Social Nature Movement has been kayaking for as long as rivers have flowed. We have built firm foundations in the kayaking industry having taught thousands of people to kayak. Our clients have been racing the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Grade 2 in large numbers where we have helped many in gaining their Grade 2 certificate.
Our staff have a thirst for improvement and our business has only strengthened.
If you want to do better on the river or are on the fast-track to your personal best, this service will extend your ability. Many individuals, serious competitors and athletes are coached by us after they have completed their certification, are on the road to their next big event, need to refresh or simply want more water time.
We coach and train primarily on flat and moving waters close to your home, school or work. Contact us, we will help!
Guidance for first-time Coast to Coast Kayak Training
Join our daily training and coaching club. Gain fundamental skills and knowledge helping you get started.
Attend our Grade 2 Training and Certification Course; required for the Coast to Coast Kayak section. Get further into moving water and real rivers.
Build river experience by attending our river trips. Our weekends away continue improving your kayak training.
Attend our guided Waimakariri (Coast to Coast Kayak race) river trip. We usually run reconnaissance trips from October and every month leading up to the Coast to Coast race. Guided trips are invaluable to your preparation to identify the best lines, experience the classic features and more.
Coast to Coast Grade 2 Training and Certification
1-4 days, $249 / day
This Coast to Coast grade 2 multi-sport kayak training and certification course teaches you essential river skills needed to compete successfully in your race and beyond. Your Coast to Coast Kayak Training course is more than training and certification, it opens the whole world of kayaking grade 2 rivers, extending your scope into white water kayaking, rafting etc. After this course you will not just survive the river, you will arrive in efficient and effective style.
- Low brace
- Draw / sculling
- Eskimo rolling your kayak,
- Ferry Glides,
River rescue and water safety:
- Rapid float swim position,
- Rescued by rope and boat,
Interpreting weather reports and river flow data,
Clothing and equipment,
- Spray deck
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
- Dry top
- Racing lines
- Wave trains
- Buffer waves
- Side currents
River rescue and water safety.
- Hazard identification and management,
- Foot entrapment
Each day runs from approx. 9 am to 4 pm,
2 or 3 ‘laps’ are run each day,
BBQ dinner provided on nights away.
No previous experience required (training and coaching club recommended)
Coast to Coast Kayak Training
There will be a qualified white water kayaking instructor to lead the group to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible. While on the river we provide many hints and tips to help improve your skills and performance.
Guided Waimakariri River $399
Social Nature Movement usually guides reconnaissance trips from October and every month leading up to the Coast to Coast race. The aim of our guided trips is to introduce you to the Coast to Coast section of the Waimakariri River with frequency and relevancy. Contact us for an information pack.
You are required to be fit enough for 5 to 6 hours of constant paddling in your kayak. Please ensure you are spending enough time training. It is a requirement for the trip that you have completed your Grade Two Certificate and are paddling a boat to match your ability.
Paddle on the Coast to Coast Course
Small group size
Local rivers $249 / day
Every month we go on rivers to practice reading racing lines, negotiating rapids and controlling our boats.
Success on the river is practically guaranteed.
Tuition and guidance is top-notch.
Advanced trips $249 / day
The course is only open to current Grade 2 Certified paddlers or equivalent. Take your skills to the next level. Our improvement course is an innovative program helping multi-sport paddlers. This is an intensive skills training program that will take you on a journey like no other.
These advanced trips also serve as a refresher package if you already have experience or you are on the fast-track to your first Coast to Coast Race. We also understand some people simply crave more while others want to switch off their minds and let their body unwind with the security of having a guide-on-the-side.
Insider secrets on Waimak’ short-cuts,
Trial different kayaks and paddles,
By learning how to eskimo kayak roll with lessons, Courses and Services in Auckland New Zealand with Social Nature Movement you will recover quicker, need not swim nor bail. You will become more adventurous and less conservative, quickly becoming more capable, competent and safer.
Training and Coaching Club
Maintain your technique and fitness, because the best way to train for kayaking, is to go kayaking! Seems simple but if you want to fine tune your kayaking skills or just spend more time on the water, join our training and coaching club.
Join us every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for a feel-good pre-work workout on the water. If you are stuck for a paddling partner, come meet other athletes and learn from each other. Let your endorphins flow with the 'athletes high' lingering well into the work day.