We offer training and Grade 2 certification for those interested in kayaking and multi-sport races. Obtaining the Grade 2 Certification is compulsory for participating in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast multi sport race.

We’ve broken our training down into 3 stages to set you up for success when tackling the kayak session of Coast to Coast:

Stage 1: Grade 2 Preparation 

This half day Introduction to Kayaking is designed to prepare you for what to expect on the Grade 2 Certificate Course. It will get you working on your skills and aims to get you comfortable in the water.

Click here for our  Grade 2 Prep – Information Pack


  • Length: 4 hours
  • Equipment: Gear included
  • Location: Wanaka
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Cost: $199pp


    • Saturday 6th March 2021 (12.30- 17:00)
    • Sunday 21 March 2021 (09:00 – 13:00)
    • Saturday 10th April 2021 (12:30 – 17:00)
Grade 2 Preparation BOOK HERE 

Stage 2: Grade 2 Certification Course

We take you from the flat water to moving water, all the way to your Grade 2 assessment in 4 days.  Our experienced instructors are there to answer your questions and support you along the way. After completing this course, we also invite you to join us on a run of the Waimak before Coast to Coast. 

Click here for our Grade 2 Certification: Information Pack


  • Length: 4 days
  • Equipment: Gear included
  • Location: Clutha River and Hawea River (Wanaka)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Cost: $950pp



  • Thursday 1st to Sunday 5th April
  • Split Session:
    • 1. Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April
    • 2. Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th April


  • Split session:
    • 1. Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September
    • 2. Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th September
  • Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th October
  • Split session
    • 1. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October
    • 2. Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October
  • Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November
Grade 2 Certification Course – BOOK HERE 

Stage 3: Run the Waimak & group river runs

Run the Waimakariri

We will be putting up 2021 dates here to run the Waimakariri in October/November 2021 to get you familiar with the course before Coast to Coast. You must have your Grade 2 certificate to join this trip. 

  • Cost: TBC
  • Dates: TBC

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Group river runs

We will be running half day trips to practise skills and technique. We will run 1 per month with our experienced instructors for those who have their Grade 2 certificate. We recommend you use your own gear for these instructional sessions. 

  • Length: 4hours
  • Equipment: Bring your own (can be hired upon request)
  • Location: Clutha and Hawea River
  • Experience level: Grade 2 certified or above 
  • Cost: $199
  • Dates:
    • Sunday 11th April (9am – 1pm)
    • Saturday 1st May (9am -1pm)
    • June/July/Aug off
    • Saturday 4th Sept (9am – 1pm)
    • Sunday 3rd October (9am – 1pm)
  • To book on to a Group River Run please get in touch
Check out Our Crew to see who you might be chatting with. Our Lead Instructor Chris Thornton competed in Coast to Coast with his wife Bex in 2019. Since then he has been the Coast to Coast tail-end-Charlie and trained several Coast to Coast competitors. He heads up our Grade 2 programme and works closely with our other Paddle Wanaka kayak instructors to ensure you are as prepared as you can be for race day on the river.
Book online to secure your slots, limited spaces available. For any further questions email info@paddlewanaka.co.nz