Grade 2 Certificates

Our Course

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 Kathmandu 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.

Course Outline

Day One

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. 

Whitewater Skills
Day Two

Morning – this will be split in to two shorter sessions

Afternoon - Our first Grade 2 river trip.

Grade 2 river trip in multisport boats
Day Three

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. 

Consolidation and Assessment day
Day Four

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.  

2022 Course information

Course Dates

April 28th - May 1st - Full

May 12th-15th - Full

May 26th-29th - Full

October 20-23rd - 2 spots left

November 2nd-6th

November 24th-27th

December 8th-11th

When selecting a course date ensure your calendar is free for the following week as a backup for bad weather - aka too much water!!

November 2nd-6th contingency dates are 17th-20th November.


4 Day Course – $1299

1 Day Resit – $250

Additional Training Days – $300

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I did my grade 2 river certificate with Ben Fouhy Kayaking in April 2021. I had no river experience at all and I am training for Coast to Coast. Over 4 days Ben taught me all the skills I would need! We did 8 river trips and learnt so much. Ben is so fantastic at taking difficult concepts and making them so you can easily understand and implement them. I highly recommend Ben Fouhy Kayaking; when learning you might as well learn from the best!!


I recently did my grade 2 river certificate with Ben Fouhy Kayaking it was excellent. I am a complete novice and Ben helped me with sourcing my gear right through to being confident on a grade 2 river. This course offers a high level of water time along side the safety theory. I believe it was fantastic value for money and would recommend it to everyone. If you want to learn kayaking you might as well learn from an Olympian!!!