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Advanced Tandem Lake Canoeing

Discipline: Canoeing Program: Lake Canoe Stream: Skills Development

The Advanced Tandem Lake Canoeing course introduces the participants to advanced skills and rescues in varied and dynamic paddling environments. This level places emphasis upon exhibiting a high degree of precision, efficiency and control of the canoe.

Participants will demonstrate the highest level of skills, confidence, and exhibit good judgement necessary to paddle with a partner in open waters and the changing environments.

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Course Overview

Typical Course Length

4 hours of instruction

Course Topics

Safety and Rescue
  • What happens if you are wind bound
  • Personal survival gear
  • Expanded first aid kits
  • Unassisted canoe over canoe rescue (1 and 2 canoes / 2 and 4 swimmers)
  • Emergency tarp set up and fire lighting
  • Constructing a catamaran
General Paddling Skills
  • Launch a canoe in windy conditions
  • Paddling in wind and waves
  • Paddling on the same side
  • Sit and switch
  • Sculling pry
  • Bow and crossbow jam
  • Canadian stroke
  • Compound reverse
  • High brace
  • Traditional/punch stroke
  • Forward with power
  • Bow J
  • Triangular course in wind and waves
  • Sideslipping
  • Straight-line sit and switch
  • Forward and reverse paddling a square route
  • Stroke blending
  • Tacking in wind
  • Specialty canoes and paddles
  • Knots
  • Basic navigation (map & compass, GPS, visibility restriction - day paddles)
  • Individual and group responsibilities
Course Prerequisites
  • Intermediate of Lake Tandem or permission of the Instructor, based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.