This course will teach introduction of canoeing and the essentials of river canoeing skills and techniques. We will learn the following techniques and skills:

      • Canoe design and materials
      • PFD types and fit
      • Paddles: parts-design-materials, use, and holding the paddle correctly
      • Paddle signals and whistle
      • Dealing with boat traffic and larger vessels
      • Basic safety equipment
      • Entering and exiting a canoe
      • Strokes and maneuvers
      • Forward and Reverse
      • Sweeps:Forward and reverse
      • Draw strokes:To the hip, Bow Draw-Stern Draw
      • Pry/push away (Combining Draws and Pry’s for abeam movement)
      • Forward/back stroke, rudder, J-Stroke, cross bow draw
      • Switch position in canoe while on the water
      • T-Rescue review and other rescues (All students must complete to pass Level I)
      • Using Throw rope: carrying, packing and use
      • Cold water immersion, hypothermia and treatment
      • The 4 “W”s:water, wind, waves, and weather, and how they affect the canoeist
      • Risk management strategies for canoeing
      • Learn how to do eddies turns and perform simple peel out and ferries
      • Recognizing and avoid river hazards
      • Perform rescues and respond to emergencies on moving water rivers






Unity College: $85 (Includes food, transportation, gear and equipment)
Non-Unity College: $125


Unity College, local rivers and lakes


Jessica Steele
Adam Williams


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