Refresh with Ryan - Intermediate Course
Refresh with Ryan - Intermediate Course

Refresh with Ryan - Intermediate Course

Regular price $495.00
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This two-day course is all about refreshing your river paddling. It's the perfect next stop for polishing up those Grade II Certificate Course skills.

We all know your Grade II Course is just the beginning, so if you are looking to continue to improve your skills then these two days are for you. This course is designed to help you freshen up your river reading and paddling skills, with the aim of further growing your confidence and ability. This is a great couple of days with Ryan on the river and we cannot recommend it enough.

Get back on the river with Ryan!! 

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Trip Details

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

Day One focuses on improving your boat control, boat placement, forward paddling and river reading skills. We will be helping you to improve your entry and set up for bluffs, wave trains as well as helping you to gain further control of your boat on the river. This is a crucial skill to have in the Gorge. The morning will see Ryan taking you through a series on drills and techniques to help improve these areas. You can expect to see some whiteboard theory before we get started. The afternoon will bring a lunch break before we head up to Woodstock for a 14km paddle back down to the Gorge Bridge. pastedGraphic.png

Day Two – Woodstock Bluff and Woodstock Paddle – 9am till approx 4pm 

Day Two will see us heading up to Woodstock for the morning. We will be consolidating the skills we worked on yesterday. Expect to be feeling a lot more confident in the boat today and perhaps pushing yourself a little harder. The morning will be spent with a bit more time on the whiteboard then some video analysis so you continue to focus on improving your confidence and lines.  Then a lunch break before a second paddle from Woodstock down to the Gorge Bridge. This is your opportunity to put everything you have learnt over the past two days into practice and ending the course on a high. 

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