Canoe U 2015 Courses

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Registration for Canoe U 2015 is open until May 2nd

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Fundamentals Courses

Kayak - Whitewater Fundamentals

Our five-session whitewater kayaking course teaches the fundamentals you’ll need to participate in this exciting sport. Start in the indoor pool, progress through flat water and moving water onto Class II whitewater. You’ll learn basic strokes and techniques for boat control, maneuvers like eddy turns and peel outs, plus river safety and rescue skills. The course also covers river reading, personal gear, tips on outfitting your kayak and more.

Cost: $270 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015: Introduction & Pool Session: May 3  – Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17  – Graduation Weekend May 30-31

 

Kayak - Whitewater Refresher

This two-day kayak refresher course is designed for returning Canoe U students, or paddlers with previous whitewater instruction. It provides a tune-up and chance to get the rust off in the form of two fun-filled days working on improving stoke effectiveness, making successful ferries, peel outs, eddy turns and S-turns on moderately challenging whitewater. This course will help build your competency and confidence for the coming season.

Cost: $170 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015: Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17

Canoe - Whitewater Fundamentals, Tandem or Solo

Is a five-session comprehensive course for learning to canoe whitewater on rivers with Class I and II rapids. This course is appropriate for properly outfitted whitewater solo and/or tandem canoes. We start in the comfort of an indoor pool; then move to flat water where we work on basic and advanced strokes. From there it is onto moving water to practice maneuvers like catching smaller eddies, making sharp peel outs and effective ferries in fast moving water. Graduation weekend will be spent running class I and II rapids on rivers rated class II-III. The course also covers river reading, safety and rescue skills, what gear to take and how to properly outfit a whitewater canoe.

Cost: $270 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015:  Introduction & Pool Session: May 3 –  Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17 –  Graduation Weekend May 30-31

 

River Canoeing, Tandem or Solo

This five-session course teaches the skills required to efficiently paddle on rivers with Class I rapids by catching eddies, making sharp peel outs and effective ferries. Canoeists wanting to enhance their canoeing skills, improve the quality of their strokes and maneuvers, and increase their river rescue knowledge this course is for you. This course is appropriate for properly outfitted versatile or whitewater tandem and/or solo canoes.

Cost: $270 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015:  Introduction & Pool Session: May 3 –  Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17 –  Graduation Weekend May 30-31

 

Advanced Courses

Kayak - Whitewater Continuum

If you feel comfortable in class II water and are ready to work on precision and boat control this class is for you. Expect to work on attainments, performing Class III maneuvers on Class II water, dropping decisively into those micro eddies, and more. River time will be geared towards improving water reading skills and preparing you to run bigger stuff. We'll also take time to identify "friendly" features and practice surfing waves, playing holes, and self-rescue [not necessarily in that order].

Cost: $170 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015: Graduation Weekend May 30-31

  

Kayak - Refresher/Continuum Combo

This choice enrolls you in both the Kayak Whitewater Refresher and Continuum courses. Think of this combo as Canoe U post-graduate studies. Taking both in one year will save you money! Previous whitewater kayak instruction and experience is required.

Cost: $270 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015: Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17  – Graduation Weekend May 30-31

  

Kayak - Rodeo Skills

Improve your rodeo skills by learning the big moves and the skills and concepts that make the moves actually happen...

Cost: $170 per person (Current ACA Members receive a $30 discount.)

Dates 2015:  Graduation Weekend May 30-31

 
Rapids Riders seeks to promote the responsible enjoyment of whitewater canoeing and kayaking. We provide American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instruction in techniques and safety; coordinate informational activities and competitions; work with local agencies and private concerns to promote river stewardship and ensure the future of whitewater paddle sports in the upper Midwest.
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