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Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Intermediate Tandem Course – September 20 – 22, 2024

Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Intermediate Tandem


This canoe course is built to expand upon the skills and principles necessary to paddle with a partner in open lake waters, to perform skills and maneuvers with greater refinement and demonstrate confidence in an open water environment, and to develop a greater awareness of environmental hazards and how to avoid/react to those hazards.

The successful Intermediate Lake Tandem candidate is considered an intermediate tandem lake canoeist, capable of performing a variety of land and water-based rescues and more advanced tandem strokes and maneuvers. Maneuvers with the Intermediate program require expanded levels of teamwork and greater precision.

This canoe course is a prerequisite for becoming a Lake Water Canoe Intro Instructor.


Introduction to Lake Tandem or permission from Instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge. It is up to the paddler to prove to the instructor by means of evidence, demonstration, or assessment that experience has led to learning.


Course Dates: Sept 20th 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 21st 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & 22nd 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $345 per person, with a limit of 10 participants

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.

Paddling Skills:

– Launch & remove a canoe (in water along a rocky shoreline)
– Paddling concepts (J-Lean, power face, non-power/back face, inside & outside turns, Catch/Power/Recovery Phase, etc.)
– Paddling mechanics (yaw, roll, pitch, environmental and other forces that affect the canoe, balance, & trim in windy conditions)
– Paddlers box – body rotation (use of larger muscle group)

– Refine introduction strokes draw (underwater recovery)
– Bow rudder
– Crossbow rudder & draw righting pry
– J stroke
– Stern pry

– Forward & reverse sculling draw
– Reverse j,
– Back draw

Option strokes:
– Sculling pry
– Traditional/punch stroke Canadian
– Silent

– 100m Triangular Course (4-metre corridor with very little yaw, roll, or pitch)
– Sideslip (90 degrees to dock, limited forward/backward motion, limited yaw movement) 5 metres, both ways, on one side and then the other
– Improved stopping skills
– Figure 8, inside & outside turns for docking, reverse straight-line (25 metres)
– Running Side Slip

– Designs of canoes and paddles (materials used & repair)
– Canoe solo carry, canoe transport on a car: loading and unloading, racks, ropes and/or straps, knots basic, basic lake navigation

Course Cost: $345 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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