Beginners Courses

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Unfortunately our courses for 2021 are now full.

However you can email and be added to the wait list. We’ll also send you an email next July/August when applications open for our 2022 courses.


  • Course 1:  4 – 17 October (gear evenings: pick up 29 September, drop off 20 October).
  • Course 2:  26 October – 7 November (gear evenings: pick up 20 October, drop off 10 November).

The course cost is $425 per person ($100 deposit to confirm a place, balance payable by 1 September). This includes gear hire for the course duration, and club membership for the 2021-22 season. The course fills quickly, so don’t delay in signing up! You must be 16 years or older to attend.


The club runs two beginner courses each spring in October. Each course is 2 weeks long and includes all the required gear that you’ll need. Applications open in August.

The courses are taught by club members, and consist of 2 week night sessions each week, two morning sessions close to Christchurch the first weekend and an overnight trip away from Christchurch the second weekend with two days spent on the river.

Once you finish the course there will be plenty of grade 2 trips to attend , which is important if you wish to keep building upon what you learnt during the course.

If you wish to find out more, or have questions please contact: