Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Instructor


Get your Paddle Canada award graphic.Now it is time to share your love of paddling with others! Learn to teach canoeing in Class 1 river environments, including strokes, safety and rescues. This course is perfect if you want to teach for camps, youth groups, clubs, resorts or similar – anywhere in Canada.

We introduce group management, decision-making, risk assessment, organizing and presenting effective on-water lessons, detecting and correcting common challenges with strokes and rescues, and providing meaningful feedback to students.

Instructor Student Ratio:

1:6 (MAX) to ensure you of the best instructional experience possible!

Expected Outcome:

You will be able to confidently teach canoe course on Class 1 rivers, as well as paddle with grace on Class 2 waters. You will receive your Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Instructor certificate.


See the Paddle Canada website for more details about the Moving Water Canoe Instructor certification.

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

Candidates need to register with Paddle Canada before the first day of the program – it will you cost either $10 or $90, depending on your current Paddle Canada membership level. Detailed instructions will be provided after after you register in this course.


At least 18 years of age.

Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Intermediate skills certification, or equivalent.

Current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR. (14+ hours).



Dates, Times & Locations:

The Moving Water Canoe Instructor course takes place on the Kananaskis River (Google map).

No courses are scheduled presently. Let us know if you want to be on the waiting list.


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.