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Half-Day Introduction Course

Half-Day Introduction Course

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Build a solid foundation, and prepare for your Grade 2 Course.

Length: Half-day.
Equipment: Kayaks & equipment provided.
Location: Christchurch.
Experience level: Complete beginners welcome.
Requirements: Good health and fitness, 16 - 65 yrs, 50 - 110 kg.


If you're thinking about doing your Grade 2 Certificate Course with us, and want to get started on your skills early, this introductory course provides the ideal starting point. Come and meet our team, and we'll help you get a feel for kayaking at a comfortable pace, without the pressure of assessment.

Improve the likelihood of passing your grade 2 certificate.

If you've never kayaked before, learning everything you need to pass your certificate in just four days can be a challenge. That's why we created this introduction course. Get a head-start on your skills before your grade 2 course begins, so that you have the confidence to perform at your best.

Learn at your pace, without the pressure.

The purpose of this course is to help you gain confidence with kayaking, and provide some fundamentals to work on. That means there is no pressure of assessment, nor rush to prepare you for the river. Make your first paddling expereince a positive one, and you'll enjoy kayaking so much more.

Receive gear advice from an instructor, not a salesperson.

Kayaking is a very gear intensive sport, and it can get technical fast. As a novice, it's easy to make poor gear choices based on online marketing, or shop assistant advice. As part of your introduction course, your coach will break down all the essential gear in a simple and easy to follow way. We'll provide advice specific to your needs, based on what we've seen actually working on the water over the years.

Meet the Canterbury Kayaking coaching team.

If you're thinking about taking our grade 2 course, but not sure if Canterbury Kayaking is right for you, we'd love to have you along so you can get to know our style. Meet our coaches, and experience our teaching methods. We hope you'll want to continue your Coast to Coast kayaking journey with our support, but no pressure.

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Pool session in Riccarton.
10:00am Flatwater session in Harewood.
Finish in Harewood.

Recommended by Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

Canterbury Kayaking is an approved training provider, recommended by the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. We specialise in helping you prepare to kayak in this iconic race, and have a complete pathway to get you there. From this introduction, to guided trips before the race, we have all your kayak skills covered.

Develop skills faster, from trained teachers.

Our team are not just standard guides or instructors, we aim provide a higher level of coaching. Our staff have degrees in outdoor education, and have spent years in pursuit of the optimal teaching method. We pride ourselves on our ability to teach you complex skills, in range of environments, more effectively than many instructors in New Zealand.

Gain more knowledge, from an NZOIA instructor.

Our coaching team has been independently assessed for technical skills, and instructional ability. The New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association is the nationally recognised body, and all our coaches hold NZOIA kayak qualifications. You can rest assured you'll be working with some of the highest qualified coaches in NZ.

Your safety is covered, with Adventure Mark certification.

A pool session and some flat-water time doesn't sound too extreme, but we always take safety seriously. Our systems has been awarded "Adventure Mark". This means any paddling you choose to do with us now, or in the future, will always be done in a safe manner, surpassing New Zealand safety standards.

What our clients say... 

Perfect preparation for my grade 2 cert.

David Cormack (Dunedin), 14 Aug 2019.

Clear feedback and a good progression.

Phil Washbourn (Christchurch), 18 Sep 2019.

Book now, and get started with paddling.

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