River Kayaking

ABC Whitewater Kayaking Complete Beginner Weekend

Jump into whitewater river kayaking with this popular weekend course that combines the A, B and Cs. You'll start with lessons in the U of C Pool and finish with an exciting whitewater run just outside Calgary. These weekend courses start Thursday night and go all day Saturday and Sunday. You'll need stamina to paddle all weekend, as this course is energetically paced. Required: Farmer-John-style wetsuit. Prerequisite: No Experience Necessary and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.



 

A. Whitewater Kayaking Basics (Pool Session)

Get a taste of whitewater river kayaking in the comfort of the University pool. In this course, you will learn the basics of how to paddle a river kayak through expert instruction on flatwater. This session includes everything you need to get started and introduce you to the world of river kayaking. Prerequisite: No experience Necessary and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

B. Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

In this full day course, you will build on what you know of how to paddle a kayak with expert instruction in the Bowness eddies. Learn to identify river features and hazards, and how to safely navigate on a river. You'll learn eddy turns, ferry glides and the essentials of confident river running. End the day with a down-river paddle, where you'll continue developing your skills. Prerequisite: A. Whitewater Kayaking Basics or equivalent experience and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

C. Whitewater Kayaking Continued

After you have moved onto the river, come spend a day with us improving your river-running and maneuvering skills as you experience the rapids on some exciting class I-II whitewater just outside Calgary. Gain confidence in whitewater under the watchful eye of our knowledgeable and passionate instructors. Prerequisite: B. Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

D. Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking

Come join us for a day or two of paddling some class II-III whitewater where we will build on the knowledge that you have aquired through previous experience. This is the next step in your whitewater kayaking journey and we recommended that you have more days on the water than just the ABC. Prerequisite: ABC Whitewater Kayaking Beginner Weekend or equivalent experience and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

Whitewater Kayak Roll Introduction (Pool Session)

A kayak roll is an essential skill to learn and will increase your confidence on the river. In this pool session, receive step-by-step instruction to help you complete your first roll in the safety of the University of Calgary pool. NOTE: A nose plug and wetsuit are recommended. Prerequisite: A. Whitewater Kayaking Basics or equivalent and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

Whitewater Kayak Roll Clinic (Pool Session)

Become a rolling superstar. Master or re-learn the river kayak roll with practice and hands-on coaching in this pool session. Prerequisite: Whitewater Kayak Roll Introduction or previous roll experience and 16+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

Open Recreation Pool Session

Use our gear to practice and strengthen your paddling skills during this 2 hour session at the University of Calgary pool. Formal/paid instruction is not allowed. Whitewater and sea kayaks available to practice with. 14+. Prerequisite: ability to do a braced entry and wet exit. Clean personal boats and solo canoes are welcome. Includes: river/sea kayaks, paddles, spraydecks.

Custom Paddle Program / Schools

Want to give your students or group a fun outdoor experience on the water? Customize a group booking through the Outdoor Centre. Our guides can teach your students the canoeing/kayaking and wilderness skills needed while on a single day trip or weeklong expedition. All gear can be provided by the Outdoor Centre. Fill out the Outdoor Centre Custom Group Activities Booking form to learn more.
These programs are for custom groups only to register and not open to the public. If you are interested in booking a custom program yourself, please fill out the form or contact ocprograms@ucalgary.ca

Whitewater Paddling Club

Come paddle with us on Thursday evenings in the U of C pool to work on your kayaking skills over the Winter! You will have the chance to learn and practice a kayak roll, play kayak polo and get involved with a fun paddling community during these open pool sessions. Must be a member of the club to sign up. Contact Erik at erik.rust@ucalgary.ca for details. Student discounts availableIncludes: river kayaks, paddles, spraydecks.