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Weekend River Canoeing Courses

Overview

canoe skills courses for all levelsElements Adventure Company’s river canoeing courses in the beautiful Okanagan and Shuswap, British Columbia are for all levels of paddler.  With the exception of our one-day Pre-Course for River Canoeing, each course includes two full days on the water, and a 2-hr evening theory session for some courses.  Find the ease of working with currents, finesse your paddle strokes, and connect with the natural beauty that rivers have to offer. The following canoe courses are designed for the beginner to the seasoned river paddler, and are taught by experienced instructors certified through Paddle Canada or the Recreational Canoe Association of BC, or both!

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Course Selection

Our weekend river canoe skills courses pack a lot of learning into two days! To ensure you get the most out of your experience, it is worth it to take time to choose the right course for you.

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Pre-Course for Tandem River Canoeing  

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This fun, 1-day course held on flat water is designed for individuals looking to transfer their lake canoeing skills to the river and is a prerequisite to taking the Level I River Course (or equivalent experience).  Get comfortable in both bow and stern positions, learn the basics of river canoeing strokes, boat outfitting and rescues so you can fully participate in the action packed 2-day Level I Tandem River Canoeing Skills course

 

Tuition $130 + GST

 

Is this course right for you? LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PRE-COURSE

 

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Level I Tandem River Canoeing Skills Course (Introductory)

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Our most popular (and most important) moving water course that builds a solid foundation of technical skills and knowledge for whitewater canoeing.  This course opens up many new river tripping and playing possibilities for paddlers. Spend 2 full days on a river near Vernon, BC, plus one evening theory session near Vernon BC. 

 

Tuition $295 + GST

 

  • Equivalent to Paddle Canada’s Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Tandem course
  • Equivalent to part of the RCABC’s Basic Tandem Moving Water Canoeing course
  • Prerequisite: Pre-course or equivalent training/experience
  • Includes a dry-land theory session in Vernon BC on Friday evening 6-8pm  

 

Is this course right for me?  LEARN MORE ABOUT LEVEL I TANDEM

 

Request a Course Registration Package

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Level II Tandem River Canoeing Skills Course (Intermediate) 

 

 

Now you know the basics, let’s learn how to make the difficult seem easy.  We’ll explore more about the river’s habits, hazards, and features, and how we can use them to our advantage. This 2-day course follows the same logistical format as the level 1 course near Vernon, BC. 

 

Tuition $295 + GST

 

  • Equivalent to Paddle Canada’s Moving Water Canoe Skills Intermediate Tandem course
  • Equivalent to the RCABC’s full Basic Tandem Moving Water Canoeing course
  • Prerequisite: Level I Tandem River Canoeing Skills Course (or equivalent), AND several subsequent days spent paddling in class 1 or 2 sections of rivers. 
  • Select courses may include a Friday-evening dryland theory session.

 

Is this course right for me?  LEARN MORE ABOUT LEVEL II TANDEM

 

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Level III Tandem Whitewater Canoeing Skills Course (Advanced) 

 

Ever wonder how some people can make that move in one or two paddle strokes, and you need to work your butt off to make it happen?  Our advanced whitewater courses will unlock the river’s secrets and your boat’s technology to soar effortlessly across currents and into that hard-to-catch eddy pool.

 

Tuition $350 + GST

 

  • Equivalent to Paddle Canada’s Moving Water Canoe Skills Advanced Tandem course
  • Equivalent to the RCABC’s Advanced Tandem Moving Water Canoeing course
  • Prerequisite: Level 2 tandem river canoeing course (or equivalent), AND several subsequent days spent paddling in class 2 or 3 sections of rivers. 
  • Course location TBD for each course and may be on one of: Similkameen, Nicola, Adams or Shuswap Rivers.
  • Select courses may include a Friday-evening dryland theory session.

 

Is this course right for me?  LEARN MORE ABOUT LEVEL III TANDEM

 

Request a Course Registration Package

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Level I Solo Whitewater Canoeing Skills Courses 


Whether you’re wanting to learn solo playboating or just feel confident as a solo canoe tripper, this 2-day course near Vernon, BC is for anyone wanting to master their own canoe.  Learning how to paddle a solo whitewater canoe will change your paddling style and competence forever.  

 

Tuition $310 + GST

 

  • Equivalent to Paddle Canada’s Moving Water Introduction Canoe Skills Solo course
  • Equivalent to part of the RCABC’s Basic Moving Water Solo Paddler course
  • Prerequisite: Level 2 tandem river canoeing course (or equivalent), AND several subsequent days spent paddling in class 2 or 3 sections of river
  • Select courses may include a Friday-evening dryland theory session.

