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Intermediate Tandem Lake Canoeing

Discipline: Canoeing Program: Lake Canoe Stream: Skills Development

The Intermediate Tandem Lake Canoeing certification expands of the paddlers canoe experience through skill refinement, additional skill development and awareness of environmental hazards. Participants will learn how to avoid and react to those hazards.


At this level manoeuvres require expanded levels of teamwork and greater precision. The progression of activities will focus on safety, refinement of skills, introduction of new strokes and manoeuvers, environmental challenges and perform assisted rescue techniques.

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Course Overview

Typical Course Length

14 hours of instruction

Course Topics

Safety and Rescue
  • Carrying a canoe
  • Weather information/interpretation
  • Exposure aliments
  • Accident prevention
  • Communication and leadership requirements
  • Principles of incident management
  • First aid kits
  • Communication on the water
  • Deep water exits
  • Swimming canoe to shore
  • Canoe over canoe rescues
  • Getting back into a canoe
  • Towing a canoe
  • Throw bag use
General Paddling Skills
  • Entering and exiting a canoe along shorelines
  • Paddling in cadence
  • Rafting up
  • Switching ends while on the water
Strokes
  • Draw
  • Cuts
  • J-stroke
  • Stern Pry
  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes
  • Righting pry
  • Sculling low brace
  • Sculling draw
  • Reverse J stroke
  • Back draw
  • Silent stroke
Manoeuvres
  • Rectangular course and/or triangular course for windy conditions
  • Figure 8's
  • Improved stopping
  • Inside and outside turns
  • Reverse straight-line paddling
  • Running sideslip
  • Precision docking
Concepts
  • Inside and outside turns
  • Stroke phases: catch, power and recovery
  • MITH: Momentum, Initiation, Tilt and Hold
  • Paddling mechanics including the paddler's box, body rotation, balance, bow wave, environment forces acting on the canoe, yaw, pitch and roll
Knowledge
  • Canoe and paddle designs and materials
  • Knots: taut line, clove hitch, highwayman’s hitch
  • Day trip planning (location, navigation, communication, and float plan)
  • Basic repair kits
  • Emergency survival kits
  • Paddling abilities/limitations
  • Canoeing history
Course Prerequisites
  • Introduction of Lake Tandem or permission of the Instructor, based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.
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