Grade 2 Certificate

Multisport Grade 2 Certificate Whitewater Course


2017 Spring Dates Out Now! 


Preparation for The Kathmandu Coast to Coast - $899 NZD


  • All kayaking equipment is provided
  • No previous experience required 
  • Experienced and qualified instructors
  • Coast to Coast approved Grade II Provider
  • Registered Adventure Activity Operator 


The aim of this course is to introduce you to multi-sport kayaking in a safe and simple manner. Topsport Kayaking will teach you all the essential river skills you need to compete successfully in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Our instructors will share their river paddling expertise with you as well as useful tips and skills for racing.


Our Christchurch based course runs over a 5-day program. We begin with an indoor pool session. This is followed by five days of whitewater kayak instruction including an exciting overnight camping trip to the Hurunui River in North Canterbury. The first three days will be in short white water kayaks, with the remaining two days in long multi-sport kayaks. This allows ours instructors to teach you the basics of white water paddling and helps you to learn the core skills you need in whitewater before progressing to your multi-sport boat. 


We will cover the following skills throughout the program:


  • Boat & Paddle setup
  • Gear & Equipment
  • Forward Strokes
  • Sweep Strokes
  • Edging
  • Ferry Glides
  • Rapid and Bluff Running
  • Picking Braids
  • Identifying River Features and Hazards
  • Wet-exits
  • Swimming Skills
  • Self Rescues
  • Throw-bagging and interpreting Weather & River Flow Data

Topsport Kayaking have been training kayakers for the Coast to Coast for over 20 years. Our current crew has raced in over 25 Coast to Coast events from the teams section to Longest Day. Last year in 2016 Kate had the fastest overall female kayak split for the event. In 2017 we will once again have a strong line up of staff on the start line with you!


   Spring Course One - BOOKED OUT
Day 1   Friday 8th September - Pool and Flat Water   
Day 2 Saturday 9th September - Hurunui Weekend  
Day 3 Sunday 10th September- Hurunui Weekend    
Day 4 Saturday 16th September - Waimakariri River      
Day 5 Sunday 17th September - Waimakariri River       
   one spot now available due to cancellation 


   Spring Course Two - BOOKED OUT
Day 1   Friday 22nd September - Pool and Flat Water        
Day 2 Saturday 23rd September - Hurunui Weekend                 
Day 3 Sunday 24th September - Hurunui Weekend                         
Day 4 Saturday 7th October - Waimakariri River                              
Day 5 Sunday 8th October- Waimakariri River       


   Spring Course Three - ONE SPACE LEFT
Day 1   Weds 11th  October- Pool and Flat Water        
Day 2 Thurs 12th October - Hurunui Weekend                 
Day 3 Friday 13th October - Hurunui Weekend                         
Day 4 Saturday 21st October  - Waimakariri River                              
Day 5 Sunday 22nd October - Waimakariri River      


   Spring Course Four - TWO SPACES LEFT
Day 1   Thursday 16th November - Pool and Flat Water        
Day 2 Friday 17th November - Hurunui Weekend                 
Day 3 Saturday 18th November - Hurunui Weekend                         
Day 4 Wednesday 22nd November  - Waimakariri River                              
Day 5 Thursday 23rd November - Waimakariri River      


Contact us today for an information pack!