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Kayaking Grade Two Certificate

This is a two-day certification only. Please note; certificates are valid for two years!


Our kayak instructors and assessors help you gain your Coast to Coast Grade 2 Kayak Certificate through planning and preparation for kayak stages.

Social Nature Movement has been kayaking as long as rivers have flowed. Our firm foundations in the canoe and kayak topsport industry have seen thousands of people successfully kayak. Our clients race the Kathmandu Coast to Coast in large numbers because we help many in gaining their Kayaking Grade II Certificate.

If you want to do better on river trips or are on the fast-track to your personal best kayak stage, this service will extend your ability beyond Canterbury kayaking. Many individuals, serious competitors and athletes are coached by us after they have completed their Kayaking Grade Two Certificate, are on the road to their next big event, need to refresh or simply want more water time.

Our staff have a thirst for improvement through planning and preparation and our canoe and kayak business has only strengthened. We coach and train primarily on flat and moving waters close to your home, school or work. Contact us, we will help!

This Coast to Coast Kayaking Grade 2 Certificate teaches you essential river skills needed to compete successfully in your race and beyond. Your Coast to Coast Kayak Grade II Certificate opens the whole world of kayaking grade 2 river tours, extending your scope into white water kayak stages, rafting etc. After this Grade Two certification you will not just survive the river trip, you will arrive in efficient and effective style.


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Guidance for first-time Coast to Coast Kayakers

First: Attend our Kayak Coaching and Training; gain fundamental kayak skills and knowledge, helping you get started.

Then: Book our Multi Sport Kayak Course; get further into moving water and real river tours. Find a boat, paddle etc. you need to race with. Getting suitable gear that works for you is essential. Visit our shop for more clothing and equipment.

Later: Enter our Kayaking Grade Two Certificate; your grade 2 certificate is required for the Coast to Coast Kayak section. Build river experience by attending our river trips. Our weekends away continue improving your kayak stages.


Grade 2 certificates are just the beginning...

If you’re new to canoeing and kayaking, your Kayaking Grade II Certificate is just the beginning. This grade two certification will help you to improve both your river reading and paddling skills, with the aim of growing in both confidence and ability. This is a great couple of days on the river and we cannot recommend it enough; it's a topsport.

This Kayaking Grade 2 Certificate 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, watched Canterbury kayaking races, be moving into a new canoe and kayak or a seasoned multisport kayaking paddler looking to get more out of your kayak stages and gain precious time. Which ever you are your Kayaking Grade II Certificate was just the beginning. Even if you have been paddling for years, our Kayaking Grade Two Certificate 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 SNM and we cannot recommend it enough.


Better lines and faster times!

Take your skills to the next level. Our Kayaking Grade 2 Certificate is an innovative program helping topsport multi-sport paddlers. This is an intensive canoe and kayak staged training program that will take you on a journey like no other than the Canterbury kayaking race. These advanced trips also serve as a refresher package if you already have Coast to Coast Grade Two multi-sport kayaking experiences or you are on the fast-track to your first Coast to Coast Race. We also understand some people simply crave more while others want to switch off their minds and let their body unwind with the security of having a guide-on-the-side. Social Nature Movement are authorised assessors in Kayaking Grade Two Certificate for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Multi-Sport Championships.

New Zealand’s most comprehensive Kayaking Grade 2 Certificate package designed to build your kayaking skills in a safe and progressive manner, with the goal of developing you into a safe and self-sufficient topsport paddler capable and grade II certified to race in events such the Kathmandu’s COAST TO COAST Multisport competition. Starting with the basics of canoe and kayak knowledge, progressing through white water techniques and finishing up with river running, this course will cover all the areas and skills that you need to know for multisport racing. This multisport kayaking grade two certification includes assessment and you will be awarded a Kayaking Grade 2 Certificate.


Grade two kayak experiences

Each day runs from approx. 9 am to 4 pm,

2 or 3 ‘laps’ are run each day,



One staff

Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Hot thermos
  • Knife and saw
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter
  • Repair kit
  • Split / spare paddle
  • Pump
  • Paddle float
  • Throw bag
  • Tow line





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  • Forward
  • Sweep
  • Reverse
  • Low brace
  • Draw / sculling
  • angle
  • speed
  • edge
  • deflection
  • Eskimo rolling your kayak,
  • Ferry Glides,
  • Wet-exit,
River rescue and water safety:
  • Self-rescue,
  • Rapid float swim position,
  • Rescued by rope and boat,
  • Swimming,
  • Throw-bagging.



Interpreting weather reports and river flow data,

Clothing and equipment:
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Spray deck
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Helmet
  • Dry top
  • Insulation
River hydrology:
  • Racing lines
  • Rapids
  • Eddys
  • Wave trains
  • Holes
  • Buffer waves
  • Side currents
  • Bluffs
  • Braids
  • Boils
River rescue and water safety:
  • Hypothermia,
  • Hazard identification and management,
    • broaching
    • Strainers
    • Foot entrapment



It is shorthand for cubic metre(s) per second. That means there is - for example - a volumetric flow rate equal to that of a cube with sides of one metre moving past a stationary point each second. Data in units of cumec are used along the y-axis or vertical axis of a flow hydrograph.

Here is a CUMEC conversion for you:

1 cubic metre per second = 1000 litres per second

≈ 219.969248 imperial gallons per second

≈ 264.172051 US gallons per second

≈ 35.314454 cubic feet per second

≈ 1.305 cubic yards per second

This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Spray Deck
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Helmet
  • Dry top
  • Insulation layer / fleece
  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear / booties
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

Because we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent


  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery


All of the above is available to rent / hire or buy