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Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking – Taranaki


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taranaki@canoeandkayak.co.nz  |  06 751 2340

SKU: SK Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking - Taranaki Category:


Check out these videos of a couple of our whitewater beginner courses…..this could be you!

Let’s be honest… white water kayaking is the best sport in the world!
But learning can be hard, a little bit daunting and sometimes dangerous.

That’s where the “Introduction to White Water Kayaking”two-day course comes in – it is designed to help beginners become competent whitewater kayakers in a safe and progressive manner.

The course is based in New Plymouth – one of the North Island’s premier beginner whitewater kayaking destinations. The course is designed to give participants a solid understanding of Whitewater Kayaking skills, rescue techniques, river reading techniques, hazard identification & management plus much more… the goal is to equip paddlers with the basic skills and knowledge to safely start kayaking on their own/with their friends!

Course Outline

The introduction to whitewater kayaking package is designed to build your kayaking skills in a safe and progressive manner, with the goal of developing you into a safe, confident and technically correct paddler.

FRIDAY: 7.00 pm MEET AT New Plymouth Aquatic centre (Kawaroa park): WET EXITS, WATER CONFIDENCE AND RESCUE TECHNIQUES
In a heated pool, we teach you about the easy ways of entering and exiting a kayak along with the methods of self and group rescues all in the beautiful warm waters of the pool.

SATURDAY: 9 am Meet at the Canoe and Kayak New Plymouth store.
Then on Lake at Waitara we work on paddle strokes, boat control and group and individual rescue.
After lunch, we paddle on the lower Waitara river to give you an introduction to moving water, eddies and currents and to familiarise you with the river for Sunday. Return to the Canoe & Kayak shop at 4 pm

SUNDAY: 9.30am meet at the Canoe and Kayak New Plymouth store (or previously arranged meeting place):
We start the day paddling from Spargo Road on the Waitara River developing moving water skills and safety techniques on moving water. The focus for the day is gradual progression allowing skills and confidence to grow.

Warm changes of clothes, polypropylene or woollen tops and bottoms, wetsuit if you have one, windproof and waterproof jacket, hats for the sun and cold, sun cream, sunglasses (a cord is recommended to prevent loss), wet weather footwear -old sandshoes or dive booties.
Kayak and equipment hire and instruction are included in the fees. Accommodation, transport and food are extra.
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Courses run periodically throughout the year so please contact us to inquire about upcoming course dates.

Canoe & Kayak Taranaki
(06) 751 2340


Kayak and equipment are included in the fees. (There is no rebate if you supply your own)
Transport is not included; it may be possible to share a ride with other clients or the instructors if available.