Whether you are handy in the workshop or not, this is your opportunity to build your own Greenland paddle!
Paddling with a Greenland paddle is a fast-growing aspect of kayaking because these paddles are surprisingly shoulder-friendly and easy on the body in general, and because of their connection to the ancient past of kayaking.
We provide the raw materials, the workshop space and the tools, along with the skilled guidance and encouragement of our experienced paddle-maker! You provide the labour and the inspiration to create your own paddling masterpiece.
You will leave the course with a custom Greenland paddle that you built yourself.
Instructor Student Ratio:
1:4 (MAX) Our ratio is the lowest in Alberta to ensure you of the best paddle-building experience possible! ? Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!
This is an active participatory program. Please "dress to mess" and bring your own safety glasses & work gloves.
We provide the clear-grain cedar board custom rough-cut for you, instruction, use of the tools, and skilled guidance while you make your paddle.
This clinic is designed for adults - all participants must be at least 16 years old.
All participants are required to complete and sign our standard waiver.
Once you have built your beautiful new paddle, you will want to learn to use it properly. Register for our Greenland FUNdamentals course to get the most from your masterpiece!
None. But, a willingness to learn and create won't hurt. ☺
Dates, Times & Locations:
Build your own Greenland Paddle runs: at the Old Boathouse in central Calgary (Google map) from 10 am - 2 pm.
Check the Book Now calendar below for detailed dates.
Registration & Refunds
Full payment is due at registration to secure your spot in the course.
On the rare occasion when Undercurrents cancels a lesson, we will issue a full refund or make every reasonable effort to register you in an equivalent program; it is your choice. We need 3 participants to run a course.
If you cancel for any reason more than 7 days (14 days for multi-day courses) prior to the course commencement, you will receive a full refund less our $10 administrative fee.
There is no refund if you cancel for any reason within 7 days (14 days for multi-day courses) of the course.
Courses go rain or shine. Here in Alberta we can have rain, snow, blistering heat or high winds - sometimes on the same day. Don't believe weather forecasts; dress for varying weather conditions. If you need help, our store staff can give you great advice!
A “risk of thunderstorms” forecast does not mean we will cancel a course. During the warm season “risks” are issued too frequently; we only experience thunderstorms at our course locations 10-20% of the time that a “risk” is issued. We will meet at the course location and make an appropriate decision using the outdoor industry’s standard lightning protocol.
See our policies page for more details.