Februrary 2021 Athlete Preparation | Coast to Coast Kayaking Course

Coast to Coast Race Preparation Course 2021

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Kathmandu Coast to Coast Race Preparation Course 2021

If you are travelling from overseas or another part of New Zealand and new to the Waimakariri River then this course is the best option for you. This two-day course is the perfect couple of days to familiarise yourself with the river and the famous Coast to Coast race course. Let our instructor’s help you fine tune your river paddling skills with a full day of instruction on the Woodstock section of the river on day one and then paddle the famous Gorge section of the river on day two. If you are anxious about the paddling section of the race then these two days will go a long way to easing your nerves. We cannot recommend this course enough. For many of our previous competitors this has been the difference between finishing the race and not.

Return transport from Christchurch is provided each day

Day One

Welcome to the Waimakariri River. For some of you this may be your first opportunity to paddle a long NZ style multisport kayak on a braided river. Today will be all about familiarising yourself with your kayak and our river. We will be paddling at the Gorge Bridge, which is the finish of the Coast to Coast paddle section. Our instructors will be focused on teaching you the basic skills you need to navigate the river safely. We will be helping you to improve your forward paddling, boat placement and river reading skills. We will be teaching you how to set your boat up for bluffs, wave trains and helping you to gain further control of your boat on the river. We will be taking you through a series of drills and techniques to help improve these areas. You can expect to see some whiteboard theory and some video analysis too if we have time.

Day Two

Day two is a trip down the Waimakariri Gorge to Woodstock. This is a 55km paddle and will be approximately 5 to 6 hours of paddling. By the end
of today you will have paddled the full 69km paddle section of the Coast to Coast over the two days and
gain some invaluable skills and confidence along the way. This section today includes the famous Rock Gardens and the Gorge. Our instructors know this river better than anyone and will be guiding you safely down the river. They will help you identify effective lines for race lines and important landmarks and features along the way.


Topsport Kayaking Specialists Limited Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy allows clients to reschedule or cancel their booked course or guided trip provided enough notice is given. This policy helps support our small business when there is not enough time to replace a booking if someone cancels their space at short notice. 

Cancelling or rescheduling your course or trip

If for any reason you need to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run, you will receive a refund minus our cancelation fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 days before your Grade II Course starts or 7 days before your Gorge Trip or Mountain Run. If enough notice is given Topsport Kayaking will gladly re-book your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run to a new available date at no charge. However if you cancel or reschedule your course or trip inside of this time period the full amount is still payable.

We deduct a cancellation fee for ALL courses and guided trips that are cancelled by our clients. Your amount refunded depends on the amount of notice you provide as above.

Our Cancelation fee’s are as follows:

  • Grade II Certificate Course - $100
  • Guided River Trip - $39
  • Guided Run Trip - $39

Cancelling Part of your Grade II Course

If for some reason you are unable to attend a day or days of your kayak course we will try to rebook you with another group, if successful there is an additional cost of $190 per day. There is a no refund for the days missed.

Weather & Flow Conditions

Safety requirements may force us to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run for a number possible of reasons (eg. bad weather, river flow level, wind, etc). If we need to cancel your trip we will contact you as soon as possible. We may be forced to cancel your trip the morning-of or the day prior, if this happens you will be either: 1) Refunded the full amount of your trip fee (minus your booking fee) OR 2) You may choose to re-book to a new date at no additional charge. In exceptional circumstances we may need to cancel your trip after travelling to the start location or even part-way through your trip as conditions change. Typically we decide prior to leaving town but sometimes we make the extra effort to make an important trip take place e.g race week and overseas clients. If this happens there is a minimum cost of $100 pp. Our standards are to cancel are trip using the latest weather and flow resources BEFORE we leave town but occasionally the forecast is incorrect and we do not know until arriving at the start location. Cancelling your Coast to Coast Kayak Hire Booking Topsport Kayaking will gladly cancel your Coast to Coast kayak hire booking provided you contact us at least 4 weeks before the hire period. A cancellation charge to the value of 20% of the original hire fee will be deducted. You will be credited back the balance through your original form of payment. If you cancel your hire out of this time period the full amount is still payable.

The topsport team

Why choose us?

All of the staff here at Topsport have competed in many multisport races at a high level, including the iconic Coast to Coast. We know what it takes to get down the river safely, with the right technology while having a good time. 

Learn More About Our Team

Testimonials

Topsport Kayaking was instrumental in all three of my Longest Day victories. Len and Caleb’s help was invaluable and I owe my success on the river to them. I completed my Grade Two course with Topsport and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone getting into the sport. Thanks Topsport!

Emily Miazga

Thanks Topsport for a totally awesome time. The advice, tuition and guidance I got from both of you has been worth every cent. The professionalism of the course is outstanding - yet you guys still make it fun and casual. I have learnt heaps, had a lot of laughs, met some awesome people and had some totally memorable times. Thanks so much for helping me grow as a paddler!

Rob Abraas