UCCC runs various training programmes.
This is our primary White Water course, and is aimed at people with little or no experience in kayaking. This course is spread over one week (evenings & weekend) and covers all the basic paddling skills. It has multiple sessions of instruction, generally including a pool session, a flat water session, a surf session, and a weekend river trip.
The course has a friendly and social atmosphere and provides an excellent opportunity to get to know other club members. Typically the course has an all-inclusive cost of ~$150 covering petrol, hire fees, pool rental, food/keg & instructor time. White Water Week occurs in the mid semester holidays and is an excellent stepping stone for Z2H paddlers to build on their newly learnt paddling skills.
The training pool at Wharanui is available on Tuesday evenings for rolling practice. Our friendly instructors are usually happy to come along and help you out. Emails are sent out to all UCCC members on the email list with a signup form for rolling whenever it is happening. But be quick! There is a limited amount of spaces. We also occasionally book the pool in the weekends for UCCC exclusive rolling sessions. Any further questions feel free to contact our rolling officers!
If you would like to become a UCCC instructor, there are usually a few sessions each year where you can learn to teach kayaking more effectively. At the start of every year, we hold our Leaders and Seconds course. This involves camping at the Hurunui for the weekend, where you will be filled in on effective instruction and river safety, and you can familiarize yourself with our usual Combo's run. If you want more infomation on this, want to see if you are good enough/fit the requirements to come on these sessions, or just want to further your paddling abbility so you can work towards becoming a UCCC instructor, contact the Development Officer.
Regular training sessions are held over the winter, when the MCPA competition is running. Priority for gear and pool time will be given to players registered for the competition, but we can often fit in one or two extras. Often the best way to train is to play; the club usually has at least one team playing in weekly competitions. Any further questions go onto the polo page or feel free to contact the Polo Officer!