Canoe U 2015 Courses

Enroll in one of the best and most fun paddling classes in the upper Midwest!

Registration for 2015 is expected to open in late February

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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 ($240 if you are an ACA Member)

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 provides returning students a whitewater tune-up 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. The course will help build your competency and confidence for the coming season.

Cost: $170 per person ($140 if you are an ACA Member)

Dates 2015: Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17

 

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 attains and make Class III maneuvers on Class II water, dropping decisively into those micro eddies. 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 ($140 if you are an ACA Member)

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 ($240 if you are an ACA Member)

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 ($140 if you are an ACA Member)

Dates 2015:  Graduation Weekend May 30-31

 

Essentials of River Canoeing, Tandem or Solo

This five-session course teaches the fundamentals needed to begin or advance your canoeing fun on moving water. Start in the indoor pool, progress through flat water onto moving water up to class I. You will learn stroke fundamentals, techniques for boat control, maneuvers like ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs, plus river safety and rescue, river reading, trip planning and much more.

Cost: $270 per person ($240 if you are an ACA Member)

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

 

Canoe - Whitewater Fundamentals, Tandem or Solo

Is our five-session comprehensive course for learning to canoe whitewater. Available for both solo and/or tandem boaters this course is for those who want to attain a higher level of canoeing skill. We’ll 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 ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs 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 ($240 if you are an ACA Member)

Dates 2015:  Introduction & Pool Session: May 3 –  Canoe-U Weekend May 16-17 –  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.
American Canoe Association