Learning how to paddle a solo whitewater canoe will change your paddling style and competence forever – even in a tandem canoe. Catch eddies you would have never even seen before, surf waves with ease, and be the master of your own fate as you glide across river currents.
Most of our Level 1 and Level 2 solo canoeing courses are held on the Lower Shuswap River, east of Enderby, BC, with the Friday evening sessions held on Okanagan Lake in Vernon, BC
Whether you’re an experienced tandem canoeist that is interested to try out a short whitewater playboat, or you’re a seasoned tripper looking to improve finesse and efficiency in a longer tripping-style solo canoe, we welcome you in one of our weekend solo whitewater courses.
Solo canoeing skills will give you the flexibility to paddle with uneven numbers of paddlers, and open the door to the independence of solo canoeing adventures.
So you are comfortable with tandem river canoeing and know your way around a river. Let us help you discover the joy and maneuverability of a solo canoe. We’ll help you uncover a whole new river – features and eddies that you had previously overlooked are now accessible to the nimble solo boater. Adapt paddle strokes for solo paddling, get comfortable with a higher level of agility, and discover the game-changing 2×4 method of paddling a solo canoe.
As this is a packed weekend course, it is important that attendees are prepared with the required skills so everyone can get the most out of the weekend.
A Level II Tandem River Canoeing Skills Course (or equivalent) is required. It is not advised to skip taking a Level II tandem river course, but exceptions can be made with instructor consent.
This level 2 solo canoeing course is designed for paddlers who:
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? This level 2 solo canoeing course will unlock the river’s secrets and your boat’s technology to soar effortlessly across currents and into that hard-to-catch eddy pool. With a focus on efficient and effective technique, you will eliminate needless ‘friction’ strokes – turning river canoeing into a dance between yourself, your boat, and the river.
In addition to polishing up paddle strokes and carving technique, we’ll also take the time to study currents and features more carefully so that we’re really working with the river. We’ll be running more complex rapids, but also exploring the many different ways to run them, so that even an easy rapid can become an advanced, but safe, challenge. We’ll also work on more dynamic rescue skills and setting safety for the other paddlers in your group. Ask us about getting video feedback as an added bonus to this course.
Equivalent to a Paddle Canada Intermediate Moving Water Solo Canoe skills course.
Equivalent to an RCABC Advanced Solo Moving Water Paddler course.
By the end of this course you will:
Prior to taking the Level 2 Solo River Canoeing Course, each participant must:
Unlock the thrill of navigating swift currents and cascading rapids safely and confidently. Our expert instructors will equip you with fundamental techniques, and ensure you have a solid foundation for your white water canoeing pursuits.
Discover the heart-pounding adventure and unique camaraderie that white water canoeing offers, all while building essential skills that will empower you to explore new horizons in the world of water sports.
Got questions? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us here to chat.