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Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking – Taupō


$449 per person

SKU: SK Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking - Taupo Category:

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 white water kayakers in a safe and progressive manner.

The course is based in Taupo - the North Island's premier beginner white water kayaking destination, and is run on various sections of the Waikato River. The course is designed to give participants a solid understanding of White Water 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 white water 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.

Day 1:  Taupo/Waikato River: We start with confidence routines and wet exits in the pool and then progress to the mighty Waikato River for an introduction to white water kayaking and river hydrology.
We focus on

  • Entering and exiting a kayak, including wet exits
  • Fundamental kayak strokes and techniques
  • Water confidence and white water swimming
  • Introduction to moving water
  • Self and peer rescue skills

Day 2: Waikato River: We spend every day on the river, encouraging you to push your boundaries, increase your knowledge and develop your kayaking skills on white water. Peer and self-rescues are taught and practised to a high level so you can be assured that you can look after yourself and your friends while kayaking.
We focus on

  • Building on kayak strokes and technique
  • River reading and hazard identification and management
  • Paddling rapids and choosing the best line
  • Continuing to build confidence

Fees include two days tuition by qualified, experienced, passionate white water instructors and all kayaking equipment.
Class sizes are limited to four participants per instructor, so maximum learning and safety goals can be achieved.
By participating in this course, you will be gaining the skills and knowledge to safely start you in a sport which provides years of enjoyment, personal challenge, connection with nature and access to an exclusive yet social community of like-minded people.

Accommodation and food are not included in the course costs, but we are happy to help organise this if requested.

 You will need to bring:

A warm change of clothes
Thermal top and bottoms
Wetsuit if you have one
Windproof and waterproof paddle jacket and trousers
Wet weather footwear
Old sandshoes or booties
Hats for sun and cold
Sunglasses (a cord is recommended to prevent loss)
Nose plug, Goggles, Towel, Lunch and Drinks

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.


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