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Location: Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo credit: Richard Alexander
The Introduction to Coastal Canoeing course is designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skill for safe and efficient tandem coastal canoeing along a calm shoreline with calm winds of less than 8 knots.
Students will develop solid tandem canoe handling skills and well as canoe rescues in the context of coastal canoeing.
The introduction of tidal prediction, marine forecasting and navigation with nautical charts also occurs at this level.
This course can be taught on large bodies of freshwater locations like The Great Lakes, Great Slave Lake and Lake Winnipeg.
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Review of Introduction to Lake Canoe Tandem skills
Environment hazards including water, wind, waves and weather
Hypothermia & hyperthermia (being prepared)
Personal preparation (clothing, water, snacks, medication, etc.)
Transport Canada regulations and requirements
Safe canoe procedures
Signals and communication
Canoe over canoe rescue
Enter and exit a canoe: dock or easy shoreline
Paddling in cadence
Refine introduction to lake tandem skills and strokes
Stern draw and pry
Refine introduction to lake tandem skills
Navigating shoreline using piloting techniques: checkpoints, handrails and natural catching features
Forward straight-line paddling
Pivot turns in tight locations
Large to small arc turns (under power)
Paddling in cadence
Left and right turns under power
Basic understanding of nautical charts
Accessing/interpreting land and marine forecasting
Introduction to high and low water times
Equipment for half-day tour
Paddling within your ability
Leave no trace principles
Historical or local coastal paddling events
Where to go from here (paddle courses and resources)
Introduction to Tandem Lake Canoeing or prior experience with permission of the course instructor.
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Canoe Program Committee who is responsible for the development and maintaince of this course.