Whitewater 101

  • Course Price

    $ 145

  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Course Dates

    2019 Dates coming soon!

    Or call us to book your own Whitewater 101 course for you and your SUP friends!!

  • Location

River Play - SUP Whitewater & River Surf Skills

"To have more fun on the river, and to progress into easy whitewater paddling, we have to learn to -play- the river”
Our full day River Play course focuses on honing your fundamental skills while introducing you to advanced skills including wave running, eddy hopping, S-turns, jet ferries, and surfing standing waves!
We spend the morning “playing” hard at a great learning site with advanced skills such as jet ferries and s turns.. After lunch we make our way up the River to do some whitewater running and then close out our day with some river surf fun! A big part of our River Play course is river reading, hazard recognition, and decision making skills. At the end of the day you will be wet! You will be tired! You will have fun! And you will learn a lot, and know more than most river SUP paddlers out there! As always, a key aspect of any river course is safety awareness and self-rescue skills and we address these throughout all aspects of our River Play course.

Is this the course for you?

If you have completed our River 101 course or equivalent then you are ready to take it to the next level on the River Play Course. Combine our River 101 course with the River Play course for a full weekend of River learning and fun!

If you want to really learn how to river paddle - start here with us!

We are please to partner up with Undercurrents in Calgary to bring you our River Play courses on our premier, local, whitewater learning site - the Kananskis River!


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  • Prerequisites: Our River Play course is intended for stand up paddlers with previous experience and who have completed our River 101 course or equivalent.
  • Includes: 6-7 hours of dryland and on-water SUP 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

  • Sunday morning: river features and hydraulics review, safety talk and self rescue, group organization, ferries and eddy turns, s-turns, jet ferries
  • Sunday afternoon: River run! Depending on conditions and group skill, we put together a short river run on the upper Kananaskis where we work hard on more advanced ferries and eddy turns, reading the river and route finding and selection. We wind up at our morning location and finish the day with a river surf session!
  • Lots and lots of practice, feedback and fun throughout!
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

    We will meet Friday evening at the Kananaskis Visitor Center off of Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country. See Map.

    Course start time: TBA. 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. On cool days we especially recommend bringing a thermos with a hot drink.

    You will need a lunch which we will eat at our cars prior to our afternoon river run sessions.

  • 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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