 

Is this course right for me?  LEARN MORE ABOUT LEVEL I SOLO CANOEING

 

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Level II Solo Whitewater Canoeing Skills Courses 

 


Build on the basics of solo whitewater paddling by finding the subtle river features that help you to effortlessly glide across currents and into hard-to-catch eddies.  This 2-day course will expand what you thought was possible in a canoe, and can accommodate short play-boat style canoes or longer solo tripping canoes.

Tuition $310 + GST

 

  • Equivalent to Paddle Canada’s Moving Water Intermediate Canoe Skills Solo course
  • Equivalent to the RCABC’s Basic Moving Water Solo Paddler Course
  • Prerequisite: Level 1 solo whitewater canoeing course (or equivalent), AND several subsequent days spent paddling in class 2 sections of river in a solo canoe.

 

Is this course right for me? Contact us to LEARN MORE ABOUT LEVEL II SOLO 

 

Request a Course Registration Package

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River Rescue Courses for Canoeists

Finally!  A river rescue course series designed specifically for canoeists!  These invaluable courses will have you out of the canoe as much as in it, throwing ropes, swimming rapids, re-entering canoes, and playing with different ways to set safety for difficult rapids.  Even if you’ve learned some of these techniques before, the practice is priceless.   These courses are a must-have series for anyone planning their own river trip. 

 

Tuition $310 + GST

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT RIVER RESCUE COURSES

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Course Registration

The cost for a weekend canoeing course starts at $295 + tax per person.  Bring your own canoe and paddling gear, or see below for rental rates.

DISCOUNTS: 10% for groups of 3-5; 15% for 6 or more. 

Registration is only valid if accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of $60/course. Balance due 14 days prior to course start. No refunds within 14 days of course start.

View our Cancellation Policy here

 

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Equipment Rentals

We offer high-quality, fully-outfitted whitewater canoes for rent.  Participants are responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement of any damaged or lost boats or equipment.  Normal wear is expected.

Prices are for 2-days, per person. All prices are subject to GST. For Pre-Course rental pricing, click here.

 

BOATS ACCESSORIES
   CANOE    Canoe Paddle $10
   Tandem /pp $30    Helmet $15
    Solo $45    PFD (Lifevest) $15
   Wetsuit $20
   Small Dry Bag FREE
   Large Dry-bag $20

 

Course Locations

Most Elements Adventure Company courses are staged from either Enderby, BC or Lumby, BC with the on-river portion of the course on either the Lower or Middle Shuswap Rivers, respectively.  Both rivers give us options to play in class 1-3 whitewater, and are each a 45 minute drive from Vernon BC.

Friday-night theory sessions are held in Vernon (for select courses).  Each morning you will meet your instructor at the staging point at approximately 8:00am and return by 5:30pm – allowing you to return to your home, motel, campground or BnB each evening to dry out and relax.  From time-to-time, we may also head to the Similkameen, Nicola, or Adams River for more advanced courses.

Vernon is easily accessible along HWY 97 from anywhere else you may be staying in the Okanagan. Driving distances from a few other popular places are:

  • From Kelowna: 50 km
  • From Penticton: 113 km
  • From Kamloops: 116 km
  • From Revelstoke: 147 km

 

Transportation

At this time participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the course location. Registrants will receive course information with details about where to meet.  We will organize vehicle shuttles at the end of the day, observing Covid procedures outlined here: https://www.elementsadventures.com/covid-19/   

 

Accommodation

Need a great place to stay while attending a course, or in advance of an expedition? Please see our list of local accommodations here

 

Certification 

Our moving-water courses are all taught by instructors certified by Paddle Canada and/or the Recreational Canoe Association of BC.  There are two types of certification with each association – Paddler-level Certification and Instructor/Guide-level Certification.  For most people, Paddler-level certification is not necessary unless a participant is looking to develop a career in canoe guiding/instruction, or wants that written acknowledgement of skills gained.  For example, you do not need a certificate for a level 1 course to participate in a level 2 course – as long as you can communicate that you have the prerequisite skills.  It does cost an extra $10 administration fee to try for certification, and not all candidates are always successful. 

See Paddle Canada’s certification levels here and the RCABC’s certification levels here if you are interested in skill level certification.

Please contact us well in advance to request certification so that we can match you up with the right course that has the appropriate instructor to give you that certificate.

 

Please contact us for more detail.