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Intermediate Style Canoeing

Discipline: Canoeing Program: Style Canoe Stream: Skills Development

Intermediate Style Canoeing is an intermediate level that expands on core style canoeing skills learned in the Introduction to Style Canoeing level.

New skills learned at this level include controlled weight turns and reverse manoeuvres.

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Course Overview

Typical Course Length

8 hours of instruction and expect 16 hours of personal practice time.

Course Topics

Safety and Rescue
  • Review as required all safety and rescue skills form the Introduction to Style Canoeing level
General Paddling Skills
  • Review as required all general paddling skills form the Introduction to Style Canoeing level
Paddling Strokes
  • Off-side strokes including forward, draw and pry
  • Reverse Rolling J (reverse silent stroke)
  • Circle stroke
  • Surface sweep (for turn – e.g. Christie)
  • One handed jam
  • Compound forward stroke
  • Running Draw & Running Pry
  • Combined or blended strokes
  • Reverse inside and outside circles
  • Reverse turns in both directions
  • Controlled forward weight turns in both directions
  • Reverse weight turns
  • Reverse straight-line glide of 5-10 seconds
  • Forward running side slip
  • Connected circles
  • Line pivots, pinwheel and spiral to pivot
  • 45° line (diagonal line)
  • Simple duet routine of 4-6 manoeuvres
  • Paddle shapes and styles and it's importance and effect on body position, paddling style/manoeuvres
  • Understanding and use of hull dynamics in canoe control
  • Importance of communication when doing synchronized paddling
  • Development of routines (choreography)
Course Prerequisites
  • Introduction to Style Canoeing or prior experience at the discretion of the Course Director.