Intermediate & Advanced Courses

The Next Step; Beginner to Intermediate Class 2-3

Half Day $199 / Full Day $339

(Multi-Day courses available upon request)

Kaituna River (below Trout Pool Falls and control gates to Kaituna Cascades rafting base)/ Tarawera River/ Rangitaiki River (Aniwhenua Section)/ Mohaka River/ Waikato River (Reid’s Farm section)/ Wairoa River (class 2 slalom course)


  • Reiterate every aspect of the Intro to Whitewater course in more detail. If this is your first course with us, we will go over the content of the Beginner course, with added content related to class 3 including; downriver navigation techniques, s-turns, eddy hopping, eddy identification and more advanced angles of entry to and exit from eddies.
  • More advanced river signals.
  • Overview of the new equipment you will use and need; life jacket with rescue belt/quick release, carabiners, slings, prusiks and appropriate footwear.
  • Intermediate paddling techniques: bow draws, feathering, sculling, bracing, ruddering.
  • Move onto faster moving water and stronger eddy lines.
  • Surfing standing waves.
  • Boofing.
  • Scouting rapids, identifying hazards and picking a line.
  • Running sufficient safety on bigger rapids/rolling cover/downstream cover.
  • Intermediate throw bag skills.
  • How to retrieve a pinned kayak.
  • Overview of group techniques to walk across the river in fast flow.
  • Swimming in class 2-3 whitewater.
  • Wet exit with an emphasis on self rescue; swimming with kayak and paddle
  • Intermediate teamwork techniques on a river.

Kaituna Confidence Courses
(Intermediate to Advanced)

2 Days, $599

  • Kaituna River (commercial section, gates to above Trout Pool Falls)
  • To participate in this course you must complete at least one of our ‘The next step’ courses, be able to demonstrate competency another way (such as a video of you kayaking the above named river section), or make a prior visit to us so we can assess your skill level to ensure it’s sufficient.
  • It is mandatory to have the correct PFD with the following equipment: rescue harness with quick release, 3 x locking carabiners, 3 x 1m prusik cords, at least 15m throw bag, 2 x 3-4m tubular webbing slings, a whistle, a watch, at least one airbag (unless participating in our expedition course). If you require any of this gear, let us know. 
  • This course will have a larger river rescue component including but not limited to: advanced throw bag skills and techniques, rope systems, portage techniques, foot entrapment rescue, improvised harnesses, live bait situations.
  • Hand rolling.
  • Risk management.
  • Correct protocol for contacting emergency services.
  • How to use, and when not to use. an Eperb/Spot/SOS.
  • Kayaking specific first aid. 

    This course is also ideal for kayakers who are running these rivers already and want to learn some advanced tricks and techniques to help progress and push themselves further on familiar sections, such as:
  • Head dipping
  • Lean boofing
  • Free wheels
  • Cartwheels
  • Advanced surfing techniques
  • Front loops
  • Catching micro eddies
  • Flat spins

Custom Skills Clinics Available!

Let us know what you want to do and how many people you are, we can organize a custom river trip that suits you, your team and your abilities.

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