Equipment rentals for Courses & Trips

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If you don’t have your own canoe or gear (or maybe you just want to try out a fully outfitted whitewater boat, or a different lake canoe), we have all rentals for moving water and flat water courses.

We do not rent equipment for activities outside of our courses, programs or trips.

For participants attending our river canoeing courses and 4 Rivers in 4 days trips, we offer high-quality, fully-outfitted whitewater canoes for rent. All other paddling equipment including paddles, PFD’s, wetsuits, helmets and drysuits are available to rent by course/trip participants. An outline of rental pricing can be found below.

Please note that our multi-day expeditions including the Upper Stikine River Expedition as well as our Kootenay River & Kootenay Couples Adventure Retreat trips include all gear (except a drysuit) in the fee.

Equipment REntal Prices

Equipment rentals for your course or 4 Rivers trip can be added at the time of booking online. 

  • Tandem Canoe: $30/per person
  • Solo Canoe: $45
  • Paddle: $15
  • PFD: $15
  • Helmet: $15
  • Wetsuit: $20
  • Drysuit: $80
  • Tandem Canoe: $25/per person
  • Solo Canoe: $40
  • PFD: $10
  • Helmet: not required
  • Wetsuit: $15
  • Drysuit: $40
  • Tandem Canoe: $50/per person
  • Solo Canoe: $75
  • PFD: $20
  • Helmet: $25
  • Wetsuit: $35
  • Drysuit: $130

More Information about river courses

Can I bring my own canoe and equipment?

Outfitted river canoes and equipment are crucial for maximum fun

If you want to bring your own canoe for a river/whitewater course, it is required to have the following outfitting and safety gear:

  • bow painter: min. 18’ of floating line secured with shock-cord or tucked beside airbag
  • stern painter: min. 18’ of floating line, OR a 70’ throw-bag secured with shock-cord
  • bailer (with a way to attach it to the canoe)
  • spare paddle
  • flotation bags (ends and center)
  • thigh-straps
  • knee pads (glued in)

In addition to your canoe, you will also need:

  • PFD with attached whistle and river knife (PFD must be Transport Canada approved)
  • helmet
  • paddle (see below for details)
  • wetsuit or drysuit for courses in April, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov.

We encourage folks to bring their own boat and gear, but please get in touch with us well in advance just to make sure it will be suitable both for yourself and other attendees who may be sharing your boat.  During a course and on trips, paddlers are often asked to switch bow and stern position, and to switch paddle partners from time to time.  Please let EAC know if you are not comfortable with other people paddling in your canoe with you.  Please contact us if you have any questions about bringing your own boat and/or equipment.

A note about paddles: you CAN use your wooden lake paddles on the river, but they are more at risk to sustain damage. We would suggest that you leave your favourite wooden lake paddles safe at home and learn with one of ours instead.

lake water canoeing lesson

If you want to use your own canoe and equipment for our lakewater courses, you must have:

  • canoe with either built-in floatation chambers (most lake boats have these) or added-in floatation bags (secured)
  •  a bailer
  • spare paddle
  • minimum 50′ floating haul line (or a throwbag with buoyant rope)
  • paddle
  • PFD (lifejacket) with attached whistle 
  •  wetsuit or drysuit (optional, but highly recommended for the rescue portion of the course)

Wetsuits for river tripping.

The wetsuits we rent out are neoprene farmer john/jane-style suits without sleeves, allowing unrestricted arm movement.  In warm weather, you can wear as little as a bathing suit underneath it.  In cold weather you may want to wear a thin woolen baselayer underneath the wetsuit, and on top, wear nylon pants or rain pants and a splash-resistant sweater/jacket layered on top. On a lake course, we typically will save the rescue portion of the course for a time when you can get changed into the wetsuit beforehand and change afterward, but on the river it is recommended to wear the wetsuit all day. (Note: self rescue practice is optional, but highly recommended on all of our courses).

dry suitA drysuit is worn over your clothes and socks and with impermeable seams, neck and wrist gaskets.  It will keep you dry if you fully immerse yourself during rescue practice or accidentally capsize. It can be worn all day and is the ultimate cold-water/weather garment – allowing freedom of movement, and confidence to be in the water.  A new drysuit costs between $1400 and $1800, but is considered essential by most recreational and professional whitewater paddlers who want to enjoy being on the water between October and June, and even for summer wilderness trips. Read about our drysuit rental policy and care here.

General Policies

Participants are responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement of any damaged or lost boats or equipment.  Normal wear is expected. Read about our drysuit rental policy here.

At this time, we do not have equipment available for private rentals outside of our courses and trips.

Customer Reviews

What Others Say

I took a paddling course with Charles in October of 2022. He is a wonderful teacher with a fun sense of humour. The paddling technique and safety feedback he gave each paddler in the course was concise, specific, and encouraging. He has a keen eye for detail, a kind way of communicating, and puts in the additional effort to guide each learner towards their personal goals. I would definitely recommend Charles and his company.
Mary Jane Leger