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About Canterbury Kayaking

Our Story

In 2011 I was working at a local kayak shop in Christchurch, guiding multisport athletes down the Waimakarri River. Over the course of multiple trips and many hours spent on the water with clients, I began to see how I could develop something better. I envisioned a kayak school of my own, in which multi-sport and Coast to Coast instruction was the focus. So, I quit my job and got to work on my dream.

Canterbury Kayaking began with the belief that there was simply a more effective and efficient method to teach multi-sport kayaking, which in-turn would help more athletes be successful on the water. My vision included a focus on learning to roll, consecutive days of methodical instruction, plus utilising a variety of tools like whitewater boats, sea kayaks, and video analysis.

During the nearly 10 years that Canterbury Kayaking has been operating, me and my team have constantly striven to evolve, in order to perfect the product that we are offering to our clients. Learning to kayak can be really challenging for some, but at Canterbury Kayaking I'm confident that we can help any paddler become competent and confident on the water. We understand that each person is on their own journey towards their racing goals, and we hope to support them on that path. - Sam (founder).

Sam Milne

  • Bachelor's Degree in Adventure Recreation & Outdoor Education.
  • New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association Multisport Kayak Instructor's Award.
  • New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association Kayak 1 Award.
  • Guided Over 100 Trips Through the Waimakariri Gorge.
  • Whitewater Kayaking Grade V.
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care First Aid Certified.
  • Skills Coach of Multiple C2C Longest Day Champion Jess Simson.
  • C2C 2014 Kayak Support Specialist for Richard & Elina Ussher.

    Stephen Miller

    • Bachelor's Degree in Sustainability & Outdoor Education.
    • New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association Kayak 1 Award.
    • New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association Rock 1 Award.
    • New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association Bush 1 Award.
    • Trained by Sam Milne in Multisport Kayak Instruction.
    • Class II Raft Guide.
    • Whitewater Kayaking Grade V.
    • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care First Aid Certified.

      Testimonials

      Very professional and client focused. I'd definitely recommend Canterbury Kayaking to those wishing to maximise their Coast to Coast experience.

      Ian Edmond (C2C 1995 Longest Day champion)

      Not every sportsperson makes a good coach, but you guys are the exception.

      Nicola Peat (C2C Two Day Individual)

      It was awesome being instructed by Sam, who is so passionate about lifting the standard of multisport paddling skills in New Zealand.

      Jess Simson (C2C 2014 & 2015 Longest Day Champion)

      Awesome programs, whether you're an experienced paddler or starting from scratch.

      Tim Lawrey (C2C Two Day Individual)