Instructor Pre-Course

Take a kayaking course with Undercurrents!


An Instructor Pre-Course is your opportunity to work on your paddling and rescue skills with an Instructor Trainer, before the instructor course begins. Those skills need to be "demonstration quality" in order to pass the instructor course, but there is little time in an instructor course to fine-tune your paddling skills. If you are confident you have top notch skills for the instructor level you want, then you do not need to take this pre-course.

We offer instructor pre-courses at the following levels: Basic Kayak, Sea Kayak Level 1, Flatwater SUP (Basic & Advanced Flatwater), SUP River 1, and Moving Water Canoe.

The instructor pre-course is traditionally the day before the instructor course begins. For those instructor courses with a Friday night component, the pre-course is typically during the day on Friday, ending early enough so everyone can make the evening session.

Expected Outcome:

At the end of this interesting day-long clinic you will have tuned up your paddling and rescue skills. You will be ready to rock in the instructor course!

Instructor Student Ratio:

1:9 (MAX)


Paddlers at this level usually own their own gear. If needed, canoes, kayaks, SUP boards and related gear are available for rent during this course. Group rescue gear is provided.

All participants are required to complete and sign our standard waiver.

All of our instructor trainers are Paddle Canada certified and among the top in their discipline! Their certifications are current, and they undergo regular professional development. 👍 Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!


As required by the related instructor course.



Dates, Times & Locations:

Instructor pre-courses are offered for the following certified instructors:

  • Basic Kayak instructors on May 25th at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • Sea Kayak Level 1 instructors on {Date TBA} at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • Basic or Advanced Flatwater SUP instructors on June 1st at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • SUP River 1 instructors on May 19th at on the Kananaskis River (Google map), meet at the Info Centre at 9:00 am
  • Moving Water Canoe instructors on {Date TBA} on the Kananaskis River (Google map), meet at the Info Centre at 9:00 am

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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.

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!

See our policies page for more details.