The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course
The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course
The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course
The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course

The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course

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This is an ADVANCED Course and suitable for paddlers who have already done the Coast to Coast. You MUST be confident paddling your kayak. 

Cost includes $210 per person Jet Boat Fee with Alpine Jet. 

This is a small group with just 4 paddlers in total. 

This 2.5 day course is all about stepping up your skills!

This is the perfect course to tackle if you're looking to take your skills to the next level. You may have just ticked off your first Coast to Coast, be moving into a new kayak or a seasoned paddler looking to get more out of your kayaking and gain precious time. Which ever you are your Grade II Course was 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. 

Download everything you need to know here!

Trip Details

Day One

To get started with this course we have a few hours of technique and flat water efficiency on the Avon River. Sam will be able to spend time with each paddler individually. You will be sent a personalised video to look back on after the session. This is from 3pm on Friday afternoon. 

Day Two 

    Day Two 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 Three 

      Day Three 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.

      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.


      This is a great weekend on the river but don't just listen to us....

      "I've been paddling multisport boats for a few years & wanted to learn some new skills so I attended "The Next Level" with Sam Manson in October 2020. The two days were hugely worthwhile, getting instruction from someone with the experience and skill level of Sam was just invaluable. The whole TSK team are all very professional and the course had a great balance of positive encouragement, challenges & fun. I really got a huge amount out of this course and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their kayaking knowledge and skills."

      Phil Damen Paddling his JKK Total Eclipse SS 

      "Each year I keep coming back to do a trip down the river with Topsport Kayaking because I keep having the best paddling experiences ever with their guides. They are very professional, have a tremendous level of skills and experience and all of them provide a fantastic balance of encouragement and challenge the way they teach. I did the "The Next Level" with Sam Manson in October 2020 and I can't recommend Sam and Topsport Kayaking highly enough. I learnt so much. What really helps are their communication and management skills from the day you sign up for a course till you have finished it, one feels very well looked after and cared for. I will sign up again and keep recommending them to my very best friends and others"
      Simone Maier paddling her JKK Magnetar. Longest Day Champion 2019 & 2021

      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.

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      Cancellation Policy - Terms and Conditions 

      COVID 19 - Standard cancelation policy applies

      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 local business when there is not enough time to replace a booking if someone cancels their space at short notice. 

      Cancelling a booking 

      If for any reason (this includes illness, COVID, travel delays and injuries) 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 21 full days before your booking and your trip or course has been booked for less than 90 days. If your trip or course has been booked for more than 90 days a 50% refund will be given. 

      We deduct an administration fee for any courses or trips that are cancelled.

      Our Cancelation fee’s are as follows:

      • Grade II Certificate Course - $400
      • Guided River Trip - $49
      • Guided Run Trip - $49
      • Refresh with Ryan - $49
      • Guided Run/River Combo - $89
      • The Next Level - $89

      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 in with another group, if successful there is an additional cost of $250 per day. There is a no refund for the days missed.

      Rescheduling a booking 

      If you need to reschedule your course or trip, Topsport requires a minimum of 14 full days notice. Any booking rescheduled outside this time period will require a new booking and new payment. 

      All rescheduled trips are subject to an administration fee which is as follows: 

      • Grade II Certificate Course - $49
      • Guided River Trip - $49
      • Guided Run Trip - $49
      • Refresh with Ryan - $49
      • Guided Run/River Combo - $49
      • The Next Level - $49

      Weather & Flow Conditions

      Safety requirements may force us to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run for a number 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. This may be in the days leading up to your trip or in the morning of the trip. If this happens you will be provided with a code to rebook your trip at no charge on another date that suits. 

      When travelling from out of town PLEASE make sure you book flexi flights and accomodation as none of our trips are ever guaranteed to run. We can only operate our trips when weather and river conditions are safe to do so. 

      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 prior to the 30th of November 2023. 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 outside of this time period the full amount is still payable.


      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. 


      Don't take our word for it


      I recently completed my Grade II Assessment with Topsport Kayaking. The service provided by the team was excellent. The email communications were clear with excellent detail. The check in app was also very easy to use. On the days, my instructors Sam and Phil were excellent, incredibly knowledgeable with a strong emphasis on safety and completing all skills to a high standard. The Gorge trip was well organized and at all times, I felt I was in safe hands. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending using Topsport for kayaking trips and/or training again the future. Thanks so much for such a positive experience team!


      Grade II Assessment November 2022 


      Just a quick note to say thank you. Ryan and Zack were excellent instructors. They managed the certification course as true professionals. It’s not easy to instil confidence, build student skills, and deal with some challenging environmental conditions. I was particularly impressed with Ryan’s enthusiasm for all-things-paddling. His passion and ability shone through. 


      Grade II Certificate Course November 2022


      Just wanna say a big thank you for a great day through the Gorge yesterday. Big ups to Len, Sam and Phil. Our guides Sam and Phil were very professional and had our safety at the forefront of their thinking in quite challenging river conditions. It was great to learn wee titbits from these two very experienced paddlers. 


      Waimakariri Guided River Trip November 2022


      Wanted to send a quick email to say thank you for the Grade II Kayak course I just attended over the weekend. Ryan and Zack did a great job, they were friendly, professional and did a great job keeping our course on track and progressing while the weather gods tried hard to disrupt things. They are clearly capable young men, but their kayaking passion, capability and knowledge were the real difference. I learnt a lot and certainly feel more confident as a novice kayaker – thank you very much.


      Grade II Certificate October 2022