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Paddle Canada Beginner River Kayak Skills Course by Candlebox Kayaking

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

This course will introduce paddlers to the necessary skills to influence their kayak in a moving water environment. Participants will begin on flat water and progress to a class I river run. Emphasis will be placed on basic moving water dynamics and safety and eddy turns/peel outs.

Topics such as gear, river hazards, and river safety will be covered. A strong emphasis will be placed on the fundamental strokes necessary for efficient forward/lateral movement and for effectively changing the direction of a whitewater kayak in moving water. Wet exits and rescues will be covered/reviewed in a moving water environment.

Technical safety skills covered will include: wet exits, rafting, self rescue (including boat), bow rescue, assisted rescue (boat over boat), throw bag rescue, river signals, and river hazards.

Paddling skills covered will include: lifting and carrying a kayak, entering and exiting the kayak, balance and posture, edging, forward and reverse strokes, sweep strokes (forward and reverse), draw stroke (standard), bow and stern rudder stokes, stern draw and stern pry, straight line control, low brace, high brace, forward ferry, eddy turn, and introductory front surf.


Kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, throw bag, and helmet included. Drysuit included.

Course duration: 2 days.

Meet at 8:45am the first day of the course. The course typically runs from 9am to 4pm.

Locations TBA.


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