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Grade 2 Certificate Course

Grade 2 Certificate Course

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Early-bird booking special on now for 2022 courses.

Participant Information (Mar/Apr) | Participant Information (Sep/Oct)


No previous experience required. You must be able to swim, be at least 16 years old, and between 50 - 110kg at the time of the course. Vaccine Pass is required.

Course Length: 4 Days
Equipment: Kayaks & equipment is provided FREE of charge.
March / April Location: Christchurch & North Canterbury
September / October Location: Christchurch & Murchison

Earn your grade 2 kayak certificate for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

Even if you're a complete beginner, our Grade 2 Kayak Course will help you gain the river skills you need, plus assessment. We'll provide you with a kayak and equipment to use, and teach you to paddle over four consecutive days.

We believe in 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 bail out. Even though rolling is not required to gain your certificate, we'll teach you anyway, because we know it's important. Canterbury Kayaking is the only multisport kayak school in New Zealand to include rolling as a focus.

Guaranteed to run, regardless of weather or flows.

Having your booking delayed due to bad weather can really mess with your overall training plan. Canterbury Kayaking is the only grade 2 provider in Christchurch who can guarantee your course and grade 2 assessment will go ahead, regardless of the weather.

Learn more, from the highest qualified multisport instructors in New Zealand.

Canterbury Kayaking is run by professional kayak coach Sam Milne, and his small team of instructors. Sam is currently New Zealand’s highest qualified multisport instructor. Sam has logged well over 100 guided paddles down the Coast to Coast route and was featured in the recently published book The Longest Day. All our instructors have NZOIA awards, plus degrees in outdoor education.

Feel solid on the river, with follow-up course & trip options.

Once your course is complete, we won't leave you hanging. We'll provide you with personalised advice, including the best multisport boat choice for you. If you'd like to do more with us, you are invited to book our second stage course, where you can paddle your own boat down the Waimakariri River. We also have plenty of other training opportunities like Rolling Sessions and Guided Gorge Trips. Take advantage of expert skills coaching all the way through to race day if you choose.


Recommended and endorsed, by Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

Over the past 10 years, Canterbury Kayaking has helped over 800 people achieve certification for the Coast to Coast. Some of our clients have even gone on to win the event, such as two-time Longest Day champion, Jess Simson. Canterbury Kayaking is now officially recognised by the Coast to Coast as a "preferred provider".

Develop skills faster, from well trained teachers.

Our priority is to get you as good as possible, in the shortest possible time. So we employ coaches with degree-level educational training. This means our instructors are not just good paddlers, we're really good teachers, too. We make learning complex skills easier to understand.

Gain more knowledge, from NZOIA qualified instructors.

If you have a question about paddling, we have the answer. Our collective technical knowledge is well developed and has been verified by the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association. Our team has awards in both whitewater and multisport instruction, so you can trust we know what we're on about.

Learn in a safe environment, with Adventure Mark certification.

Feeling safe is absolutely crucial, and is our highest priority. Our safety system has been externally audited by Adventure Mark, and we are fully registered with WorkSafe as an adventure operator (as required by law). You can rest assured you're in good hands when paddling with us.

What our clients say... 

An extremely professional course. The coaches skill level and understanding was outstanding.

Scott Cochrane (Christchurch), 22 Apr 2018.

The best outdoor skills course I have participated in.

Ian Stewart (Queensland, Australia), 19 Feb 2018.

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