• Paddling is a source of enrichment and inner renewal - Pierre Trudeau

  • A man of WISDOM delights in water - Confucius

  • Yes, I do have a retirement plan. I plan on paddling! - Unknown

  • Everyone must believe in something! I believe I'll go canoeing._Henry David Thoreau

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2022 Canoe Training Schedule

Beginner canoe training is mandatory for all new members so skill levels can be assessed and trips can be planned accordingly. (If you have moving water training and/or are ORCKA certified, please let us know on your registration form.)

  • Safety for all our members is of the upmost importance to us as a club which is why beginner canoe training is mandatory for all new members. This is so skill levels can be assessed and our trip leaders  and any potential canoe partners can be assured you have the required abilities for the types trips you want to participate in.  
  • Fees for training are very reasonable, but are non-refundable due to the commitment required, limited spaces and the instruction provided by our certified trainer and experienced volunteers.
  • River training for both the Beginner and Intermediate training sessions are for two days with rain dates. Please keep those dates free and ensure you are able to participate on both days!
  • All of our training sessions are very worthwhile and designed to enhance your canoe experience with the Old Salts this season while ensuring your safety!
  • Current members are also encouraged to continue taking training sessions on a regular basis to keep their canoeing skills sharp and improve their river reading abilities! There is always something new to learn no matter how many times you take a training session:)
  • Training is not just for learning new skills, but are also a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and start the canoe season under the guidance of a qualified instructor and experienced volunteer members.

 Please note, training dates are subject to change due to weather and/or river conditions, which is why we have rain dates. Please plan accordingly!  

   Questions? Contact us here.

 

(April) Orientation Training for New Members (1 day) 

When: April 12th

Where: Albert McCormick Community Centre, Waterloo, ON (Beaupre Room)

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: Free

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • who we are as a club and how we operate
  • equipment needed
  • how to hold a paddle
  • paddle strokes and what they do
  • getting in and out of a canoe without tipping
  • canoe safety

 **inside instruction

 

(April) Pool Training for New Members (2 days)
Will not be offered in 2022

When: N/A

Where: N/A

Cost: N/A

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • practice entry technique, ease of balance
  • practice paddle strokes
  • steering techniques

**pool training- bring a towel, canoeing clothes, water shoes, PFD, and a change of clothes. 
   YOU WILL GET WET!

(May) Beginner/Basic-River Training (2 days - Day 1)

When: Monday, May 9th  (Group 1) Rain date: Friday May 13th
           Monday, May 16th (Group 2) Rain date: Thursday May 19th
          
Time: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Training Location:  Nith River, New Hamburg  (Meet at canoe shed: 9:30 a.m.)

Cost: $65 (both days)

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • outdoor training (calm water)
  • review of dry-land and pool training
  • getting in and out of canoe without tipping
  • practice paddle strokes
  • water and canoe safety

 **on the river-bring PFD, dry sack, lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for the weather!

(May) Beginner/Basic-River Training (2 days - Day 2)

When:  Wednesday, May 11th (Group 1) Rain date:  May 13th
            Wednesday, May 18th, (Group 2) Rain date: May 19th 

Time:  11:00 am- 3:30 pm

Training Location:  Grand River, Moyer's Landing to River Bluff Park 
                               (Meet at canoe shed: 9:00 a.m.)

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • outdoor training (moving water)
  • review of dry-land and pool training
  • getting in and out of canoe without tipping
  • practice paddle strokes
  • water and canoe safety

 **on the river-bring PFD, dry sack, lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for the weather! 

 (May) Intermediate Skills Training (2 days - Day1)

When:  Wednesday, May 25th (Group 1)  Rain date: Monday, May 30th
            Wednesday, June 1st (Group 2) Rain date: Monday June 6th

Time:  11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Training Location: Petrocan (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (Meet at canoe shed: 9:00 am)

Cost: $70 (both days)

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • water and canoe safety
  • practice paddle strokes for bow and stern
  • canoe terminology on the river
  • how to read the river flow
  • building basic canoe skills to intermediate level

 **on the river-bring PFD, dry sack, lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for the weather (including early evening)!

(May) Intermediate Skills Training (2 days - Day 2)

When: Friday, May 27th (Group 1) Rain date: May 30th
            Friday, June 3rd (Group 2) Rain date: June 6th 

Training Location: Glen Morris to Birley Gates (Meet at canoe shed: 9:00 am)

Cost: TBD

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • build and practice on day 1 lessons
  • practice paddle strokes and apply on river
  • canoe terminology and how to apply on the river
  • practice reading the river flow
  • building canoe skills to intermediate level

 **on the river-bring PFD, dry sack, lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for the weather (including early evening)!

 

(May) Refresher Skills Training Course (1 day)

When:  Monday, May 2nd (Group 1) Rain date: May 6th
            Wednesday, May 4th (Group 2)  Rain date: May 6th

Time:  11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Glen Morris to Birley Gates (Meet at the canoe shed: 9:00 am)

Cost: $40

Training includes, but is not limited to review of:

  • canoe safety refresh
  • paddle stroke review
  • steering techniques
  • properly navigating and reading the river
  • reviewing/practicing canoe skills from previous training
  • leadership/rescue risk management skills 

 **on the river-bring PFD, dry sack, lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for the weather!

Pond Training (Canoe Stroke Practice Sessions)

Dates:  Tuesday, April 19th
            Thursday, April 21st
            Tuesday, April 26th
            Thursday, April 28th

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Training Location: Victoria St. Pond (meet at canoe shed: 1:00 p.m.)

Cost: $2 per session

This is a chance to practice those rusty canoe skills to get ready for the season after a long, cold winter. No charge and everyone welcome!

**on the water-bring PFD, dry sack, lunch, snacks, and water.  Dress for the weather!

  Questions? Contact us here.