New canoers: this is the place to start! Our comprehensive on-water introductory lesson will give you the hands-on training and skills required to canoe in protected waters. This course features canoeing safety information, essential equipment knowledge, launching & landing skills, basic strokes, and more. The skills and enthusiasm of our certified instructors, combined with the low participant:instructor ratio, will ensure a fun, comfortable, safe and educational experience!
You will have the skills and confidence to paddle your canoe in protected waters. You will receive your Paddle Canada "Basic Canoe" Skills certificate.
1:8 (MAX) Our ratio is the lowest in Alberta to ensure you have the best instructional experience possible! ? Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!
Canoe and related gear is provided.
This clinic is designed for adults - all participants must be at least 16 years old. Children 12-15 are welcome to participate if a parent is also registered in the clinic.
All participants are required to complete and sign our standard waiver.
All our instructors are Paddle Canada certified! Their certifications are current, and they undergo regular professional development. Most paddling schools in Alberta don’t meet that standard. ? Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!
After you complete this course get out and paddle! Practicing is the proven way to hardwire your new skills so you can enjoy a lifetime of safe paddling. Then, take our Canoe the River course to increase your skills and safety further!
None. But, a willingness to learn and a fondness for fun won't hurt.☺
Dates, Times & Locations:
Canoe FUNdamentals runs: Thursdays on the Glenmore Res. in central Calgary (Google map) from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.
Interested in another date? Call or visit the store!
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.