Canoe Tripping

Expanding on the knowledge gained from the Lake and Moving Water programs the Canoe Tripping program offers paddlers the opportunity to increase their skill and knowledge base required for successful trip planning. At the entry level, the program outlines the skills required for 4 day/3 night trips with same day EMS and expands to include extended back country tripping at the advanced level.

Select from the program titles listed below to learn more about the requirements for each level of the Paddle Canada National Canoe Program.

Skills Programs

Canoe Tripping Skills Introduction Tandem and Solo

Aim

This course introduces the canoeist to camping skills required to make safe and enjoyable trips on waterways for which they have the skills.

Prerequisites

Lake Canoe Skills Intermediate Tandem and/or Introduction to Canoeing Skills Tandem.

Recommended: 16 or more hour First Aid Course

Typical Course Length

A minimum of 2 days plus one overnight canoe trip is required. Candidates should lead for a minimum of a half-day each.

Canoe Tripping Skills Advanced Tandem and Solo

Aim

This advanced canoe tripping course builds on the canoeist’s camping skills and introduces group dynamics, group management, food preparation and storage for extended trips.

Rescue techniques at this level incorporate the use of a paddling partner.

It is essential for all Introduction to Canoe Tripping certified paddlers to travel on the water with others who have been trained in the techniques of assisted rescues as the rescuers.

Prerequisites

Introduction to canoe tripping or equivalent skills and a minimum of 4 logged overnight trips.

If leading trips on moving water, must have skill level to match the level of moving water while travelling.

Recommended: minimum 36-hour Wilderness First Aid Course

Typical Course Length

A minimum of 4 days plus 2-night camping trip is required. Candidates should lead for at least half-a-day each.

Instructor Programs

Canoe Tripping Instructor Tandem and Solo

Aim

To create instructors capable of teaching the skills and knowledge required for weekend canoeing trips.

The instructor is qualified to teach on venue locations specific to his or her own Paddle Canada skill level.

Upon successful completion the candidate can conduct Paddle Canada’s Introduction to Canoe Tripping skills courses.

Prerequisites

Non-­Paddling Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age: 18

Recommended:

  • Minimum 16-hour First Aid (can be wilderness) plus CPR Certificate
  • River Rescue Training
  • Leave No Trace training

Paddling Skill Prerequisites:

  • Minimum of Paddle Canada Intermediate Lake Tandem skill certification or equivalencies
  • Paddle Canada Advanced Canoe Tripping skill certification or equivalencies
  • Significant Canoe Tripping experience in a wide variety of conditions and locations
  • Minimum 4 multi-day canoe trips, two of which must be in within the last year

Instructor Prerequisite:

  • Recommended that instructor candidates have prior Paddle Canada instructor training (eg. Lake Canoe Instructor)

Typical Course Length

Any combination of 4 days that includes:

  • 2 days minimum for theory/content, a minimum one overnight
  • A minimum one overnight
  • Candidates must be able to individually lead for a minimum of half-of­-one day

Canoe Tripping Instructor Advanced Tandem and Solo

Aim

To provide national certification in the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada Introductory and Advanced Canoe Tripping skills courses.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR (36-80 hr.)
  • Paddle Canada Advanced Lake Tandem and/or Solo certification
  • Paddle Canada Advanced Canoe Tripping certification
  • Paddle Canada Intermediate Moving Water (Tandem and/or Solo) certifications
  • Significant Canoe Tripping experience in a wide variety of conditions and locations
  • Introduction to Canoe Tripping Instructor Certification

Recommended:

  • A river rescue course
  • Leave No Trace training

Typical Course Length

Minimum 4 days