Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Intro Tandem Skills
Aim - To introduce the novice paddler to paddling with a partner in Lake Water situations. This course serves as the prerequisite for Canoe Tripping & Moving Water Canoe courses. Successful completion of this course provides you with a great understanding of lake canoe paddling skills, manoeuvers, and knowledge.
Prerequisite(s) - Canoe Basics or previous paddling experience approved by the instructor.
Course dates - May 1 & 2nd 2020 (Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 9-4pm & Saturday 7-9pm (2nd shift on Saturday will be a pool paddling session at the University of Regina)).
Class ratio - 1 instructor:10 participants
Location - Wascana Lake Marina (just off Broad Street). The pool paddling session will take place at the University of Regina pool in the Kinesiology Building.
Theory - This course covers information and tips on preparing for canoeing, safety regulations and safe canoe procedures, environmental hazards, and an in depth review of the parts of the canoe and canoe equipment.
General paddling skills:
- Launch and remove canoe (shore or dock)
- Paddling concepts (MITH, basic: hand placement)
- Paddling mechanics (balance & trim, and pivot point)
- Stroke terminology (catch, power phase, recovery)
- Switching sides in cadence
- Body position (centred on seat & reach with the shaft hand)
- Paddling strokes:
- Forward and Reverse
- Check (stop)
- Pry or Push Away
- J Stroke
- Rudder stroke
- Low Brace
Maneuvers (performed on one side):
- Forward straight line paddling (50 metres)
- Wide turns (triangular course)
- Pivot turns
- Reverse paddling
- Backing up
- Left and right turns
- Switching ends in the canoe (if time permits)
- Paddling in cadence
If you will be requiring a rental canoe, paddle, or pfd, please see our gear rental page.
About the Instructor(s) - 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.