River Kayaking

Whitewater kayaking starts here! Take winter pool clinics, then river kayaking lessons on the Bow and the Kananaskis Rivers.


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A- Intro To Kayaking

Begin here. Get a taste of river kayaking during the off-season in the University of Calgary pool. In this evening course, learn how to wet exit and paddle in a kayak with fun games and expert instruction. 16 years and up. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all paddling gear.

Kayak Roll Introduction


A kayak roll is an essential skill to learn and will increase your confidence on the river. In this evening course, 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- Intro to Kayaking or equivalent experience. Includes: instructor, all paddling gear.

Kayak Roll Clinics

Become a rolling super-star. Master or re-learn the kayak roll with practice and hands-on coaching in this evening session. Prerequisite: Kayak Roll Introduction. Includes: instructor, all paddling 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 years and up. Prerequisite: ability to do a braces entry and wet exit. Clean personal boats and solo canoes are welcome. Includes: river/sea kayaks, paddles, spraydecks.

WhiteWater Paddling Club

This non - instructional club was created to provide kayakers and solo canoers a way to progress their skills, meet new people and become apart of the paddling community. We'll meet once a week at the Outdoor Center, and from May to early winter, we'll head out to different sections of rivers. Over winter we'll use open pool sessions, at the U of C pool. Annual membership includes 30% discount on paddling gear rentals on club nights and 10% discounts on paddling courses.