Saturday, July 8th 5pm – 8pm & Sunday, 9th 2023 9am – 6pm.


Candidates who successfully demonstrate the skills and knowledge presented in the course will receive Standup Paddleboard Skills River 1 Certification with Paddle Canada.

This course will be split into two parts, firstly to assess and work on paddle techniques on flatwater, alongside a gear check, secondly to take those skills onto the river. Part one of the Level 1 River Skills course will be held at Cedar Lake boat launch on the evening of Saturday, July 8th, 5pm till 8pm. We will meet Sunday morning behind Higher Ground Sports for part two of the Level 1 River Skills Sunday, July 9th at 9am.

Before the course starts: It is vital that you complete a waiver form which will be provided to you on the day of the course.


– At least 18 years of age.

– Confident swimmer.

– Ability to have fun.

– Flatwater basic or advanced skills course or experience paddling on flatwater.

This course will be held outside and will be subject to a variety of weather conditions. Please dress according to the weather, we will not be cancelling unless the safety of ourselves or our students may be at risk. If you are unsure how to dress please contact me. You will have to enter/exit/spend time in water so make sure you are comfortable and choose your immersion gear appropriately.

Evacuation Policy:

Occasionally, we need to evacuate a participant from the program due to health or other concerns; in this event, you are responsible for all costs associated with the evacuation. Depending on the urgency of the situation, we will either arrange for transportation through local resources or through the emergency medical service.

Equipment List:

Please bring the following items (of good quality, in good repair and meeting Transport Canada regulations as appropriate) to the on-water sessions:

– River appropriate Stand Up Paddleboard

– Paddle

– Quick-release leash

– PFD (Life Jacket)

– Helmet

– Whistle

– Throw-bag

– Change of clothing, in waterproof container or in take-out vehicle

– Immersion Wear (normally a wetsuit or dry-suit and gloves, etc.) Check the weather forecast.

– Appropriate thermal layers

– Protective footwear appropriate for immersion (sturdy-soled shoes or neoprene booties)

– Sunglasses with strap

– Sun-lotion/Bug-Spray

– Lunch/water/snacks as needed

– Sense of humor

Optional Equipment:

– Waterproof action camera

– First Aid Kit

– Paddling knife

– Knee Pads




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