Training

Whitewater Training

2020 Whitewater Training Program

Beginner Courses

The tandem beginner training program is designed to bring paddlers with some flatwater paddling experience up to the level required for admission to the Whitewater List and participation in club trips. The course consists of one half-day in town segment to practise basic skills to move the boat, to learn about particular whitewater gear requirements and to plan the logistics for the weekend segment of the course.

The solo beginners course is generally taken by paddlers with some tandem whitewater experience, but the club permits those who wish to begin whitewater solo to do so. Paddlers who wish to start in a solo boat need to be aware that the learning curve is much steeper as there are additional skills for solo boating that must be learned at the same time.

All club courses are taught to Paddle Canada standards and all club whitewater instructors are certified by Paddle Canada. The tandem beginner course, however, is “Paddle Canada Introductory Skills +” as the standard for admission to the Whitewater List requires Introductory skills, but on Class II rather than Class I water. About 99% of those who take the club beginner course pass the Paddle Canada Introductory Skills level, and over 90% make the Whitewater List. Post-course coaching sessions are offered to allow those who did not make the Whitewater List to improve their skills.

First year beginners can get out most weekends from June to October to have fun on local rivers. Beginner suitable rivers include the Lower Madawaska, the Ottawa Middle Channel, the Petite Nation, the Petawawa, the Dumoine, the Coulonge and the Noire.

More information on individual courses is available by clicking on the hyperlinks below.

Whitewater Training 2020 is Re-opened!

Introduction Whitewater Tandem 17-19 July 2020

Introduction Whitewater Solo 24-26 July

 

Introduction Whitewater Solo – 24-26 July 2020

Intended for individuals with little to no moving water / whitewater solo canoe experience. This course aims to introduce paddlers to the basic solo skills required to navigate through whitewater rapids. Emphasis will be placed on solo canoe skills using the 2x4 method as well as understanding whitewater principles and river safety. Successful participants will receive Paddle Canada Introduction to Moving Water Solo certification

COVID Restrictions:

The following restrictions will apply:

  • all participants must sign the RA COVID Acceptance of Risk form
  • all participants must have a negative COVID test in the week prior to the course and bring the form to the course and provide it to the instructor
  • travel and tenting will be by household groups only (no car pooling or shared tenting otherwise)
  • all meals will be by household group or individual. All participants must bring their own food and kitchen utensils.
  • distancing and wearing of masks on shore will be required and club protocols for sanitizing club equipment must be followed.

Equipment:


Private boats may be used, but they must be fully outfitted with thigh straps and floatation, and must be pre-approved by course instructor.

On the water, closed toe shoes that will not fall off in rapids / swims, are mandatory. Crocs and flip flops are not permitted.


RACCC has paddles, white water helmets and personal floatation devices (PFDs) available for student use.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, but you must talk to your instructor prior to the course to ensure your equipment appropriate for whitewater training.  If you are considering buying gear prior to the course, you may wish to check with the instructors.

Minimum age 13


If under 18, the participant's parent or guardian must be present on site.

Dates: Wednesday 22 July evening in-town prep session.  Instructors will advise time and place.

            Friday 24 July (late PM) to Sunday 26 July (early evening arrival in Ottawa)

Location: RA Centre and Palmers Rapids (about 2.5 hrs drive from the RACCC Boat House)

Registration:    Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  On-line payment through PlayRA will be available later.

Minimum: 2      Maximum: 8  Participants

Cost: Member: $180      Non Member: $240  


Costs beyond the course fee include: travel, camping fees, food costs.

Introduction Whitewater Tandem 17-19 July 2020

For individuals with little or no moving water / whitewater canoeing experience, this course aims to introduce the basic skills and techniques needed to manoeuver through white water rapids. Emphasis will be placed on canoe skills, understanding whitewater principles and river safety. Successful participants will receive Paddle Canada Introduction to Moving Water certification and may be also admitted to the club Whitewater List which will allow them to join club whitewater trips. A partner is not required, pairs will be arranged by instructors.

COVID Restrictions:

The following restrictions will apply:

  • all participants must sign the RA COVID Acceptance of Risk form
  • all participants must have a negative COVID test in the week prior to the course and bring the form to the course and provide it to the instructor
  • travel and tenting will be by household groups only (no car pooling or shared tenting otherwise)
  • all meals will be by household group or individual. All participants must bring their own food and kitchen utensils.
  • distancing and wearing of masks on shore will be required and club protocols for sanitizing club equipment must be followed.

Equipment:
Private boats may be used, but they must be fully outfitted with thigh straps and floatation, and must be pre-approved by course instructor.

On the water, closed toe shoes that will not fall off in rapids / swims, are mandatory. Crocs and flip flops are not permitted.


RACCC has paddles, white water helmets and personal floatation devices (PFDs) available for student use.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, but you must talk to your instructor prior to the course to ensure your equipment appropriate for whitewater training.  If you are considering buying gear prior to the course, you may wish to check with the instructors.

Minimum age 13
If under 18, the participant's parent or guardian must be present on site.

Dates: Wednesday 15 July evening in-town prep session.  Instructors will advise time and place.

            Friday 17 July (late PM) to Sunday 19 July (early evening arrival in Ottawa)

Location: RA Centre and Palmers Rapids (about 2.5 hrs drive from the RACCC Boat House)

Registration:    Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  On-line payment through PlayRA is coming soon.


Minimum: 4      Maximum: 8 Participants

Cost: Member: $180      Non Member: $240  


Costs beyond the course fee include: travel, camping fees, food costs.