River Touring

SUP Day Touring - Rivers

"A clinic designed to get you into a touring mindset for running easy Class 1 moving waters...”.
Our River SUP Touring Clinic is designed as a way to improve your basic river skills and to get you into a touring mindset for running easy Class 1 moving waters. We’ll introduce you to river paddling risk and hazard evaluation, provide you with tips and tricks for outfitting and packing, and get you thinking about river route planning and decision making. Our 3 to 4 hour river tour will include a review of basic river paddling skills, river reading and safety. Don’t just fumble your way down the river – join us and paddle like a river pro!

Is this the course for you?

Want to strengthen your River SUP skills while gaining invaluable touring experience and knowledge? If you have completed one of our  River SUP skills   programs, or have equivalent training and are pretty comfortable on your board, then our River SUP touring course is for you!

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  • Prerequisites: Sstand up paddlers with some previous river SUP training experience. In order to get the most from our river touring clinic you need to be familiar with eddy turns, the forward ferry and basic self rescue on your SUP board. If you are not already familiar or competent with this set of skills, then check out our River 101 skills program!
  • Includes: 3-4 hours of dryland and on-water instruction from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructors
  • 4 : 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

  • Arrive, unload, meet and greet
  • River SUP Touring safety - board design, equipment and outfitting, group management, communication, self-rescue and towing
  • River SUP Touring Skills - basic River SUP skills review, using the current to your advantage, stroke efficiency and pacing, foot positions, trim and balance, paddling through standing waves, paddling with gear on-board
  • River SUP Touring planning and decision making - risk management, route planning, map navigation, rest stops and leave no trace practices
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

    TBA. We utilize a few different reaches of the Bow River between Canmore and Cochrane, depending on flow and weather conditions - See Map.

    Course start time: 9am at the finalized course put-in location. Please arrive about 30 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.

    We suggest that you bring high energy snacks and drink with you, and a lunch. 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 is a must: as a minimum we recommend a shorty style neoprene wetsuit or one-piece neoprene paddle top combined with neoprene shorts or leggings. And thats for warm weather conditions. See our Gear and Clothing Primer for more information!
    • We recommend going with full on cold water immersion gear so that you “go for it” without the fear of falling in or getting cold! So a drysuit, a 3mm farmer john wetsuit of surf wetsuit would be the best choice!
    • 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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