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Level I Solo Whitewater Canoeing Skills Course

  • Equivalent to Paddle Canada’s Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Solo Course
  • Equivalent to the RCABC’s Basic Solo Moving Water Canoeing Course


Tuition $310 per person

  • April 23/24, 2022  (with an additional evening theory session on Friday April 22)


Learning how to paddle a solo whitewater canoe will change your paddling style and competence forever.  Catch eddies you never even saw before, surf waves with ease, and be the master of your own fate as you glide across river currents.


Who takes this course? 

charles whitewater rapidsWhether 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 to 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 serenity of solo canoeing adventures.


Course Overview 

So you know the basics of tandem river canoeing and know your way around an easy 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 the higher level of agility, and discover the game-changing 2×4 method of paddling a solo canoe.

Strokes: cross-forward (off-side forward), off-side sweep, forward, sweep, stern draw, stern pry, righting pry, bow cut, low brace.

Manoeuvers: (in class 1 and 2): arcing turns, front ferry, back ferry, eddy turns (C-turns, S-turns), spins, executing a chosen line through a rapid, running side slips, front surfing, landing in current.

Safety skills: self and companion rescue in class 2, parallel rescues, t-rescues, painter tows, swimming with a canoe, unpinning methods, throwbag rescues and re-throws.

Theory: risk and consequence, 2×4 method of paddling, different ways to run rapids, communication between partners and among a paddling group, considerations of lead and sweep positions, ‘reading the river’, building familiarity with the international river classification system, canoe history.


By the end of this course you will:

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  • know how to carve a turn in a solo canoe without correction strokes
  • be able to navigate class 2 water confidently in a solo canoe
  • know how to use river features to make solo paddling easy and fun (surf’s up!)

Contact us for more information or to request your registration package.



Level II Tandem River Canoeing Skills Course (or equivalent). 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.  It is not advised to skip taking a Level II tandem river course.

Prior to taking the Level I solo course EACH participant:

      • group photo solo canoeing on shuswaphas attended a Level II tandem river canoeing course (or equivalent), AND has spent several subsequent days of paddling in class 1 or 2 sections of rivers.
      • knows how to execute an eddy turn – including C-turns and S-turns on easy rivers in both bow and stern positions of a tandem canoe
      • can carve a tandem canoe using the MITH acronym (momentum, initiation, tilt, hold)
      • knows how to tilt a canoe and when to do it
      • has practiced self-rescue procedures and practiced throwing a throwbag from shore – or attended a Level 1 River Rescue course for canoeists.
      • is 16 years of age or older.
      • has average or better swimming skills.

Note: This Level I Solo course PLUS several subsequent days of solo river canoeing experience in class 2+ rivers is required as a prerequisite for taking the Level II Solo Whitewater Canoeing Skills Course, or with instructor consent.

Solo Whitewater Canoeing Course Dates

  • April 23/24, 2022  (with an additional evening theory session on Friday April 22)