The Next Level with Sam Manson | Coast to Coast Kayaking Skills Course

The Next Level with Sam Manson

Regular price $595.00
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These courses are all SOLD OUT for 2020. Please contact us to go on the waitlist as avalibilty can change. 

This two-day course is all about stepping up your skills.

It is the perfect next step after your Grade II Certificate Course, or the seasoned paddler who is ready to get more out of their kayaking. If you’re new to kayaking your Grade II Course is just the beginning. Even if you have been paddling for years, this course will help you to improve both your river reading and paddling skills with the aim of understanding how to identify the fastest lines for race day. You will gain in both confidence and ability over the duration of this course. This is a great couple of days on the river with Sam and we cannot recommend it enough. 

Day One

    Day One focuses on improving your boat control, boat placement, forward paddling and river reading skills. We will be teaching you how to set your boat up for paddling bluffs, wave trains and gaining further control of your boat on the river, particularly the gorge. 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.

    Day Two

      Day Two will see you travelling by jet boat up into the Gorge for the day. Today will be focused on running a variety of bluffs and rapids and further improving the techniques and skills we worked on during Day One. We will be looking to build your skills and confidence on some of the tricker features on the river. There will be the opportunity to paddle some of these features multiple times and fine-tune those lines! Sam will demonstrate good race lines and continue to work on your river reading skills.

      This is a great weekend on the river and we cannot recommend it enough.


      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


      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