We offer the widest selection of certification courses and recertification opportunities to meet the needs of professional instructors, club, camp and youth leaders, teachers and recreation skills instructors.  If one of our courses doesn’t match your schedule, contact us and we’ll arrange something just for you.

Canoe Kayak Canada

We offer Canoe Kayak Canada’s  River Kayak Leader 2/Instructor 2 certification.  This nationally recognized kayak certification certifies instructors to lead and teach on a Class II white water setting. Candidates must be able to demonstrate instructor quality paddling, rescue and teaching skills on class II water.  At the completion of the course candidates will be “trained”.  To be “certified” a separate evaluation must take place with an outside evaluator.  This year candidates can be evaluated for free at any of the AWA sponsored events including:

– Three Rivers Rendezvous – Pincher Creek May 21-23

– Paddlefest – Red Deer River July 23,24

2017 Dates:

April 20 (eve), 21 (eve), 22, 23

Kananaskis River

Cost: $299 + GST + $120 membership fee

Pool Instructor

TBA – Call for information

Lake Instructor

TBA – Call for information

Kayak WW Leader 3 /Instructor 3

TBA – Call for informatioin

We can set up a private course for your group.

Call 403-202-8490

Swiftwater Rescue

River travel is inherently dangerous. Each paddler should have the knowledge and skills to respond to rescue situations.

Many paddlers spend years developing their paddling techniques; however, few take the time to build their river rescue skills.

We cover:

Safety, Equipment, Throwbag use, Swimming a rapid, Strong swimmer rescue, Tag line rescue, Foot entrapment, Releasing trapped boats. Certification is offered through either the Life Saving Society or Canoe Kayak Canada. The course fee includes a manual, instruction and group equipment. Participants are responsible for all their personal equipment.  We recommend a wetsuit/dry top combination or a drysuit for the duration of the course as you will be spending lot’s of time in the water.

2017 Course Dates:

Saturday, Sunday

May 6, 7

$245.00 + GST

Plus Certification Fee of $ 60.00

To register with the Life Saving Society you will need a copy of a valid First-Aid Certificate.

* We would be happy to set up a course for your group. Call us today!

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.

2017 Course Dates:

  1. May 10
  2. June 7

$65.00+GST

Canoe Rescue

The aim of this program is to provide a workshop format for canoeists to learn, develop and most of all practice commonly used river rescue skills.  We will be approaching these skills from three typical rescue settings: on shore, in boat, and in the water.  This course is for both tandem and solo canoeists.  We will be conducting this workshop in a class I river setting, as well as on flat water.

2017 Course Dates:

Evenings 6:30-8:30 – Wednesday, Thursday

May 10,11
June 7,8

Pre-requisites: Must have basic river skills (ferries and eddy turns).

$95.00 + GST

* We would be happy to set up a course for your group. Call us today!

Paddle Canada Waterfront Canoeing Instructor

This course is a nationally recognized instructor program start-up for teaching canoeing. It focusses on teaching the more technical skills of water front paddling, both solo and tandem. Teaching, rescues, and paddle skills are evaluated.

For more details, check it out at www.paddlingcanada.ca

2017 Dates:

Saturday, Sunday

1.  June 17, 18

Participants must supply their own equipment and transportation.

Rentals are available, call us!

Cost: $ 195.00 + GST + Paddle Canada membership fee $30 +gst

Paddle Canada Intro Moving Water Instructor Tandem

This nationally recognized certification certifies instructor to teach tandem canoeing on Class I rivers. Candidates must be able to perform tandem maneuvers, such as, eddy turns, ferries and rescues on class I rivers, from both the bow and stern. Teaching skills are also emphasized with practice teaching. For more information on this and other Paddle Canada Programs,  please check out:www.paddlingcanada.com This is a 4 day program.

2017 Dates:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

1.  Re-Cert May 22  $125.00
2. May 19, 20, 21, 22

Cost: $385.00 + GST + PC membership fee $100 +gst

Participants must supply their own equipment and transportation

Rentals are available.

Paddle Canada Intermediate WW Instructor

This nationally recognized certification certifies instructor to teach tandem canoeing on Class II rivers. Candidates must be able to perform tandem maneuvers, such as, eddy turns, ferries and rescues on class II rivers, from both the bow and stern. Teaching skills are also emphasized with practice teaching. For more information on this and other Paddle Canada Programs,  please check out:www.paddlingcanada.com This is a 2 day program.

Pre-requisites:

  1. -PC Advanced WW Canoe Tandem Skills
  2. -PC Intro to WW Canoe Instructor Tandem

2017 Dates:

June 3, 4

Cost: $ 275 + GST + Paddle Canada membership $100 +gst

Rentals are available.