Grade II Assessment
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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.
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.
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.