Bow Valley Kayak Club

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Adult Programs

Former Coach Bryce Shaw!

Improvers Course:

For the grade 2 paddler. This is a bread and butter course if you are paddling and enjoying grade 2 white water (Kananaskis or red deer for example).

The coaching will be specific to the Individual and the skills worked on will be dictated by you. What do you want to Improve? Do you want to move around the river with less effort? Do you want to learn to surf? Do you want to get better in your little/play boat? Do you want to start looking at boofing? Are we thinking about some tricks/freestyle on the river? Getting better at rescues? More rope work? Safer swimming? 

There is no limit to what we can work on in this course.


As well as general improvement we will take a more in-depth look at Whitewater safety and rescue skills, strong decision making, and safe swimming. 

Whitewater masterclass:

The whitewater masterclass is done on grade 3 whitewater. It is a great course for stepping up and improving those skills we practice on grade 2. Reading the water, teamwork, knowing before you're going, planned, precise paddling, and really breaking down rapids, are what will be coached in this course.

Zero to Hero:

Are you a Beginner kayaker? Have you never tried yet always fancied it? Do you have a lust for adventure that can be suppressed no longer? The zero to hero program is a four-week program designed to get you from having never sat in a boat; to sending it down Whitewater rapids with style. Over four days/sessions you will learn all the necessary skills to enter the world of Whitewater paddle sports. This will include equipment, weather, water levels, basic paddling technique, decision making, navigating obstacles and rapids, and ultimately having the best times making great friends in some of the most picturesque landscapes on the planet.

Surf n freestyle:

This course is for those looking to take steps into the world of playboats, surfing, and turning the river features into a playground. During the course you will learn how to identify the hazards involved in using river features and how to manage yourself and your group to keep everyone safe whilst playing. You will be introduced to more advanced boat control and a more detailed approach to how your boat, body, and blade can be used to create a slice of the magic we see the professionals do. 

For successful participation in this course we must have grade 2 experience and be happy with swimming and self rescue (the need to roll, although very helpful, is not necessary.) 

Make a splash:
flat water course specifically constructed for children aged 7 to 11. we will explore many different venues and learn games and paddling techniques in a fun safe environment. Great fun, new friends, and getting stoked on kayaking are what the course is all about.