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Paddle Canada Canoe Basics – May 6, 2022




Paddle Canada Canoe Basic Course Tandem



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 prerequisite for the Intro to Lake Canoe or Solo Canoe courses. The successful Canoe Basic Skills candidate is considered a beginner tandem lake canoeist.


There are no prerequisites to this course.




Course Dates: May 6th, 2022 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: This course is taught on Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina, SK. We meet at the small beach area in the North-East corner of the lake, just off Wascana Parkway/Broad Street. Use the parking lot for the Marina or Willows Restaurant.

Gear needed: All participants will need to bring their own paddling equipment such as PFD, paddle, throw bag, bailer, and canoe. If you need to rent gear for the course please use the registration extra at the bottom of the page.

Theory – This course covers basic information and tips on preparing for canoeing, safety regulations, weather concerns, and parts of the canoe.


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 & Stern Strokes


Paddling maneuvers:

  • Forward paddling
  • Pivoting the canoe
  • Paddling in cadence
  • Stopping
  • Backing up


Course Cost: $75 per person, with a limit of 10 participants


About the Instructor, Geoff Horn is a Paddle Canada instructor trainer in Moving Water, Lakewater, and Camping (Canoe Tripping), and former Wilderness Education Association (WEA) Instructor. Geoff has set up and taught many XC ski courses & canoe programs in schools all over southern SK and was a session instructor at the U of R teaching canoeing and skiing. Geoff has helped design and create canoe certification standards for Regina & area schools for safe canoe tripping and wilderness trips.

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