Coast to Coast kayak grade 2 certificate

Auckland Sea Kayaks has teamed up with the countries best white water coaches to provide training and certification for the Coast to Coast.

Starting from just $249 a day per person.

Guidance for first-time Coast to Coast Kayak Training

Join our daily training and coaching club. Gain fundamental kayak skills and knowledge, helping you get started.

Attend our Grade 2 Training and Certification Course; your grade 2 certificate is required for the Coast to Coast Kayak section. Get further into moving water and real rivers.

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.

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

Attend our guided Waimakariri (Coast to Coast Kayak race) river trip. We usually run reconnaissance trips from October and every month leading up to the Coast to Coast race. Guided trips are invaluable to your preparation to identify the best lines, experience the classic features and more.

Coast to Coast Grade 2 Training and Certification

1-4 days, $249 / day

This Coast to Coast grade 2 multi-sport kayak training and certification course teaches you essential river skills needed to compete successfully in your race and beyond. Your Coast to Coast Kayak Training course is more than training and a grade 2 certificate, it opens the whole world of kayaking grade 2 rivers, extending your scope into white water kayaking, rafting etc. After this course you will not just survive the river, you will arrive in efficient and effective style.



  • 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


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

2 or 3 ‘laps’ are run each day,

Video analysis,


No previous experience required (training and coaching club recommended)