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Canterbury Kayaking

Grade 2 Certificate Kayak Course

Grade 2 Certificate Kayak Course

Regular price $1,049.00 NZD
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Earn your grade 2 kayaking certificate for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.



✔ Guaranteed to run  your course and grade 2 assessment will go ahead regardless of the weather or river flows

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

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

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

Officially endorsed by Kathmandu Coast to Coast  prepare for your race and get certified with a preferred course provider in Christchurch. 

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



Canterbury Kayaking's Grade 2 Certificate Course is a MUST for anyone thinking about doing the Kathamandu Coast to Coast.

Our highly popular program runs over four consecutive days, based from Christchurch.

You'll learn from New Zealand's top multisport instructors, led by senior instructor Sam Milne. 

We start with a pool session, followed by a lake session, then a run on the Waimakariri River - and that's just day one! 

Day two begins with a second pool session learning to roll. If you fall over on race day and cannot roll up, it can cost an extra 15-20 minutes every time you come out of your boat. Most multisport courses don't teach rolling, but we do, because we believe it's essential.

On the afternoon of day two, we'll leave Christchurch and head away for the remainder of the program. While other operators might have to call your trip off and reschedule due to adverse weather, Canterbury Kayaking has a comprehensive set of alternative river locations. This ensures your course with us will run, regardless of the weather or river flows. 

We'll teach you everything you need to know about river paddling, plus more. You'll experience real rapids, river rescue scenarios, and plenty of one-on-one instruction from our experienced team.

Once your course is complete, we won't leave you hanging. We'll provide you with personalised advice, including an invitation to our Intermediate Multisport Course (feel free to book this now, to avoid missing out). 

Ensure you hit the river with confidence, by learning to paddle with 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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I recently did the 4-day grade 2 course (for the second time) and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone starting their Coast 2 Coast prep or wanting to take their first steps into whitewater kayaking. Sam and Steve were brilliant and the course excellently structured and paced so there is a real sense of fun, challenge and accomplishment throughout. Looking forward to following it up with some of the follow-on options you have available.  John Hobkirk (28 April 2022).

I did the 4-day level 2 course with Sam and Steve and it was fantastic. A great intro to kayaking, I'd very much recommend. Ideal for anyone interested in doing the Coast to Coast, but also pretty essential for anyone wanting to get into white water kayaking in a safe environment. Loved it, will probably do it again just for fun — Adam Crouchley (26 April 2022).


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