With demand for Canterbury Kayaking whitewater courses constantly increasing, it’s now time to bring in the re-enforcements. Professional kayak instructor Rata Lovell-smith is officially on the CK coaching team for spring 2016.

Rata's Background

Rata is one of New Zealand’s top female paddlers and outdoor professionals. Paddling grade V+ whitewater for several years now, with back-to-back seasons both here in NZ plus the USA & Canada.

Whitewater is Rata’s speciality. Not only a super friendly character with insane skills (just look at those photos), she also possesses the valuable coach’s skill-set of being an effective communicator both on and off the water.

With a knack for finding training solutions to her students’ challenges, you can bet that you’ll improve your paddling in no time just from paddling alongside.

Rata will be hitting the water with us this season as one of our Grade 2 Kayak Course coaches. This course is our highly popular and intensive four-day whitewater training course, perfect for paddlers just starting out on the river.

With a Diploma in Outdoor Instructing & Guiding, plus the New Zealand Outdoor Instruction Association award for whitewater kayaking, Rata has the qualifications to back up the hype.

Coach Rata we are stoked to have you on board. No doubt you’ll be an inspiration to many paddlers this season.


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