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COURSES

Our season runs from late May to early September. If you can't find the course you're looking for or if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Click each course for more info 
 
Introduction to Whitewat
er Kayaking - 2 1/2 days
 A "taster" weekend where you get all the A's to Z's of whitewater kayaking jammed into a crazy, intense, 2 and a half days. 

Youth Intro to Whitewater Kayaking - 3 days
 A 3 day course designed just for kids! 

The Next Step - 3 days

 Caught the whitewater bug? This course is for those that have a small bit of whitewater kayaking experience and are ready to commit to the progression of becoming a paddler. 

Class 3 Development - 1 day

Practice and perfect those eddy turns, ferries, line decisions, and more on this one day skill and drill intensive workshop.

Introduction to Class 4 - 2 days

A full on weekend focused on getting you to the point of comfortably paddling class 4 whitewater.  

Whitewater Kayaking Safety 101 - 2 1/2 days
This course is designed for recreational paddlers that want to gain the knowledge, skills, and practice required to feel confident on the river when things go sideways.

Evening Rolling Sessions
Evenings sessions on a warm lake where we focus solely on the roll. 


Privates
Get in touch and we can work out something unique for your needs!

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

2 1/2 days - $375

If you have little to no whitewater kayaking experience but would like to get into the sport and want an opportunity to learn what it's all about then this is the course for you.

 

This two-and-a-half-day program begins Friday evening on the lake where we go over the whitewater kayaking fundamentals and get you fitted with your gear and boat for the weekend ahead. We finish the evening by paddling on the lake and performing a wet exit. Saturday morning, we reconvene at the lakeside to practice the fundamental strokes, get comfortable moving your kayak, and begin an intro to rolling. That afternoon we transition to the river where we discuss river safety and how to mitigate and manage hazards followed by paddling in currents. From there on, the rest of the weekend will take place on the river. We will start slow but aim to have you comfortable navigating and having fun on Class 2 whitewater by the end of the weekend.

 

 *This price includes all necessary gear rentals including boat, paddle, sprayskirt, PFD, helmet, splash top & wetsuit. Students are welcome to use personal gear if suitable and approved by the instructor. This is a physically intensive course so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

2024 Courses

May 31- June 2nd
June 14-16th

July 12-14th
August 9-11th

 

The Next Step

3 days - $450

Have you caught the whitewater bug? Ready to invest all your extra income on gear and international paddling trips? Ready to drink warm beers, create life-long friendships, and spend every spare moment watching kayak edits? 

This three-day program is for people that know they want to be a whitewater paddler and already have some foundational skills. This course goes nicely with having just done our Intro to WW course, something similar with another school, or maybe your friends have taught you the basics. 

 

We aim to progress your basic skill set and get you more capable & comfortable in your boat to start paddling some Class 2 to 3 whitewater. With 3 days to work with we'll be able to put a big focus on rolling, as well as eddy turns, ferries, scouting, and immersion safety. We'll work on getting you to the next step through practice and repetition. This course will also consist of coaching and feedback on each paddler’s specific needs and abilities as we paddle down the river. 

*This price includes all necessary gear rentals including boat, paddle, sprayskirt, PFD, helmet, splash top & wetsuit. Students are welcome to use personal gear if suitable and approved by the instructor. This is a physically intensive course so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  

2024 Courses
June 29th-July 1st

August 3-5th

Class 3 Development

1 day - $175

 This course is aimed at class three paddlers who are looking to progress their technique and confidence on the river. This one-day development program is designed to give participants the tools they need to take their paddling to a higher level and improve on the skills they already have. We will focus on ways to make class III whitewater more challenging and progress in a low consequence environment. This full-day will consist of coaching and feedback on each paddler’s specific needs and abilities. Participants will work on foundational skills such as boat control, paddling strokes, proper rolling, and choosing lines while scouting rapids. We will run through a series of drills and skills that paddlers can add to their repertoire. This course will give paddlers a foundation to work from while kayaking in the future and continuing to improve their personal paddling.

*This price does not include gear rental. Contact us for rental prices if needed. 

2024 Courses

June 8th
July 13th

Intro to Class 4

2 days- $275

Stepping into the class IV range opens up a lot of beautiful rivers but can be quite intimidating. If you are a competent class III kayaker looking to expand your comfort zone and paddle more challenging, dynamic whitewater, then this is the course for you. This weekend program will focus on breaking down the skills required not only to make it down a rapid but to do it with style and grace. This course will focus on reading water, surfing holes, boofing, driving your boat, as well identifying bad habits, and improving on technique. Paddlers will work towards achieving individual goals to help them become more competent and confident kayakers. Participants will gain the experience and foundation required to confidently approach class IV whitewater.

*This price does not include gear rental. Contact us for rental prices if needed. A consistent & confident roll in class 3 whitewater is required for this course. 

2024 Courses

July 6th-7th

Youth Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

3 days - $425

This youth introduction to whitewater course is aimed at youth, ages 12 to 16, who have little to no previous kayaking and are interested in getting into the sport alongside other youth. This program will allow youth to paddle with their peers and give them the skills and experience necessary to progress their kayaking safely. The course will have a large emphasis on safety. It will include practicing whitewater safety scenarios, knowledge on how to use safety equipment correctly, and how to be proactive in whitewater situations. It will also focus on general paddling techniques and improvements, catering to the individual needs and goals of each student. Team building, skill development, and having fun on the water will be highly emphasized throughout the course. This is a great opportunity to bring together young paddlers and build confidence on and off the river.

2024 Courses

July 9th-11th

Whitewater Kayaking Safety 101
2 1/2 days - $350

As much as we love this crazy sport, we got to face it... it's dangerous!

Planning and practicing for emergencies is challenging to do on your own, so often people look to courses and certifications to get that knowledge. However, we recognize that not everyone has the time or money to take a full wilderness first aid course and a swiftwater rescue course. This often leads to kayakers being out on the river under-trained in rescues and not prepared for emergencies. In this jam packed weekend course we pick and choose the most essential first aid and  swiftwater rescue techniques that relate specifically to whitewater kayaking.

With Boreal River Rescue's swiftwater instructor Matt Houston teaching the river rescue side of things, and our own Russell Henry pulling from his background as a paramedic and ski patroller teaching the first aid side you can expect a weekend full of learning, challenging scenarios and good times to get you set to be a safer kayaker. 
 
This course is designed for recreational paddlers that want to gain the knowledge, skills, and practice required to feel confident on the river when things go sideways.

This course begins Friday evening and wraps up Sunday afternoon. 

2024 Courses:
May 31-June 2

Evening Rolling Session
2 - 3 hours - $75

An evening session in a warm lake focused entirely on rolling. 
With a maximum of 3 students to 1 instructor you'll get lots of 1 on 1 time, but also have breaks to take a breather, and learn from watching others. 

*this price does not include gear rental. To rent a boat, paddle, and full kit, we charge just an additional $10 for the evening.

2024 Sessions:
June 27th
July 18th

Private Instruction/Guiding

Not finding the course that fits your needs? Schedule not lining up with our course dates? We offer all sorts of custom courses from private one-on-one coaching, to large private groups. We also guide experienced paddlers who are travelling that don't have the time our gear with them to fully indulge in the local paddling. Please get in touch with us through our contact page and we'll try our best to work something out!

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