Whitewater Training

Whitewater Training

2021 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.

Intermediate Courses

The club will offer two intermediate skills courses this year: Paddle Canada Intermediate Solo and Andy Convery’s “Harness the Power of the River” which is one day for tandem paddlers and another day for solo.

Paddle Canada Intermediate Solo builds on the Introduction course by teaching familiar moves such as pealing out and eddying in in bigger water. It also introduces boofing, surfing, jet ferries and refining strokes and making linking moves. At least one season solo paddling is a prerequisite for this course.

Andy Convery’s “Harness the Power” course focusses on using river features to move you across the river. Skills include perfecting fast start exits from eddies, using transport waves, and using obstacles and holes. This course is suitable for those with at least one season paddling but those with considerable experience and advanced skills can learn a lot from Andy who is one of the premier boaters in Eastern Canada.

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

Training registration is on Play RA.  When signing up, use the membership account you received when you registered.  DO NOT create a new account as you will be charged the non-member price. 

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