Date(s) Price(s)
June 7-9, 2024 $450
July 19-21, 2024 $450

Learn to Canoe in Whitewater from Experienced Guides

Whitewater canoeing is a thrilling outdoor pursuit that blends the excitement of maneuvering through swift currents with the stunning allure of the natural world. Our Intro to Whitewater Canoeing Course is designed for individuals with little or no experience in this exciting sport, as well as those who have not received formal training in whitewater techniques. Led by experienced guides, this course will equip you with the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence to embark on your own whitewater canoeing adventures safely. Participants are asked to arrive by 7 p.m. Friday, and the course includes lodging and paddling equipment but not meals (you will have access to a full kitchen for your meal prep). The curriculum covers a range of topics, such as canoe design and handling properties, whitewater strokes, equipment, safety, self-rescue, group management, throw bag use, river hazards, river reading and scouting, paddle signals, and essential maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, side slips, and surfing.


  1. Lodging (access to a full kitchen for your meal prep) and paddling equipment
  2. One instructor
  3. Student to instructor ratio is 4:1


  1. Meals, however you will have access to a kitchen for meal prep in our lodge

Course Details

The Whitewater Canoeing Course course begins with participants arriving by 7 p.m. on Friday, ready for an action-packed weekend of learning and fun. Lodging is included in the course price, ensuring a comfortable stay for the duration of your training. While meals are not provided, participants will have access to a fully equipped kitchen for meal preparation, allowing them to enjoy their preferred dishes and accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Throughout the Whitewater Canoeing Course, all necessary paddling equipment will be provided, including canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices (PFDs), and helmets. Our guides will help you understand the purpose and proper use of each piece of equipment and offer advice on selecting the most suitable gear for your needs and goals.

The course schedule is designed to maximize your learning experience, with ample time for theoretical instruction and hands-on practice. Our skilled instructors will lead you through each subject, guaranteeing a solid grasp of the core principles of the Whitewater Canoeing Course.

Whitewater Strokes and Techniques

Mastering the essential strokes and techniques for maneuvering in whitewater is crucial for a safe and enjoyable canoeing experience. Our  Whitewater Canoeing Course will cover keystrokes such as the forward stroke, which propels the canoe in a straight line, and the sweep stroke, which is used to turn the canoe. You’ll also learn the draw stroke for moving the canoe sideways and the pry stroke for steering away from obstacles.

Proper body positioning and weight distribution are vital components of efficient paddling and maintaining stability in the canoe. Our instructors will demonstrate and help you practice these techniques, focusing on maintaining a low center of gravity and using your core strength for powerful, controlled strokes.

Whitewater Equipment and Safety

Safety is of utmost importance when venturing into whitewater environments. Our course will cover essential equipment like PFDs, helmets, and paddles, as well as dry and floatation bags to protect your belongings and aid in buoyancy. Instructors will emphasize the importance of proper equipment maintenance, fitting, and usage, as well as general safety guidelines and precautions. By the end of the Whitewater Canoeing Course, you’ll have the knowledge and tools necessary to embark on your whitewater canoeing adventures with confidence and a strong focus on safety.

Join our Intro to Whitewater Canoeing Course and let our seasoned guides teach you the essential skills and techniques for a safe and unforgettable experience on the water. Don’t miss this chance to transform your outdoor adventures and unlock a new passion. Register now to secure your spot in the course, as spaces fill up quickly.

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