Basic Paddlers

The Basics

The lakewater tandem course consists of one evening lecture and two days on the water. Tandem means two people paddling the canoe. You’ll learn skills to keep you safe and manoeuvres to reduce muscle strain, all designed to make your canoeing fun. This course is for you if you want to go on day or overnight trips on flatwater, or are interested in advancing to river canoeing. There are no prerequisites. In addition, all our instructors are certified by the Recreational Canoeing Association of BC (RCABC).

You’ll learn how to:

  • Canoe safely
  • Paddle in a straight line using a J-stroke
  • Carry, launch and land a canoe
  • Choose paddles, personal floatation devices (PFDs), etc.
  • Go forward, stop and reverse
  • Store and waterproof gear
  • Identify canoe types
  • Make basic turns
  • Perform canoe-over-canoe rescues
  • Get back into a boat during a rescue
  • Handle waves and wind
  • Manoeuvre with sideslips and spins
  • Prevent and treat hyper and hypothermia
  • Transport your boat on a car
  • Dress appropriately for BC waters

Open to

  • Every adult  Club Member of the Beaver Canoe Club
  • Including Juniors (under 19) by application

Join the Club

  • Adults: $25
  • Juniors (under 19) $6

Register for Course

Email Training Director after April 1 to register for the course.

Canoe Rentals

Rent boats, PFDs, etc. from Middleton’s Boats or call 604-240-0503

Need a Partner?

We will help pair you up if you do not have a partner.