About Canterbury Kayaking
The Canterbury Kayaking Story
Canterbury Kayaking was born from the idea that everyone can learn to kayak. After completing my kayak instructor training at Christchurch Polytechnic, I was working at a local kayak shop guiding multisport paddlers down the Waimakarri River. After many trips helping people prepare for the biggest race of their life, and seeing many novices struggle to gain the necessary skills, 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 services 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.
- Sam Milne, Founder & Manager.
What Our Clients are Saying...
Ian Edmond (C2C 1995 Longest Day champion)
Very professional and client focused. I'd definitely recommend Canterbury Kayaking to those wishing to maximise their Coast to Coast experience.
Nicola Peat (C2C Two Day Individual)
Not every sportsperson makes a good coach, but you guys are the exception.
Jess Simson (C2C 2014 & 2015 Longest Day Champion)
It was awesome being instructed by Sam, who is so passionate about lifting the standard of multisport paddling skills in New Zealand.
Tim Lawrey (C2C Two Day Individual)
Awesome programs, whether you're an experienced paddler or starting from scratch.