Canoe Courses

Each year, Recreational Canoeing Association of BC (RCABC) paddler-level courses are offered by qualified club instructors. Fees for these courses go to the Club, not the instructor. You can read more about the course contents on the RCABC website.

Please note that club membership is a prerequisite to enroll in courses. The Join Us link above will take you to the membership application page.


Basic Lakewater I tandem course is an introduction to canoeing and a prerequisite for all further courses; the course is 8 hours long. Lakewater II is the basic solo paddling course. Lake Water III and IV are the advanced flat-water courses for tandem techniques and solo paddling skill development.

Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem Oct 19th

Moving Water:

Moving Water I is the basic tandem river paddling course (LW1 is a prerequisite, all of LW1, LW2, LW3 and LW4 are even better preperation); Moving Water II is the introductory course for solo canoeing on rivers (to be taken after MW1 and LW2).

Canoe Moving Water 1 - Tandem Oct 26/27 (Depending on water levels in local rivers)

Ocean/Coastal Canoeing:

The course introduces the students to ocean paddling, including dealing with tides and currents, navigating with a compass, and the use of tide and current tables and charts.  Includes an ocean canoeing trip with camping, usually a among the Gulf Islands.

  • next class should be spring 2019

Skill Clinic:

  • none scheduled at this time.

Tripping courses 

Tripping courses are also available if there is sufficient interest.

Instructor level courses can be arranged, but are not normally offered as Club courses.

In addition to formal courses, the Canoe Program sometimes offers specialized clinics.

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