Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking - Taupo

NZ $395.00
incl GST
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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.  Thats where the "Introduction to White Water Kayaking" 2 day course comes in - it is designed to help beginners become competent white water kayakers in 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!

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Practicing in the pool Rescue/Throw Bagging practice

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.
Day1:  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
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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.

The course cost is only $395 for 2 days... which includes all kayaking equipment hire and tuition by qualified, experienced and passionate white water instructors.  Class sizes are limited to 4 participants per instructor so maximum learning and safety goals can be achieved.  

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



Warm change of clothes, thermal top and bottoms, wetsuit if you have one, windproof and waterproof paddle jacket and trousers, hats for sun and cold, sunscreen, sun glasses (a cord is recommended to prevent loss), nose plug, goggles, wet weather foot wear, old sandshoes or booties, swimmers, towel and lunch and drinks.

Courses run periodically throughout the year so please contact us to inquire about upcoming course dates.
Canoe & Kayak Taupo
(07) 378 1003

Kayak and equipment is 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.


Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking - Taupo
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