Coast to Coast February Training Course 2024
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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.
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 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.
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.