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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.

Need more info?  Contact the club training coordinator at training@paddletrails.org


 

Beginner classes

 

Introduction to Canoeing Rivers: July 13-14, 2019
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Note:  Registration deadline is July 1. Canoes will need to be equipped with some flotation.

Children 12 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome if they are taking the class as a paddler. 

 

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+

 

Paddling Clinics: Dates TBD

Perfect for any skill level, from complete beginner to working on your roll!  Hang out on a lake where you can practice in a no-pressure environment and get tips from other members.

We encourage members to hold these whenever convenient – lakes can be TBD!

 

Intermediate classes:

 

Introduction to Whitewater, Part 1: May 4-5, 2019

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 boats that are designed and equipped for whitewater. 

Difficulty: Class II+

 

Introduction to Whitewater, Part 2: June 8-9, 2019

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 paddling techniques as well as individual and group strategies for navigating rapids.  Students need to have boats that are designed and equipped for whitewater. 

Difficulty: Class II+

 

Safety & General classes

 

Trip Coordinator Training: March 23

Getting out on the water in our boats is the heart and soul of why Paddle Trails Canoe Club exists.  Do you want to get your favorite river on the club trip schedule?  As a trip coordinator of Paddle Trails Canoe Club, you can be sure you have a chance to paddle those sections with friends in the club. 

 

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. 

 

Part indoors, part outdoors

 

Canoeing Safety Clinic: Dates TBD, August 2019

 

Part indoors, part outdoors

 

River Safety & Rescue: Dates TBD

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!

 

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.





 
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