Canoeing Basic Skills


Canoeing Basic Skills


**There are no Canoeing Basic Skills courses scheduled at this time. If you or a group is interested in taking this course, please email Geoff at to discuss scheduling a course.


Canoeing Basic Skills
Aim - To introduce novice participants to paddling with a partner in sheltered calm waters. The skills and knowledge gained at this level form the foundation for basic paddling. This course serves as a pre-requisite for the Intro to Lake Canoe Tandem or Solo canoe course. 


The successful Canoe Basic Skills candidate is considered a beginner tandem lake canoeist.


Prerequisites - None


Course Date - TBD


Class Ratio - 1 Instructor:10 Participants


Location - Wascana Lake Marina (just off Broad Street)


Participants will be paddling tandem and sharing canoes. Each participant is responsible for their own canoe (shared) PFD, Paddle, and safety gear. Some canoes and equipment is available for rent, please contact Geoff Horn at for more information. 


Program Overview
Theory: this course covers basic information and tips on preparing to canoe, safety regulations, weather concerns, and parts of the canoe. 


General Paddling Skills: this course covers Enter & Exit Canoe (shore or dock), Balance 3 Point contact, Paddling Positions, How to Hold a Paddle, Switching Sides, Paddling Mechanics (paddling in cadence), Landing


Paddling Strokes: Forward, Reverse, Check (stop), Draw, Pry, Rudder or J Stroke


Paddling Manoeuvers: Forward Paddling, Pivoting the Canoe, Paddling in Cadence, Stopping, Backing Up


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About the Instructor


Colin Frey is a Advanced Lake Water Instructor Trainer, Canoe Tripping Advanced Instructor, Wilderness First Aid Instrcutor, Bushcraft expert, and overall amazing outdoorsman. Colin has taken his paddling training from Geoff Horn, Kevin Shultz, and Ric Dreideger.


Geoff Horn has been an avid paddler for over 20 years and has taught lake water, canoe tripping, and moving watercourses for the past 16 years. Geoff is certified as a Lake Water Advanced Instructor Trainer, Canoe Tripping Advanced Instructor Trainer, and Moving Water Advanced Instructor Trainer and can teach courses for students, instructors, & instructor trainers for both tandem & solo canoeing. Geoff was primarily trained by Kevin Shultz and Ric Dreideger of Churchill River Canoe, but also has certifications from Madawaska Paddling School in Ontario.


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