Beginner Courses

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

This page will be updated once we are ready to take applications for our Spring 2023 courses. You can email to be added to the waitlist and the Instruction Officer will notify you when applications open.


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: .