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Canterbury Kayaking

Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

Regular price $995.00 NZD
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Learn to kayak, based out of Christchurch.



✔ No experience required  you don't need any previous paddling experience to attend.

 FREE kayak hire  we'll provide you with a hire kayak and equipment free of charge for all four days.

Christchurch based  we'll take you to our favourite rivers, so you're familiar with where to go paddling after your course is complete.

✔ Learn to roll  we will teach you how to roll your kayak.  Two indoor pool sessions are included so you have time to learn.

✔ Guaranteed to run  your course will go ahead regardless of the weather or river flows.

Safety audited by AdventureMark™  you'll be in safe hands under our externally audited safety system. Fully registered with WorkSafe NZ.



Thinking about giving kayaking a go? Our Beginner Whitewater Course will help you learn to kayak in a safe and supportive environment.

You'll learn from fully qualified, professional instructors - who will guide you through everything you need to know to become a safe and skilled river paddler

Gain a solid foundation of skills first, before we hit the rapids. Day-one begins with an indoor pool session, followed by a lake session, then a gentle river section in the afternoon.

As a beginner, you'll want to learn to roll as soon as possible. That's why our second day begins with a second pool session. But don't worry, if you can't roll straight away, our instructors can right you if you flip on the river - even in rapids! 

We'll aim to provide you with maximum river-time during your course. After our pool session on the second day, we'll leave Christchurch and head away for two nights - taking you to some of the best whitewater runs in New Zealand for beginners.

By the end of the program, we think you'll be hooked on paddling. You'll be qualified to join your local whitewater club, and get out kayaking with them every weekend. 

So if you're feeling ready for a new challenge, we invite you to join our amazing community of river-lovers, and learn to kayak with us at Canterbury Kayaking.



Experience Level:

You do NOT need any prior kayaking experience.

You must be able to swim, be of good health and fitness, at least 16 years of age, and between 50 -110 kilograms at the time of the course.


4 Days 


Starts in Christchurch (nights 2 & 3 away from Christchurch).


Hire kayaks and paddling equipment is provided FREE of charge for all four days.

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Last weekend my daughter and I attended the beginner whitewater course with Canterbury Kayaking. My son had completed a number of courses with them in the past and had positive experiences. We wanted to learn a new sport that we could do as a family. Sam and Stephen were so supportive and worked with our varied skills and confidence levels. We got to meet other great people on the course and see some amazing parts of the country. Sam and Stephen are so experienced and knowledgeable they made the entire trip feel safe. However, from my experience their empathy and understanding of what are their client's individual needs are their greatest asset.Kylie Short (30 April 2022).


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