One of the great things about paddling is that it’s extremely hard to get bored! The more you paddle, the more your skills will develop and the safer you will be on the water. But if you do feel like you’ve become stuck in a rut, one of the best ways to improve your canoeing experience and make the most of your time on the water is to try out one of the many paddling courses available to members.
Paddling courses can help you add new tools to your skills box or to refresh and sharpen up those you already have, as well as providing the key ingredient of a satisfying paddle – fun! Canoe courses are also a brilliant way to meet like-minded people and to swap ideas, knowledge and experiences. We’ve put together a list of canoe courses to help you perk up your paddling and cultivate your kayaking. Once you master the intro skills, intermediate and advanced courses will introduce you to more difficult skills and help you refine the skills you already possess.
Participate in FPC training programs and be safe, have fun, and challenge yourself!
Paddle Canada has an overview of courses both for canoeing and kayaking:
The skill progression for each discipline is shown in flowcharts. An example of the Lake Progam can be seen on the right.
Canoeing disciplines the club is involved in include:
- lake canoe (flatwater)
- style canoe
- moving water canoe
- canoe poling
- and big canoe
Formal courses encompass boat control skills, navigation, history of the discipline,
gear and how to care for it, safety, leave no trace principles, and how to plan trips.