Lakewater Canoeing: Intermediate Skills

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Lakewater Canoeing: Intermediate Skills

295.00

The Intermediate Canoe Program course is designed to introduce participants to the thrill of paddling at a higher level. Emphasis is on greater boat control, safety, and fun.

Prerequisites: Lake Water Introduction or equivalent skills

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This course is to expand upon the skills and principles necessary to paddle on open lake waters, to perform skills and manoeuvres with greater refinement and demonstrate confidence in open water environments, and to develop a greater awareness of environmental hazards and how to avoid/react to those hazards.

The successful Intermediate Lake candidate is considered an intermediate lake canoeist, capable of performing a variety of land and water-based rescues and more advanced strokes and manoeuvres. Manoeuvres within the intermediate program require expanded levels of teamwork and greater precision.

Topics and content dependent on group's abilities and time constraints.

HAVE A GROUP? WE CAN WORK WITH YOU TO CREATE A LAKEWATER CANOEING COURSE FOR YOUR GROUP FOR MOST DATES. MINIMUM 4 PARTICIPANTS FOR THE ABOVE STATED PRICE.

TOPICS COVERED

PADDLING SKILLS

General:

  • Launch & Remove a Canoe (in water along rocky shoreline)
  • Paddling Concepts (J-Lean, Power face, non power/back face, inside & outside turns,
  • Catch/Power/Recovery Phase, etc.)
  • Paddling Mechanics (yaw, roll, pitch, environmental and other forces that effect the
  • canoe, balance & trim in windy conditions)
  • Paddlers Box - Body Rotation (use of the bigger muscle group)

Strokes :

  • Refine Introduction Strokes
  • Draw (underwater recovery)
  • Bow Rudder
  • Cross Bow Rudder & Draw
  • Righting Pry
  • J Stroke
  • Stern Pry
  • Sweeps: Forward & Reverse
  • Sculling Draw
  • Reverse J
  • Back Draw
  • Optional Strokes:
    • Sculling Pry
    • Traditional / Punch Stroke
    • Canadian
    • Silent

Manoeuvres :

  • Performed on Both Sides
  • 100 m Triangular Course (4 metre corridor with very little yaw, roll, or pitch)
  • Sideslip (90 degrees to dock, limited forward/backward motion, limited yaw movement) 5 metres, both ways, on one side and then the other
  • Improved Stopping Skills (limited yaw movement)
  • Figure 8
  • Inside & Outside Turns for Docking
  • Reverse Straight-line (25 metres)
  • Running Side Slip

SAFETY & RESCUE

Theory

  • Weather Information
  • Exposure Elements
  • Accident Prevention
  • Communication and Leadership Requirements “Guided Excursions”
  • Principles of Effective Rescue
  • Rescue Organizations
  • First Aid Kits

Practical

  • Signals: Paddle and Whistle
  • Deep Water Exits and Swimming Canoe to Shore
  • Canoe over Canoe (timed)
  • Curl/Parallel Rescue
  • Towing Canoes Swimmers
  • Assisting Swimmers into Rescue Canoe
  • Throw Bag Practice

KNOWLEDGE

  • Designs of Canoes and Paddles (materials used & repair)
  • Canoe Solo Carry
  • Canoe Transport on Car: Loading and Unloading, Racks, Ropes and/or Straps, Knots
  • Knots: Trucker’s Hitch or comparable securing system, taut line, clove hitch
  • Basic Repair Kit
  • Emergency Kit
  • Basic Lake Navigation (for day paddling)
  • Choosing a Safe Environment
  • Day Trip Planning
  • Additional Courses
  • Canoe and Fur Trade or regional/local history
  • Canoe Tour (if time permits)

COURSE VALIDITY AND RECERTIFICATION

Certification through Paddle Canada

Certification valid for life with no need to recertify. However, skills updates and upgrades are greatly encouraged. 

CONDITIONS

No wind to variable wind and waves