Fundamentals

Wahines Weekend Series

  • Course Price

    $ 295

  • Duration

    4x 3 hours

    12 hours over 4 weeks
  • Course dates

    4 Consequetive weekends:
    Saturday June24 2017 9-1pm
    Sunday July 2 2017 9am-1pm
    Saturday July 8 2017 9am-1pm
    Sunday July 16 2017 9am-1pm

    August/September Dates TBA
  • Location

    Various Locations (Map)

    Canmore, Kananaskis & Banff

Core SUP Skills – Wahines (Ladies) Weekend Series

"Our SUP fundamentals courses are designed to provide you with the complete set of stand up paddle skills which lie at the core of all stand up paddling disciplines. - And this one is just for the ladies!”

“Wahine” is the Hawaiian and Māori word for woman and is often used to refer to a female surfer. Our women’s-only Wahines Weekend Series takes place over 4 consecutive summer weekend mornings. We cover the full range of core stand up paddle skills but also combine the instructional sessions with short tours where we put those new skills into action. Each week is at a different beautiful mountain lake adding to the adventure and camaraderie and giving you experience with different paddling locations.

Just like our full day course, our Wahines Weekend Series is designed to provide you with the complete slate of skills that lie at the core of all stand up paddling disciplines. But we also guide you through the experience of planning and managing your own stand up paddle day tours on our inland waters. It’s a great way to learn, meet some great new SUP paddling friends, and put your new knowledge into action on your own stand up paddle adventures between learning sessions.

Is this the course for you?

The Wahines Weekend Series is a women’s-only course intended for those stand up paddlers with some previous experience who have taken our SUP Primer or another introductory course and want to enhance their skills a bit at a time over several weeks.

You should be familiar with launching and landing your board, paddling from a stand up position, able to paddle in a straight line, and able to turn and redirect your board to where you want to go.

More Detail...

  • Prerequisites:The Wahines Weekend Series is intended for those stand up paddlers with some previous experience. You should be familiar with launching and landing your board, paddling from a stand up position, able to paddle in a straight line, and able to turn and redirect your board to where you want to go.
  • Includes:Includes: 3-4 hours per week of dryland and on-water SUP instruction from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructors
  • 5: 1 Student to Instructor ratio: giving you the best in personalized instruction and feedback
  • All technical paddling gear: please see our Gear and Clothing tab.

Please note that the course does not include personal clothing or gear, food, or travel – please see our Gear and Clothing tab.

Course Cancellation: It is rare that we cancel a session due to weather considerations however we will do so if, in our judgement, the conditions are dangerous or are likely to present a poor learning environment.

Course Agenda and Curriculum

  • Session 1 - forward stroke fundamentals, efficient turning and redirection using sweeps and draws, day touring preparation; clothing, gear, board outfitting
  • Session 2 - moving around on the board, paddle bracing, running turns; maps, charts and navigation
  • Session 3 - advanced forward stroke techniques, pivot turns, route planning and on-water adjustments, weather and water conditions
  • Session 4 – wind and waves, downwind paddling, self-rescue and towing technique
Attention: Although we do our best to work through all course content, please note that logistics, location, timing, itinerary or anything else, may be adjusted by your instructor to ensure group safety, comfort and success, over the duration of the course.

  • Location & Logistics

    Course Locations: TBA. We will meet at a different location each week depending on weather and water conditions. Potential locations include Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes, Barrier Lake, Goat Pond, or Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, or Bow Lake in Banff National Park. See Map.

    Course start time: We will begin the course at 9am at the course put-in locations each week and finish between Noon and 1 pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you are unloaded, changed and ready to begin at the start time. Arriving late will cut into your instructional time and that of others on the course.

    Please note that there are limited washrooms, or change facilities at most sites.

    We suggest that you bring high energy snacks and drink with you. On cool days we especially recommend bringing a thermos with a hot drink.

  • Gear & Clothing

    We provide the technical paddling gear that you will need appropriate to the course as part of your course costs:

    • Brand name paddleboards by Badfish, Boardworks, Red Paddle
    • Adjustable paddle, leash, lifejacket, signal whistle, throwbag.
    • You are welcome to bring and learn on your own paddling gear if you have it. (Please note course fees remain the same.)

    You will need to bring your own personal gear and clothing for the session:

    • Cold water immersion clothing for early season and cool conditions: as a minimum we recommend a shorty style neoprene wetsuit or one-piece neoprene paddle top. See our Gear and Clothing Primer for more information!
    • For warmer season/conditions: quick-dry or warm-when-wet outdoor athletic gear. Think paddle tops, rashguards, breathable hiking layers, merino wool, boardshorts ,athletic swimwear.
    • Insulating layers, weatherproof shell layers
    • Towel and warm, dry change of clothes (just in case!)
    • Secure protective footwear such as water shoes, paddle shoes, neoprene paddle/surf booties or sport sandals.
    • Headwear: sun hat, toque (warm hat), sunglasses with straps
    • Any personal first aid, medications, sunscreen etc
    • Waterproof and floatable camera
    • High energy snacks, drinking water.

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