Coast To Coast

Grade Two Whitewater Certificate Course

To meet requirements for the NZ Speights Coast To Coast multisport event. 




Our kayak instructors are qualified members of Australian Canoeing with vast experience in many paddling disciplines from flatwater paddling, sea kayaking, whitewater, surf kayaking to competition racing. Let us help you achieve the kayaking skill level and technique thats right for you. Hire kayak and equipment available. Pop into our Gold Coast Kayak Shop 3/37 Township Drive, Burleigh Heads (exit 89 off M1) or call us on 0448422663 or email info@kayaksports.com.au

The Speight's Coast to Coast is the world’s premier multi-sport event. It is the benchmark by which all other multi-sport events are judged, both in New Zealand and overseas.

The race traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either two days (individuals or two person teams) or the one-day event (individuals only), competitors cycle 140 kms (three stages of 55km, 15 km and 70 km), run 36 km (including a 33 km mountain stage that crosses the Southern Alps) and kayak 67kms of the grade two Waimakariri River through the Grand Canyon of New Zealand, the Waimakariri Gorge.

The event is divided into three races - the One-Day or Longest Day event is for individuals only while the Two-Day event is for individuals and two person teams. In the Teams section the runner and the kayaker both do cycling stages. The only requirements for the race are that you meet the minimum age and provide a grade two kayaking certificate if you're an individual or a team kayaker.

Entries open for the event on June 1st each year. Overseas competitors have until 30th November to enter.  For info on the NZ Speights Coast to Coast multisport event visit www.coasttocoast.co.nz


3 Day Grade Two Whitewater Certificate Course


This course is designed to meet all certificate requirements for the NZ Coast to Coast event.

You will learn river dynamics at grade two whitewater level including features and hazards and how to avoid or minimise their risks. You will demonstrate correct paddle stroke selection and technique in moving water along with posture and balance to manouver your kayak in currents and eddies. In addition you will learn capsize rescue skills to get you back in your kayak with minimum of time loss. You must download the Grade Two Certificate form from the Coast to Coast website and complete it with your instructor.

Course duration: 3 full days

Group size: 3 - 6 persons

Cost $360 per person

Next Course: TBA

Bookings and enquiriesl: Phone 0448 422663