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About Canterbury Kayaking

The Canterbury Kayaking Story, by Founder Sam Milne

After completing my instructor training I landed a job at a local kayak shop, guiding multisport paddlers down the Waimakarri River. Through many trips helping nervous athletes prepare for the biggest race of their life, I began to see the potential to develop something better.

I imagined a professional kayak school where Coast to Coast training was the focus, not an afterthought. Inspired by the idea, I went all-in on creating what I hoped would become New Zealand's best multisport kayak school.

Canterbury Kayaking is about preparing new paddlers for the Coast to Coast river section in the best possible way. The aim is to provide a fresh and modern approach. Our industry-leading innovations include; a focus on learning to roll, consecutive days of methodical instruction, plus utilising a variety of teaching tools like whitewater boats, sea kayaks, and video analysis.

Nearly 10 years on, my small team and I have worked hard to constantly evolve and improve the product that we are offering to our clients. 

Learning to kayak can be a huge challenge, but at Canterbury Kayaking I'm confident that we can help any paddler become competent and confident on the river.

Meet The Team

Sam Milne, Founder & Coach

Sam's Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Award.
  • Canterbury's Regional Ambassador for Whitewater New Zealand.
  • Guided Over 100 Trips Through the Waimakariri Gorge.
  • Whitewater Kayaking Grade V.
  • Skills Coach of Multiple C2C Longest Day Champion Jess Simson.
  • C2C 2014 Kayak Support Specialist for Richard & Elina Ussher.

Stephen Miller, Assistant Coach & Guide

Stephen's Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Multisport Kayak Instructor Training under Coach Sam Milne.
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Award.
  • Class II Raft Guide.
  • Whitewater Kayaking Grade V.

    What Our Clients Say...

    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)