On this course we help you navigate your journey from being a complete beginner to a competent grade 2 certified kayaker with the knowledge, skills, technique, and equipment to not only take on the Coast to Coast, but to feel you belong on your adventure across the South Island of New Zealand.
By taking Ben on as your instructor and mentor you will have the confidence of having someone at your side who gives 100% on the water and who has travelled the same road as you are about to take yourself, who knows that trepidation one feels at the beginning of their multisport and kayaking journey. 26 years of multisport and kayaking at all levels provides him with the foundation of experience to help you become the best you can be as efficiently as possible.
Day 1 – Introduction
Morning Session – Flatwater session getting set up properly in our boats. We will cover the basic fundamentals of paddling technique and boat handling.
Afternoon Session – introduction to moving water (grade 1). We take our new skills to the moving water and introduce you to the basics of river paddling.
Day 2 – Whitewater Skills
Morning – this will be split in to two shorter sessions before we do our first Grade 2 river trip in the afternoon.
Day 3 – Grade 2 river trip in multisport boats
Now that you have dipped (probably more than your toes) into whitewater you will jump back into your longer multisport boats to combine the basics from day 1 with the whitewater introduction from Day 2. There will be plenty thrills and spills as you learn to handle these longer boats down the river.
Day 4 – Consolidation and Assessment day.
An opportunity to ask questions and consolidate, get more time in. All going well you will achieve your grade 2 certification for the Coast to Coast.
Please note that although many people do achieve their Grade 2 from very little experience in 4 days, there are plenty who don’t. From our experience, those who have had to go away and come back, have come back stronger and ultimately become more competent. Kayaking is a journey not a destination. There is a lot to take in but the reward of mastering a new skill is worth it.
When choosing your course date, ideally you will also be available the following weekend as this will be the backup weekend should the course be postponed due to adverse weather or such events.
Dates are as follows:
4 Day Course – $1200 inc GST
1 Day Resit – $250 inc GST
Additional Training Days – $300 inc GST (250 pp with two or more)
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