Aim - Expanding on the knowledge gained from the Lake and Moving Water programs the Canoe Tripping program offers paddlers the opportunity to increase their skill and knowledge base required for successful trip planning. The intro course program outlines the skills required for 2-5 day trips.
Prerequisites - Lake Canoe intro tandem or previous paddling experience approved by the instructor.
Date: June 1-3, 2018
Location: Churchill River, Devil Lake Dock (just up the road from Missinnipi)
Car pooling from Regina, pick up in Saskatoon will be available for shared travel costs.
Cost: $245 per person
Each participant will need personal camping gear, canoe gear, and canoes will be shared. Additional rental costs for canoes may be added depending on number of participants.
Successful candidates will be awarded their Paddle Canada Canoe Tripping certification.
This course will cover the following information:
Tandem and/or Solo Canoe Rescues (canoe over canoe, towing, etc.): in controlled situations
Camping Skills such as Packing (personal, group, kitchen, dry bags, barrels, waterproofing, etc.)
Loading & Unloading a Canoe, Portaging, Campsite Selection, Basic Tarps
Basic Menu Planning, Portable Stove Use, Basic Camp Cooking (stove, firebox, fire, or no fire or stove)
Camp Kitchen (including set up, food storage, hygiene, and food safety)
Drinking Water Options (storage, filtration and purification)
Axe, Saw & Knife Use (basic knowledge and if or when to use), Knots (Reef, Bowline, Sheet Bend, Trucker's Hitch with Two Half Hitches, Taut-line)
Personal Hygiene (bathing, washing stations, bathroom etiquette, etc.), Human Waste Management (latrines, cat holes, portable, permanent, etc.)
This course will discuss the following concepts and information:
Canoe tripping Canoes (features, etc.), Rigging a Basic Canoe tripping Canoe
Personal Gear, Group Gear, Basic Kits (repair, first aid, survival)
Environmental Hazards (cold water, hypo, etc.)
Insects and Animal Awareness and Protection
Leave No Trace (LNT)
Basic Navigation (map reading, compass use, GPS, etc.)
Basic Communication Signals & Devices
Trip Planning (pre, trip plan, float plan, risk and crisis management, post trip evaluation, etc.)
Trip Reports (log, journal, pre-, during, post-, etc.), Trip Leadership
Basic Weather Awareness, Resources (obtaining forecasts), Trends, etc.