This course is great for people aiming at doing the Speights Coast to Coast Race and is taught by David Tait who has paddled for 25+ years and has a background in adventure racing and multisport kayaking, but is also happy paddling on grade 3 & 4 water. David’s aim is that “you will go into the Coast to Coast confident and well prepared. You want to enter the biggest rapid on the course and think ‘this is going to be fun’ not ‘Will I survive this?’"
The Programme is designed to teach a skill or concept then allow participants to practice these between Grade 2 Course weekends. There is a strong focus on progression and each weekend will see participants grow in confidence and competence.
This day starts with an assessment of where our students are at skill and experience wise. We will talk about goals and expectations so we can tailor the programme to allow for the most growth for all involved. As a Trust our three core goals are for every programme to be safe, fun and educational so the day starts with river safety and we will also teach students the rescue techniques that are needed for them to be safe and to have fun. We will introduce our students to good paddling techniques and we will start developing their river reading skills. During this weekend participants will use White Water Kayaks (kayaks and gear supplied) and we will concentrate on boat control. We will also teach those all-important off the water skills such as how to carry a kayak on a car.
This is an overnight trip but we are only 45minutes from Napier so participants can head home if they need to.
This day is about putting together what was learnt on day one with a focus on being in control and using the boat to carve turns, run eddies and deal with boils and the like. We will help students to develop and to practice good paddle strokes including the sometimes-forgotten support strokes and we purposely spend most of the day without a rudder so our students develop good boat control and are not completely dependent on their rudder.
Mohaka means place of dance and we want our students to engage with the river in a beautiful dance.
The afternoon will see paddlers reintroduced to their multisport kayaks and rudders and there is always a huge amount of surprise how much their paddling has improved.
Participants will paddle their multisport boats having spent the time between the weekends practicing specific skills and strengthening weaknesses.
Students will practice the skills that have been taught during the first proportion of the programme and will build their confidence and skills during a series of grade 2 descents. The focus of the instruction on this day is on the fastest lines, picking options, predicting flow and direction, Running the bluff, spotting hazards early and picking the best path. Leading on from this is strategies for putting things right if things start to get out of shape and rebooting all the other skills we have taught you during your first two weekends
This day will be on the Ngaruroro River and is a longer paddle and is focused on skills needed for paddling braided rivers. It builds on the previous days lessons on is on the fastest lines, picking options, predicting flow and direction, Running the bluff, spotting hazards early and picking the best path.
Rebooting and Assessment Day. This day is about rebooting the skills taught over the first two weekends and can be used for paddlers wanting to do a reassessment of their Grade 2 Certificate. Each participant doing the full Grade 2 cert programme level of competence will be assessed and if they are at the required standard they will receive their Certificate that day and can choose to participate in the second day if they want. This day is held on the section of the Mohaka (Willow Flat to the Bridge) with a flow that replicates the Waimakariri River flow and feel. This section of river is one of the best sections of river to paddle for those wanting to be ready for the Coast to Coast and is a good fun day.
Assessment Day 2 (or Training Paddle for those who passed on day 1). This day is held on the section of the Mohaka (Willow Flat to the Bridge) with a flow that replicates the Waimakariri River flow and feel. This section of river is one of the best sections of river to paddle for those wanting to be ready for the Coast to Coast and is a good fun day. It is expected that most students will have passed their assessment on day 1 but by having a second day of assessment available those needing ‘a little more time’ have this available.