Qualify for your Kathmandu Coast to  Coast Adventure Race Grade 2 Kayaking Certificate

The Kathmandu Coast to Coast is a multi-sport race crossing New Zealand’s South Island, held in February annually. Competitors run, bike and kayak through stunning scenery over 2 days.

New competitors need to be certified as competent at a range of skills in Grade 2 white water. We offer a range of training and assessment courses to assist in your preparation for this event.


 
 

The fastest kayak for you is the one that stays upright! Choose the best boat for your skill level, learn the skills to read the water, choose the best line paddle effectively otherwise you may have a visit from the jet boat rescue team (see video above).


Requirements

Competitors who have not previously completed the kayak leg of the Coast To Coast must be signed off by an approved assessor, that you are competent in the following:

Grade 2 Whitewater Kayaking Skills

  1. Identifies and responds appropriately to Grade 2 river features. Eddylines, wave trains, holes, buffer waves, bluffs, side currents and boils.

  2. Identifies and demonstrates paddling safe and efficient lines.

  3. Demonstrates efficient and effective forward paddling.

  4. Demonstrates efficient and effective forward and reverse sweep strokes. Remains balanced.

  5. Demonstrates effective low brace. Can right self from tipping point. Can use appropriately while paddling in rapid.

  6. Demonstrates breaking in and out of eddies. Can hold desired line. Remains balanced.

  7. Demonstrates ferry gliding. Can hold desired line. Remains balanced.

Grade 2 River Safety Skills

  1. Understands correct use of personal kayaking and safety equipment. Can identify appropriate and inappropriate equipment. Including kayak, PFD, helmet, thermals, paddle, spraydeck.

  2. Recognises and understands hazards associated with kayaking, including broaching, strainers and foot entrapment. The appropriate actions required to avoid or deal with these hazards are described and/or demonstrated.

  3. Demonstrates self rescue with kayak and gear. Candidate capsizes, stays calm, gathers equipment and efficiently moves to bank. Empties boat and paddling again within efficient timeframe.

  4. Demonstrates safe rapid float position (on back, feet first, feet up etc).

  5. Demonstrates assertive white water swimming across wave train and eddyline.

  6. Demonstrates being rescued with aid of another craft (kayaker and/or jet boat).

  7. Receives a throw bag as a swimmer in Grade 2. Correct holding of rope and body.

  8. Can describe and identify, prevention, symptoms and treatment of hypothermia.

  9. Recognises basic river signals and describes appropriate response.


Courses

It is expected that you will already have some paddling experience for these courses - at least the equivalent skill level of Paddle Australia Basic Skills. If you are new to paddling, we suggest you first attend our Introduction to White water Course - it includes the Basic Skills Certificate in gentle conditions and progresses to some white water experience on the Yarra River between Homestead and Wittens.

Intake and Assessment Weekend

Training session on the river on the Saturday, with assessment occurring on the Sunday.

Location: Goulburn River, Bluegums
Cost:
$450 for 2 days - includes plastic sea kayak, PFD, paddle and all safety gear. Less $50 if you are bringing all your own gear.
Max. participants: 6

Assessment Only
If you require assessment only - for more experienced white water paddlers. Please contact us prior to booking to discuss if unsure if you are ready to be assessed.

Location: Goulburn River, Bluegums
Cost:
$275 for 1 days - includes plastic sea kayak, PFD, paddle and all safety gear. Less $50 if you are bringing all your own gear.
Max. participants: 6

Private Tuition

We offer personalised 2 day training sessions for one-on-one attention.

Location: Goulburn River, Bluegums
Cost:
$800 for 2 days - includes plastic sea kayak, PFD, paddle and all safety gear.
Booking:
 To book please contact us via email to organise dates. We suggest allowing some practise time in between your first intake day and assessment date.
Following confirmation of a dates payment is requested to secure your place.

Location is subject to change due to river conditions - we will confirm the location at the time of booking and update where necessary.

Call us to discuss your requirements 03 9597 0549 or info@eastcoastkayaking.com 


Program Dates

Course

Coast to Coast Grade 2 Certificate - Training & Assessment Weekend

Coast to Coast Grade 2 Certificate - Assessment Day

Coast to Coast Grade 2 Certificate - Training & Assessment by Private Tuition

Introduction to White water

Location

Goulburn River, Bluegums
Saturday & Sunday

Goulburn River, Bluegums
Sunday

Goulburn River, Bluegums
2 days, dates as required

Yarra River, Homestead to Wittens
Saturday 9am-2pm

Dates

22-23 November 2019
10-11 January 2020

23 November 2019
11 January 2020

Dates as requested


7 September 2019