"Develop an understanding of how to “read” moving water and use the features of the river environment to get you safely and efficiently to where you want to be. ”
If you are a fairly solid flatwater paddler and have completed one of our Core Skills programs or equivalent then you are ready to get out on the river with your SUP board!
Our River 1 course takes more time than some other courses out there. Why? Because the River is a new environment and it takes time to learn and practice everything you need to know to become a competent river paddler! If you want to really learn how to river paddle - start here with us!
We are pleased to offer some of our River 101 courses in partnership with Undercurrents in Calgary in conjunction with our River Play courses on the same weekend!
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.
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.
We will meet Friday evening at the Rundle Forebay in Canmore at the gravel pullout directly across from the entrance to the Nordic Center. See Map.
Course start time: TBA. Please arrive about 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 no washrooms, or change facilities at the site. The nearest washrooms are across the road at the Nordic center.
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.
We will meet Saturday morning at the Power Plant canal in Canmore below the Reservoir off of Rundle Plant Lane. See Map.