with water.

If you want to really maximise your time on the water, then having a private instructor means we can push your training as hard as you can handle (or want). We will work with you in a very personalised way, so you get exactly what you need, without any delays.


  • Customised Date Options
  • Personalised Focus
  • Take it Slower or Get Pushed Harder
  • All Coaches NZOIA Qualified
  • Adventure Mark Safety Audited


  • Rolling Lessons
  • Flatwater Technique
  • Whitewater Skills and River Paddling
  • Multisport Skills and River paddling
  • Grade 2 Certification
  • Waimak Gorge Guided Paddle (Including Transport)
  • Advanced & Elite Level Paddling Skills
  • Instructor Training

Our Rates

  • 1 Hour Pool Session $198
  • 2 Hours Flat Water $298
  • Per Day $449
  • Waimak River Trip $778


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by Dan & Jess Debont on One-on-One Kayak Coaching

Simple if you want to improve your paddling, gain confidence and learn to roll (and so much more) go see Sam! After a few years of multi sport paddling both myself and wife knew we needed to improve our skills on moving water.. We especially wanted to learn to combat roll. I approached Sam and asked for an adapted course to fit in with our family life. Sam developed a program that was methodical, time efficient, fun and most importantly effective. Everything Sam planned had a purpose leading to our goal. From pool sessions, to the lake, to the river to play boating and rolling we had the best couple of days. With Sams advice I went from never rolling to pulling off combat rolls in moving water to even rolling a double kayak a few days later with a mate. We loved it and will both go back for further advanced courses. Don't hesitate sign up and go enjoy the water!

by Andrew Sclater (8th place in C2C Longest Day 2017) on One-on-One Kayak Coaching

I completed a 1 on 1 rolling session with Sam at a nearby Lake in Christchurch. He managed to get me rolling within 40mins. It was great having the confidence to do this on race day