River Schools and Camps

Ultimate River Schools – Paddle Like a River Pro!

“If you want to really learn how to river paddle – our Ultimate River Schools are, well… the ultimate!”
Wanna paddle like a River SUP Pro? We bring together some of the best in the business for our Ultimate River Schools – combining River SUP paddling skills, river safety and Whitewater running  into one intensive, rewarding and fun multi-day training session!
We start with basic river SUP skills development, transition into river SUP safety and self rescues skills designed specifically for SUP paddlers, and then move back into advanced skills including running whitewater and river surfing! 
Your Instructor Team led by Neil Gilson, Paddle Canada River SUP Instructor Trainer with 30 plus years of river paddling and instructor experience. 

Is this the course for you?

If you want to run technical whitewater on your SUP board, take your skills to the highest level, or develop the skills to guide other paddlers on the river then our Ultimate River Schools are definitely for you! You have to have solid flatwater skills, or to have taken some basic river training previously. You need to be in good physical condition, prepared for a lot of paddling, instruction, feedback, long days and FUN!

If you want to really learn how to river paddle - the Ultimate River School is, well... the ultimate!

More Detail...

  • Prerequisites:The Ultimate River School is for paddlers who have solid advanced flatwater SUP skills, and are very comfortable on their boards. A previous River SUP course would be an advantage.
  • Includes: multi-day, 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

  • Details to come… stay tuned!
  • 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

    TBA. 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.

  • 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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