Ever gone out for a nice day of tandem paddling only to have it result in months of couples’ therapy? Gone up a creek without a paddle? Have a trip scheduled on the Bowron Lakes but you’re afraid that you’re skills have gotten a little rusty?
Whether you are new to canoeing, are interested in paddling more confidently in rivers or are an experienced whitewater paddler who wants to learn how to “style” your way through rapids, Paddle Trails Canoe Club has great learning opportunities.
We offer a great set of courses for paddlers of almost all interests and abilities. We have excellent member-instructors who will focus on safety, helping you learn, but most importantly making sure you have a great time on the water.
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2019 Schedule still TBD - please contact email@example.com if there's training you'd like to see in the future.
River Safety & Rescue: April 21-11 (option 1) & May 19-20 (option 2)
Every year PTCC strives to provide River Safety & Rescue training options. This year, Washington Kayak Club & Paddle Trails Canoe Club (PTCC) are teaming up to offer a Swiftwater Rescue class! There are two options: April 14-15 and May 19-20. Note that May 19 is also the date of the PTCC Spring Bash, so you might prefer the April option.
Casey Garland will present a course on river safety, rope utilization and rescue techniques. Team leadership and rescue planning will also be covered to achieve the best results in a rescue effort. This class is great for a beginning whitewater boater or even a boater looking to tune up their rescue skills.
Register for River Safety & Rescue, April 21-22
Register for River Safety & Rescue, May 19-20
Introduction to Canoeing Whitewater, Part 1: June 9-10
In this 2 day course, explore the excitement of whitewater while learning how to safely navigate obstacles and maneuver efficiently and effectively through a dynamic environment. You will learn more advanced skills and dynamic paddling techniques as well as individual and group strategies for navigating rapids. Students need to have canoes that are designed and equipped for whitewater.
Difficulty: Class II
Register for Introduction To Whitewater, Part 1
Introduction to Canoeing Whitewater, Part 2: June 16-17
Enjoy Part 1 and ready for more? Join for Part 2! In this 2 day course, continue to practice whitewater skills while learning how to safely navigate obstacles and maneuver efficiently and effectively through a dynamic environment. You will learn more advanced skills and dynamic canoeing techniques as well as individual and group strategies for navigating rapids. Students need to have canoes that are designed and equipped for whitewater and have successfully completed Part 1 or have had similar experience.
Difficulty: Class II+
Register for Introduction to Whitewater, Part 2
Introduction to Canoeing Rivers: June 23-24
In this 2 day course, come learn about how moving water affects your boat. This is pre-whitewater, so we are covering some of the basics: entering and exiting current, paddle strokes, and being an active group member. Canoes will need to be equipped with some flotation.
Difficulty: Class I – I+
Register for Introduction To Canoeing Rivers
River Safety Skills Practice: August 12
Come out to learn and practice safety skills, a great excuse to refresh your knowledge and spend time on the water. Location TBD, probably on the Snoqualmie River.
Register for River Safety Skills Practice
Canoe Tripping Class I+: September 13-17
You’ve paddled on day trips, but have you ever wanted to paddle your canoe on an extended trip of weeks or a month? Such trips require careful planning and skills and gear to make a longer trip both safe and comfortable. Do you want to know how to tie a tumpline or carry a wannigan? The Tripping Course will help you learn valuable techniques for an extended trip into the bush.
Register for Canoe Tripping Class I+
Trip Coordinator Training: March 4, additional dates TBD
Getting out on the water in our boats is the heart and soul of why Paddle Trails Canoe Club exists and without peoplewilling to share their knowledge, experience and favorite waterways with other club members by helping to coordinate trips, our value diminishes. Do you want to get your favorite river on the club trip schedule? As a trip coordinator Paddle Trails Canoe Club, you can be sure you have a chance to paddle those sections with friends in the club. So, whether you have ever been recruited by friends, co-workers, or an organization other than Paddle Trails to put together a canoe or kayak trip or just want to give back to the club by being a trip coordinator for Paddle Trails, this is a great opportunity to see what's it is all about. If you've never been a trip coordinator and want to know what is involved, this 1-day training will fill you in on what a trip coordinator does to pull off a successful club trip. To make this a fun event, we're going to integrate the training with a typical mellow (class I+ or easy II) river section. There will be several experienced trip coordinators who can help answer all your questions about what it takes to be a successful trip coordinator.