Grade II Reassessment | Coast to Coast Kayaking Courses | Topsport
Grade II Reassessment | Coast to Coast Kayaking Courses | Topsport
Grade II Assessment

Grade II Assessment

Regular price $599.00
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 Two Day Course - Including Gorge Trip 

This two-day course is perfect for paddlers with pervious experience. You may have done a Grade II Course in the past or you have alternative Grade II river paddling experience and don't need a full 4 days with us. 

Let our instructor's help you get ready for the Coast to Coast with two invaluable days on the river. This course will include a Grade II Certificate provided you meet the required standard by the end of the two days. We strongly advise getting in plenty of paddling before joining us even if it is only on flat water. Make sure you come prepared so you can get the most out of your time with us. By the end of the two days you should be feeling confident, ready to train on the river independently and most importantly race. 

Download everything you need to know here!

Course Details

Day One – Gorge Bridge and Woodstock  – 9am till approx 4pm

Day One is all about getting back on the river and going over all those basic skills you learnt a while back on your Grade II Course. We will be brushing up on your edging, ferry gliding, boat control and self-rescuing skills, so yes you are going to have to get wet if you want that Certificate. Today will be a combination of teaching from our instructors along with you showing us you still have what it takes. At the end of today we want to make sure you are feeling well prepared before heading through the Gorge.

Day Two – Waimakariri Gorge – 6.30am till approx 4 - 5pm 

Day Two will see you travelling up to Mt White Bridge and paddling through the Gorge to Woodstock. This is a 55km paddle so you need to fit enough to handle the day on the river. Our instructors will guide you down the river, helping you to paddle some great race lines on some of the tricker features on the river. Today will be all about navigating the Rock Gardens, bluffs and rapids successfully to make sure you are ready to compete safely in the Coast to Coast and get that Grade II Certificate.

Travelling Athlete Info

If you are travelling from outside of Christchurch to spend some time with us on the river or over the mountain here is some information to help plan you trip.

Download the info here.


These requirements are in place for your safety and to ensure we can fit you in one of our boats (if required)

  • You must be able to swim 
  • Weigh less than 110kg
  • Be shorter than 6'4.

Please contact us to discuss options if you don’t the fit these requirements.

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, 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 - $149
  • Guided River Trip - $39
  • Guided Run Trip - $27
  • Guided Run/River Combo - $59
  • The Next Level - $63 
  • The Next Step - $49

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.


Any cancellation due to Covid restrictions is to be a credit. 

What if I book now and COVID-19 ruins my plans?

If we have to call a course or trip off due to COVID-19 restrictions within NZ, we'll be happy to reschedule your booking to a later date a no additional charge. When this is not possible we'll issue you with a credit for a future course.

If you are travelling from overseas, we are happy to accept your booking, however we cannot accept any responsibility for your inability to attend due to border / travel restrictions arising as a result from the COVID-19 pandemic. So you'll be subject to our standard cancellation policy. 

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