River Kayaking

Take pool clinics and paddling lessons with us on the Bow and the Kananaskis. Then spend the summer paddling Alberta rivers and playboating on whitewater.

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A. River Kayaking Basics

This 3-hour session includes everything you need to get started. It will begin with a mini-lecture on gear and river awareness to introduce you to the world of river kayaking. Then prepare to get wet as you head to the pool to learn entries, exits and basic paddling strokes. 16+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

River Kayak Roll Introduction

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: River Kayaking A or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

River Kayak Roll Clinic

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

Open Recreation Pool Session

Use our gear to practice and strengthen your paddling skills during this 1.5 hour session at the University of Calgary pool. Formal/paid instruction is not allowed. To reserve a spot, call Active Living Client Services at 403.220.7749. 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.