Last-minute registration for open evening sessions is possible at the door, but space is limited, so register in advance to guarantee a spot.
Trip Leaders Seminar
This session is designed to recruit and support club members who are interested in contributing by
volunteering as trip leaders on club trips. Our mentorship process is designed to encourage you to start
small by assisting with easy day trips with an experienced leader. This seminar will consist of about a 1/2
hour information session on what is involved in leading a club trip and the rest of the evening in small
groups of 5-6 people engaging in Q&A with an experienced trip leader. We need more trip leaders so we
can expand our summer programming – please come! We may retire to the RA Fieldhouse (Pub) for some
social time afterwards. FREE & recommended for ALL members. RSVP so we know how many to expect.
Apr 12 Wed 7-9pm - RA Classroom Location: RA Centre Courtside A
Map & Compass Essentials Seminar
This Seminar is open to all and is also one of a series which is included in the Canoe Tripping certified
courses. This seminar is a prerequisite for attending the Advanced Navigation or the GPS Navigation
Seminars. This introduction to basic map reading and compass features and skills for canoe trippers will
cover how to: use a compass; orient a map to the direction of travel; take a bearing; triangulate your
position; determine average travelling speed with a watch and a map; determine and communicate
locations. What is declination, how to calculate it and transpose the information onto a map. Registration
for a full Canoe Tripping course includes this seminar and attendance is mandatory for both INTRO &
ADV certification. Bring your compass if you have one. If you don't, come & learn the best kind to buy!
Apr 25 Tue 7-9:30pm - RA Classroom Location: Outaouais
Register for this Seminar only: Barcode 9951 ($5 members or $10 non-members)
Advanced Navigation with Map & Compass for Canoe Trippers
Prerequisite: Map & Compass Essentials (Apr 25) or a basic knowledge of or previous experience with
map & compass. Attendance is NOT included in full course fees, but is mandatory for ADV certification.
Aim: This course is designed to reinforce your map and compass skills with a three-hour classroom
session to review all the skills necessary for successful navigation through unmarked bush. The field day
will involve brushing up on practical navigation skills in the morning and bushwhacking in the South
March Highlands all afternoon. Although participants do not need a high level of fitness (we go slowly),
they do need to feel comfortable being deep in the bush, a long way off any trails. This course is
unsuitable for novices or anyone with mobility issues. Dress for the weather, the rugged terrain and
mosquitoes, blackflies & ticks.
Bring: Lunch, Water and a good declination-adjusted mirror Compass. Advice on the best model to
purchase will be offered to registrants who need to acquire one.
Apr 28 Fri 7pm sharp -10pm - Advanced Navigation Part 1 of 2 – Map and Compass
Location: RA classroom: Outaouais
Apr 29 Sat 9am-5pm - Advanced Navigation Part 2 of 2 – Field Exercises South March Highlands
Enrolment limited to 12 participants – book early!
Registration Barcode 9952 for Parts 1&2 ($20)
PACKING for a Canoe Trip + Repair & 1st Aid Kits Seminar
Packing List – what to take and how to pack personal gear and group gear for a canoe trip. What you can
use that you already own. What you might need to buy and where to buy it in Ottawa. What features to
look for in basic equipment. How to pack for portaging and for varying weather conditions. Waterproofing
options and lightweight alternatives. Some aspects of group gear. What should be in a repair kit and in a
first aid kit. Registration for a full Canoe Tripping course includes this seminar and attendance is
mandatory for both INTRO & ADV certification.
May 2 Tues 7-9:30pm - RA Classroom Location: Courtside B
Register for this Seminar only: Barcode 9950 ($5members or $10non-members)
Camp FOOD, Hygiene, Stoves & Water
Canoe Trippers appreciate healthy, delicious meals more than you can imagine! We will present:
Canoe trip menu planning and packing: weight, nutrition, calories, ease of preparation, resistance to
spoilage of various foods, food dehydration. Group & personal kitchen gear. Packing, storage, and safety.
Introduction to various cooking methods: features of various types of camp stoves, dutch oven, outback
oven, twig stoves, campfires, fireboxes, safety. Camp hygiene: water filtration, dishes, waste disposal,
toilet practices. Leave No Trace principles. Registration for a full Canoe Tripping course includes this
seminar and attendance is mandatory for both INTRO & ADV certification.
May 4 Thu 7-9:30pm - RA Classroom Location: Courtside A
Register for this Seminar only: Barcode 9949 ($5members or $10non-members)
RACCC Club & Boathouse Orientation Seminar
The goal of this seminar is to get people involved early in the year and make them comfortable in
participating in trips at their level. This is a general introduction to the Club, including the different
programs that are available, how to sign up for trips, what equipment is needed for day and extended
trips. Included are practical demonstrations of canoe and camping equipment, how to reserve and sign out
equipment, how trip planning sessions work, how trip finances operate, and a practical session of how to
put a canoe on a car and tie it down safely. This info can also be found at raccc.ca - see the Handbook
section under the Membership tab.
The whole orientation is done in about an hour and a half. People are welcome to stay overtime and ask
any questions. We sometimes retire to the RA Fieldhouse (Pub) for some social time afterwards.
May 5 Fri 7-9pm (FREE, Open to ALL, mandatory for INTRO & ADV full course participants)
May 26 Fri 7-9pm (FREE, Recommended for ALL members)
KNOTS Night Seminar
Knots are fun. Tying down canoes, setting up tarps, tightening your tent guylines... for every job, there is a
knot that works perfectly for it. “Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it.”
During this seminar we learn and practice a series of essential knots for canoe trippers:
INTRO: Reef, Bowline, Sheet bend, Truckers’ hitch, Two half hitches, Taut-line
ADV: Figure Eight, Butterfly, Fisherman's, Prusik Loop, Clove hitch (Alpine butterfly)
BYO Rope if you can (we have plenty of extra). We also recommend http://www.animatedknots.com/
Registration for a full Canoe Tripping course includes this seminar and attendance is mandatory for both
INTRO & ADV certification.
May 9 Tue 7-9pm - RA Classroom Location: Courtside B
Register for this Seminar only: Barcode 9953 ($5members or $10non-members)
Trip Leadership & RISK Management Seminar
Emergencies or just bad situations can occur out in the wilderness and whether we are prepared for them
(or not) can make (or break) your trip. We will discuss risk anticipation, identification, reduction and then
crisis management strategies for canoe trip leaders, such as leadership, prioritization, STOP & think,
evacuation planning, communication options. We will introduce Raffan's Lemon Jackpot analogy and
group dynamics, with conflict resolution strategies. We will practice group brainstorming of various
scenarios. Registration for a full Canoe Tripping course includes this seminar and attendance is mandatory
for both INTRO & ADV certification.
May 11 Thu 7-9:30pm - RA Classroom Location: Courtside A
Register for this Seminar only: Barcode 9946 ($5members or $10non-members)