You will take the new skills you learned in Kayak FUNdamentals and learn how to apply them to the river. Our skilled and enthusiastic instructor will guide you through safe river running skills, river reading, and the specific maneuvers you need to make your river travelling both safe and fun! Our certified instructor and the low participant:instructor ratio will ensure a fun, comfortable, safe and educational experience!
Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to paddle your kayak on easy rivers like the Bow River in Calgary, and many others!
1:6 (MAX) Our ratio is the lowest in Alberta to ensure you have the best instructional experience possible! ?Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!
Kayak 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 of 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, consider taking our Kayak Next Step or Kayak Touring 1 course to increase your skills and safety further!
Dates, Times & Locations:
Kayak the River runs: Thursdays on the Bow River in northwest 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.