Beginner Courses

Learn how to kayak, and see the outdoors from a new perspective

Applications are now open for our 2022 beginner courses.


  • COURSE 1
    05 – 16 October (gear evenings: pick up 28 September, drop off 18 October).
  • COURSE 2
    25 October – 06 November (gear evenings: pick up 18 October, drop off 09 November).

The course cost is $525 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 2022/23 season. The course fills quickly, so don’t delay in signing up! You must be 16 years or older to attend.

Sign up to our 2022 courses here


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. We will depart Christchurch on the Friday evening.

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 our Instruction Officer: .