Introduction to Moving Water Canoeing

Course Description

Course Locations:
The Sault Ste. Marie course is based on the Goulais River. Travel to/from the river may be by car pooling and/or van transport.

This 2-day course is designed for paddlers with flatwater canoe skills to transition into paddling on basic or Class 1 rapids. Key objectives of this Paddle Canada certified course are to understand the dynamics and reading moving water, boat control and moving water strokes and water safety.

Class 1 rapids are a perfect environment to practice moving water skills and gain experience and confidence before tackling larger white water experience.
The Introduction to Tandem Moving Water Canoeing course is designed to introduce participants to the exciting world of moving water canoeing emphasizing boat control, reading water and safe practice.
The Paddle Canada Intro Moving water course coverage is below and if desired successful participants will be certified by Paddle Canada.

We recommend this course to:
– Experienced lake paddlers wishing to learn moving water dynamics and paddling skills
– Paddlers with some moving water experience but no formal training
– A moving water paddler who wants to paddle with a partner with no moving water experience


May 11–12, 2024


$390 CAD

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 Course Includes

  • Certified Paddle Canada Instructors
  • Course Materials
  • Group Safety Gear
  • Fully outfitted coast guard approved canoe

 Extra Course Options

  • Certification Fee

 Certification Notes

Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Certification *optional


  • Paddle Canada Intro to tandem canoe or equivalent paddling experience


Class 1 rapids

Course Content

 General Content Information


Draw, Bow Draw, Stern Draw
Pry, Bow pry, Stern Pry
Bow cut & Cross bow cut
Forward & Reverse
Bracing with Forward strokes
Low Brace

Paddling Skills:

The Arc Triangle
Canoe Position in current
Momentum of the Canoe

 Safety Topics

Canoe rescue and recovery
Shore rescue – throw bag
River Signals

 Theory Topics

Canoe Design
River Hazards
River Anatomy
Reading Current

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please email us at [email protected] or phone 1-800-203-9092.