Canterbury Sea Kayak Network (CSKNet)

CSKNet is a network of sea kayakers from the Canterburay area, rather than a club. That is we don't have membership fees, a constitution or elected officers.
We use e-mail, this web site & facebook for contact with  'members'.
There are organised trips and an annual training weekend. These are all free.
'Members' give their time to provide CSKNet services.

There are other similar networks and kayak clubs around the country that support/are supported by the Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers (KASK).

To become a CSKN member you need to provide your e-mail address to the Club Contact.

Advertising is limited, perhaps to members selling their gear, the occaisional sale or new shop opening so that you know where to get the latest gear.

Finally, liability. Other than "acts of God" (see the film staring Billy Connolly, "The Man Who Sued God" ), you are ultimately responsible for your own safety. If conditions are such that you are not willing to paddle solo, be prepared to not go, or to turn back. Always let those paddling with you know your decision.

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Current paddling programme ends with daylight saving  - see document repository.

This update 12 Mar 2024

Monthly Meetings

Where:  we used to meet monthly during winter however we haven't had regular off-water meetings for a while. During the summer, paddling is on Wed evenings.

When:  when we do have a meeting it will probably be orgnaised around a specific topic, so could be Tues, Wed, or Thurs night to suit presenters.
Wednesday Morning Paddle
Meet at CASS BAY each Wednesday morning, on the water 9.30 a.m. .

Bring morning tea and something to drink – back at Cass Bay around midday.

Wednesday Evening Paddle - 6.00pm (on the water 6.30pm)
The Document Repository tab holds the pdf version of the
summer paddling programmes (daylight Saving period), often meeting at Cass Bay. Includes some weekend trips.

Recent Events

Okains Bay teaining weekend (& waka paddle), 17/18 Feb 2024.

Small-surf training 31 January 2024 at Scarborough

KASK KayakSafeNZ presetation was held on Wed 29 November 2023 at Kohinga (St Albans Community Ctr) followed by on-water at Cass Bay on 1 Dec 2023.

Okains Bay training - was held on the weekend of 25/26 Feb 2023.

KASK KayakSafeNZ presetation was held on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at Further Faster, followed on 26 Nov 2022 at Cass Bay.

Lake Heron weekend - Great weekend paddling, climbing and mountain biking

Wild Hokkaido - presentation by Rob and Haidee Thomson held on 23 August 2022 at Further Faster

OKains Bay training weekeend was 26/27 Feb 2022

28 Attendees, so numbers down a bit on the previous year, probably weather related however it was a great skills weekend.

KASK Meet The Paddlers was held on 4 Dec 2021 at the Naval Point Club Lyttelton and Magazine Bay.

Okains Bay training 20/21 Feb 2021

65 people attended the fantastic weekend, including 7 volunteer coaches.

Rescues and surf training were very well attended with two sessions of each on Saturday and another on Sunday. Beginners were well catered for in the Opara Stream esturay and easy surf on Sat morning. The whole group assembled at the Okains Bay Community Hall on Sat night for a series of short presentations, which seemed to be well received, first time we have used the hall. We camped at the sheltered eastern end of the camp ground for the first time. Conditions were so calm however that the benefit will need to be reserved for future years.