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Moving Water Canoe

The Moving Water Canoe program offers paddlers the opportunity to increase their skill and knowledge of whitewater paddling skills from small currents to progressively more challenging whitewater (Class III rapids) conditions. Emphasis in placed greater boat control, safety, and the thrill of whitewater paddling.

Introduction to Moving Water Canoe (illustrations by Paul Mason)

Skills Programs

Moving Water Safety and Rescue Clinic

Aim

This clinic focuses on commonly used moving water river rescue skills and on the fundamental skills, knowledge and manoeuvres of rescuing paddlers and equipment in moving water situations from a paddler’s perspective. It does not replace the need for Swiftwater Rescue Training (SRT) or similar training.

This course is for all levels of canoeists as well as both tandem and solo canoeists. Instructors must teach within their Paddle Canada Moving Water certifications (i.e. International River Classification I, II or III, as well as tandem or solo).

Most safety and rescue techniques incorporate the use of a paddling partner and it is essential for all Moving Water paddlers to travel on the water with others who have been as trained in the same techniques of assisted rescues as the rescuers.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Tandem or Solo, any level, or permission of instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skills and knowledge. It is up to the paddler to prove to the instructor by means of evidence, demonstration or assessment that these skills have been learned. Instructors cannot assume that experience has led to learning.

Typical Course Length

1 day or more

Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Tandem

Aim

This course introduces the canoeist to many of the fundamental skills, knowledge and manoeuvres of canoeing in whitewater. The nature of Class I rapids provides a friendly and safe environment to teach and learn the fundamentals of canoeing through moving water before venturing into whitewater rapids.

The successful candidate is considered a beginner river canoeist, capable of performing basic shore and water-based river rescues, including self-rescue. The candidate has been introduced to basic river manoeuvres such as eddy turns and ferries while paddling tandem, in Class I current, ripple and small wave rapids.

Prerequisites

Lake Intermediate Tandem or permission of instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.

Typical Course Length

2 or more days

Moving Water Canoe Skills Intermediate Tandem

Aim

This course introduces the canoeist to more complex tandem whitewater river manoeuvres.

The successful candidate is considered an accomplished tandem whitewater river canoeist, capable of performing shore and water-based river rescues. The candidate is able to perform eddy turns and ferries with proficiency and has been introduced to more complex tandem whitewater river manoeuvres in Class II rapids.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Introduction to Tandem or permission of instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.

Typical Course Length

2 or more days

Moving Water Canoe Skills Advanced Tandem

Aim

This course further develops complex tandem whitewater river manoeuvres.

The successful candidate is considered an expert whitewater river canoeist capable of performing advanced shore and water-based rescues, including self-rescue. The candidate is able to perform advanced whitewater river manoeuvres with proficiency in Class III rapids and can competently lead a small group of paddlers down a Class III rapid.

Prerequisites

Candidate must have Moving Water Intermediate Tandem certification (or permission of instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge).

Typical Course Length

2 or more days

Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Solo

Aim

This course introduces the canoeist to many of the fundamental skills, knowledge and manoeuvres of canoeing in whitewater. The nature of Class I rapids (current, ripples, small waves, etc.) provide a friendly and safe environment to teach and learn the fundamentals before venturing into whitewater situations.

The successful candidate is considered a beginner river canoeist, capable of performing basic shore and water-based river rescues, including self-rescue. The candidate will be introduced to basic river manoeuvres such as eddy turns and ferries while paddling solo, in Class I current, ripple and small wave rapids.

Prerequisites

Lake Intermediate Solo or permission of Instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.

Typical Course Length

2 or more days

Moving Water Canoe Skills Intermediate Solo

Aim

This course introduces the canoeist to more complex solo whitewater river manoeuvres.

The successful candidate is considered an accomplished solo whitewater river canoeist, capable of performing shore and water-based river rescues. The candidate is able to perform eddy turns and forward ferries with proficiency and has been introduced to more complex solo whitewater river manoeuvres in Class II rapids.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Introduction to Solo or permission of instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.

Typical Course Length

2 or more days

Moving Water Canoe Skills Advanced Solo

Aim

This course further develops complex solo whitewater river manoeuvres.

The successful candidate is considered an expert whitewater river canoeist, capable of performing advanced shore and water-based river rescues, including solo self-rescue. The candidate is able to perform advanced solo whitewater river manoeuvres with proficiency in Class III rapids and can confidently lead a small group of paddlers through Class III rapids.

Prerequisites

Candidate must have Moving Water Intermediate Solo (or permission of instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge).

Typical Course Length

2 or more days


Instructor Program

Moving Water Canoe Instructor Tandem

Aim

To provide a national certification for the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada’s Moving Water courses.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Intermediate Tandem and Solo Skills

or

With permission of instructor-trainer based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge. It is up to the paddler to prove to the instructor by means of evidence, demonstration or assessment that experience has led to learning. It cannot be assumed that experience has led to learning.

Minimum Age: 18

First Aid and CPR: 16 hour

Typical Course Length

4 days minimum (instructor foundation work on “How to be an Instructor” is done at this level)

Moving Water Canoe Instructor Intermediate Tandem

Aim

To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada’s Moving Water courses.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Advanced Tandem and Solo Skills

or

With permission of instructor-trainer based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge. It is up to the paddler to prove to the instructor by means of evidence, demonstration, or assessment that experience has led to learning. It cannot be assumed that experience has led to learning.

Minimum Age: 18

First Aid and CPR: 16 hour

Typical Course Length

2 days minimum (more days maybe required if the candidates are not already Moving Water Canoe Instructors)

Moving Water Canoe Instructor Advanced Tandem

Aim

To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada’s Moving Water courses.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Advanced Tandem and Solo Skills

Moving Water Intermediate Tandem Instructor

Minimum Age: 18

First Aid and CPR: 16 hour

Typical Course Length

2 days minimum

Moving Water Canoe Instructor Solo

Aim

To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada’s Moving Water courses.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Intermediate Solo

or

Permission of instructor-trainer based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge. It is up to the paddler to prove to the instructor by means of evidence, demonstration or assessment that experience has led to learning. It cannot be assumed that experience has led to learning.

Minimum Age: 18

First Aid and CPR: 16 hour

Typical Course Length

4 days minimum (instructor foundation work on “How to be an Instructor” is done at this level)

Moving Water Canoe Instructor Intermediate Solo

Aim

To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada Moving Water courses.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Advanced Solo and Solo Skills

or

With permission of instructor-trainer based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge. It is up to the paddler to prove to the instructor by means of evidence, demonstration or assessment that experience has led to learning. It cannot be assumed that experience has led to learning.

Minimum Age: 18

First Aid and CPR: 16 hour

Typical Course Length

2 days minimum (more days maybe required if the candidates are not Moving Water Canoe Instructors already)

Moving Water Canoe Instructor Advanced Solo

Aim

To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of Paddle Canada’s Moving Water courses.

Prerequisites

Moving Water Advanced Solo Skills

Minimum Age: 18

First Aid and CPR: 16 hour

Typical Course Length

2 days minimum

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