Whitewater Training

Whitewater Training

2020 Whitewater Training Program

The Whitewater training program has three basic components: beginner, advanced and family.

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.

Advanced Courses

This year the club is offering three advanced skills courses. The Carole Westwood and Andy Convery courses are suitable for those with one to two years of whitewater paddling experience. The Andrew Westwood course is suitable for those who have solid intermediate skills and are comfortable on such rivers as the Rouge Canyon.


The club is offering a one-day whitewater parent and child course with Paul Mason instructing. This is intended to be a fun event and an intro to whitewater. Parents do not require whitewater skills to participate in this course.

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

Intro Whitewater Tandem 5-7 June 2020

Intro Whitewater Tandem 12-14 June 2020

Intro Whitewater Solo 5-7 June 2020

Intro Whitewater Solo 12-14 June 2020

Kids and Parents Whitewater Tandem 2020

Harness the Power -- Andy Convery -- Tandem, 2020

Harness the Power -- Andy Convery -- Solo, 2020

Whitewater Peace of Mind -- Carole Westwood, 2020