Beginners Courses

Become more awesome, learn how to kayak!


The club runs two beginners courses each year in October / November. Each course is 2 weeks long and includes all the required gear that you’ll need. Applications will be open from July/August.

The beginners courses are taught by club members. The course sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and two weekends. The weekday sessions include 3 pool sessions and a surf session. The first weekend consists of two morning sessions close to Christchurch and the second weekend is two full days spent near the river (it is an overnight weekend). In addition, new paddlers are strongly encouraged to come on the Show Weekend trip (mid November) to consolidate their skills before heading out on other club trips.

For safety reasons we reserve the right not to take paddlers on club trips when they have not yet developed the required skills.

2019 course dates

Course 1: 8 – 20 October (gear pickup 3 October)
Course 2: 29 October – 10 November (gear pickup 24 October)

Applications are now open at:

The 2019 cost is $395 per person ($100 deposit to confirm a place, balance payable by 1 September). This includes gear hire and membership of the club for the 2019-20 season. You must be 16 years or older to attend. The course books out quickly, so don’t delay in signing up!

If you wish to find out more contact: .