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This is a two-day course.


Our canoe and kayak instructors and assessors help you gain your Coast to Coast Grade 2 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 kayaking 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 Grade 2 certificate.

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

Our canoe and kayak staff have a thirst for improvement through planning and preparation and our 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!


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Guidance for first-time Coast to Coast Multisporters

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 stage. Build river experience by attending our river trips. Our weekends away continue improving your kayak training.



Tandem Kayak Certificate Changes 2023

Based on industry feedback and our own observations, for the 2023 race, ALL 2023 competitors will require a full Grade 2 Certificate (exemption applications will still be considered). All “River Safety Courses” without paddling a kayak in Grade 2 water will not be sufficient after this change.

The Tandem section is designed to allow you to complete the race with a buddy and opens up the option for those who are not quite confident enough to paddle the river on their own, to still complete the epic journey.


Improvement in kayaking performance is key

The aim of our Multisport Kayak Training Course is to introduce you to multi-sport kayak stages in a safe and simple manner. SNM multisport instructors will teach you all the essential river skills you need to compete successfully in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast or Canterbury kayaking races; there is a lot! Our canoe and kayak instructors share their river paddling expertise with you as well as useful tips and skills for river racing in their top sport.

Take your canoe and kayak skills to the next level. Our Multisport Kayak Training Course is an innovative program helping multi-sport paddlers. This is an intensive skills training program that will take you on a topsport 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 2 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 trainers for Multisport Kayak Training Courses and assessors in Grade 2 Kayaking Skills Certificates for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Multi-Sport Championships.

Our coaching courses are perfect for paddlers with pervious experience, or beginners. You may have done a Grade II instruction Course in the past or you have alternative Grade II river tour paddling experience.


Frequently kayaking is equally important

Let our multisport kayak stages help you get race-ready for the Coast to Coast with two invaluable days on river trips. Our Multisport Kayak Training Course might include a Grade II Certificate provided you meet the required standard by the end of the two days. We strongly advise getting in plenty of paddling before joining us even if it is only on flat water. Make sure you come prepared so you can get the most out of your time with us. By the end of the two day canoe and kayak experiences you should be feeling confident, ready to train on river tours independently and most importantly race.

Don’t let those precious training hours go to waste. If you want to improve your multisport kayak stage efficiency and power, then a Multisport Kayak Training Course with our coaches is just what you need. SNM will help ensure you are engaging all the right muscles at the right time to get that boat gliding through the water. Make sure the effort you put in to each forward stroke is as a powerful and effective as possible. Don’t miss out on this topsport opportunity to make your paddling easier, less-injury prone, more enjoyable, and above all faster. Develop good habits early and get rid of any bad ones!

On this Multisport Kayak Training Course we help you navigate your journey from being a complete canoe and kayak beginner to a competent grade 2 certified kayaker with the knowledge, skills, technique, and equipment to not only take on the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, but to feel you belong on your adventure across the South Island of New Zealand.


Multisport Kayak Comparison

Stable - Generally a multisport dedicated kayak rather than a sea kayak. Again all grade 2 certified kayakers should be able to comfortably paddle these in all grade 2 situations without fear of instability.
Intermediate - Stable in flat water conditions, stability is less in grade 2 conditions. Intermediate kayaks generally need both experience kayaking and kayak specific fitness to manage in Grade 2 situations.
Elite- Generally unstable in both flatwater and grade 2 conditions. Usually require consistent forward momentum to remain stable. Kayakers will require both significant river kayaking skills and kayak specific fitness to manage an advanced kayak in Grade 2 conditions, specifically the C2C course.

Click here to see a list of actual kayak comparisons available in the industry.



Multisport kayak experiences

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

2 or 3 ‘laps’ are run each day,


Kayak Refresher Coaching Courses:

Done your Grade 2 Certificate ages ago? Haven't been on river trips for a while? This Multisport Kayak Training Course can also be used as a two day package designed to get you back on river tours feeling confident, plus help you see where you are at and get back on track.



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Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Emergency shelter
  • Repair kit
  • Hot thermos
  • Cooker / fuel
  • Knife / saw
  • Whistle
  • Throw bag
  • Split paddle





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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

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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 / buy