Beginner Courses

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

Applications are now open for our 2023 beginner courses.

COURSE 1: 03 – 15 Oct (gear evenings: pick up 26 Sep, drop off 17 Oct).
COURSE 2: 25 Oct – 05 Nov (gear evenings: pick up 17 Oct, drop off 07 Nov).

The course cost is $610 per person ($100 deposit to confirm a place, balance payable by 1st September). This includes gear hire for the course duration, river weekend accommodation and transport, and club membership for the 2023/24 season. The course fills quickly, so don’t delay in signing up! You must be 16 years or older to attend.

Sign up here for our 2023 courses.


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 July/August.

The courses are taught by club volunteers, and consist of 2 week night sessions each week, two half day 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: .