The Rocky Mountain Paddling Centre offers a wide variety of kayak courses on the beautiful Kananaskis, Bow, Elbow, Red Deer and Highwood Rivers to get you ready to tackle these adventures.

Choose from an introductory flat water kayaking course through advanced whitewater, or let us help you get ready for your first kayak touring adventure.  Most of our courses run over a weekend, but we also offer many of our courses mid-week in the evening. We have something for everyone!

If the posted dates don’t fit your schedule, or you don’t see a course that fits your requirements, give us a call to organize a private course.

Call us today:  403-202-8490

River I First Step

River Kayaking Course

Never paddled before? With our expert instruction and proven methods, you too can be a river kayaker!! It is exciting, safe and fun! We start in the POOL  where we become accustomed to our kayaks, learn how to safely get in and out of the boat and introduce the kayak roll.  Saturday afternoon we will learn how to perform forward ferries and eddy turns. Sunday we progress to a river run, where there will be plenty of time to practice bracing, eddy turns, ferries and our favourite, SURFING!

*All Necessary Equipment is included.

2018 River Kayaking Course Dates:

Saturday, Sunday

1. June 9,10
2. July 7,8

$275.00 + GST

Evening River Kayaking Course

This is a condensed version of our popular weekend River Kayaking course.  Learn to kayak and get on the river in 3 evenings (6:30 – 8:30pm).

*All Necessary Equipment is included

2018 Course dates

Evenings – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1.  May 8 (pool), 9, 10

2.  May 29 (pool), 30, 31

3.   June 12 (pool), 13, 14

4.  July 10 (pool), 11, 12

$195.00 + GST

Rolling & Bracing Courses

Our kayak rolling and bracing clinics take place in the pool. As you practice you’ll have a safe and comfortable pool environment to learn in, and the water is warm!! The pool is the perfect place to learn, explore and perfect kayak roll basics and just as importantly, to practice bracing. We will guide you through an easy to learn progression of steps to build the important skill of rolling that opens up the gate to confidence in kayaking!

The kayak rolling and bracing clinics are 1.5 hours long. We take you through an easy to follow progression, which will take you from having to bail on your boat to rolling with confidence. We provide equipment (kayak, paddle, skirt) but if you’d like to bring your own you can.

We recommend that you’ve taken a kayaking course before trying our rolling and bracing clinic. If you haven’t, try our river kayaking course to learn some of the basics or call us to talk about other options.

2018 Dates:

Tuesday Evenings

1.  May 8
2.  May 29
3.  June 12
4.  July 10

Cost: $ 65 + GST

River II Next Step

Beyond Beginner

Have you taken an Intro to Kayak course?  Wondering what is next?  Our Beyond Beginner course gets you back on the river building on what you learned in the Intro course.  Building your skills and confidence so you can be comfortable paddling class I/II- with your friends.

2018 Course dates:

  1. June 10
  2. Aug 19
  3. September 9

$105.00 + GST

Conquer the Kan!

This course is for you!  The person that wants to paddle the Kananaskis with their buddies, but is still a little afraid of it.  This weekend course will break the river down into bite size pieces, ensuring that you are comfortable with all the lines.  Don’t let Widow Maker, Santa Claus or the lower race course get the better of you this season.

2018 Course Dates:

  1. April 16,17
  2. May 14,15
  3. June 18,19
    Cost: $140 + GST

Whitewater Kayaking for Intermediates

Got your confidence? Want to step up to the next level of white water challenge? We will hone your skills to become a Grade II/II+ paddler. We will practice our eddy turns, ferries and surfing skills on a local Class II/III run.

Join us for a weekend of whitewater kayaking adventure.

* Transportation is by car pool
** Paddlers should be comfortable on Grade II rivers with a reliable river roll to register for this course.
*** Participants are Responsible for Their Own Equipment (rental discounts are available).

2018 Course dates:

1.  June 16,17
2.  Aug 18,19

Cost: $105.00 + GST

Kayak Rescue

Join us for an evening of rescue.  Here we will focus on throw bag and boat rescues.  Different options for getting a kayak to shore and how to better use your throw bag.

2018 Course Dates:

  1. May 15
  2. June 5

Cost: $65.00+GST


River III Ultimate Step

Creeking FUNdamentals

This 2 day course progresses through the skills required to run Class III/IV whitewater.  Here you will learn how to better identify river features, read the lines, boof, edge control and more.

2018 Course dates:

June 2,3

$195.00 +GST


Kootenay River Adventure

Join us for an overnight adventure on the Kootenay river.  This trip is a quick introduction to the pleasures of a raft supported trip.  All our food and camping gear will be on a raft leaving our kayaks light for the whitewater run.

◦The course fee includes all food

2018 Course dates


Cost: $350.00 + GST