Educational Workshops

Winter Pool Sessions

For all you new and experienced whitewater paddlers, we have rented Albert Campbell CI swimming pool in Scarborough again for winter pool training sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your paddling technique and your roll, or just plain work-out so you're in shape when you hit the spring rivers. OC-1, C-1, or kayaks welcome. I have a few spare boats (open canoe, C-1, and kayak) for newbies or paddlers just wanting to try something different from their usual boat. They're available on a first come; first served basis. If you are having problems with your roll, we can help you. We have 10 rentals of 1.5 hours from Sunday January 8 to Sunday March 12.Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. For just $130 for your share of the rental cost, you can have a whole winter of learning and paddling fun. Please contact me to register as soon as possible as space is limited.

Cheques should be payable to me as I'm paying the rental fee; not the club.

Sorry, but you can't register on-line. You have to contact me personally if you want to join in so I can manage the organization effectively. Thanks.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Albert Campbell Collegiate swimming pool
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 17:30
Registration Cut Off: 
Book as soon as possible as registration is limited.
Event Duration: 
10 Sunday sessions of 1.5 hours ending March 12.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to practice your roll, we recommend you bring your PFD, nose plugs, and goggles or swim mask. A light synthetic top like a rash guard can be good as the water is occasionally a little chilly. You can change in the change rooms, but there is no guard watching your things, so bring them out to the pool deck where they are safe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Pool is just northwest of Finch Avenue & McCowan Road in Scarborough. Get off HWY 401 at McCowan (At Scarborough Town Centre). Drive north on McCowan to Finch, and turn left (west) onto Finch. You'll see Woodside Square Mall with Macdonald's on the northwest corner. Go west one block, and turn right at the lights onto Sandhurst Circle. Go north about 100 meters, and you will see the school on your left. Keep going. The pool is at the north end of the building, where the parking lot is. Park here and carry your boat through the pool doors- super convenient access. Our rental starts at 5:30 pm, but normally the staff will let us in around ten minutes early, so you can get changed and ready to hop in your boat right at 5:30.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Paddle the Don River – Training/information session

Paddle the Don River – Training/information session – April 21, 20106

TRCA will be holding a volunteer training day on April 21st at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M2N 5V7 (Yonge Street north of Sheppard Avenue), from 6:30-8:00pm in Committee Room 1. At this training we are going to be going over:
• what happens at the event,
• safety procedures,
• general volunteer roles,
• and AODA training (we will do this at the end, so if you have already done it, you won't have to do it again).
This will be a great time to meet the other volunteers and get a good sense for the event. If you can't make it to this meeting that is OK too, we are going to give everyone a briefing the day of the event.

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Thank you Gary James and Mary Perkins

The Basics
Event Location: 
see above
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 18:30
Event Duration: 
see above
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members who will be weir watchers
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

pen and paper

Recommended Items to Bring: 

snacks

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

see above

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James and Mary Perkins
Phone: 
416-512-6690 and 1-905-725-2874

Paddle the Don River Hip Wader Training Update 2/19

Paddle the Don River – Hip-wader training

The TRCA would like to have “hip-waders in water” training session. This will be split between the Scouts and WCA members. It is a four hour session with two hours in a classroom and two hours in a pool. The Hip-waders will be supplied for the training and for the Paddle the Don event. However, taking this training does not mean you will be using hip waders at Paddle the Don.
IMPORTANT: I would like to open this up first to WCA members who WILL commit to be a weir watcher at Paddle the Don and willing be in the water assisting the public. If there is space to fill then other members can sign-up. NOTE: This consists of two 2-hour sessions in two different but nearby locations.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Part 1: 3 - 5 pm, Dry-land session, Malvern Rec Centre, 30 Sewells Rd., Scarborough. Part 2: 5-7 pm, Water Sesssion Lester B Pearson Pool,150 Tapscott Rd., Scarborough
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 15:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Feb. 25 or when full
Event Duration: 
four hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members who will be weir watchers and in the water
Maximum Group Size: 
20
Minimum Group Size: 
20
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

PFD, bathing suit. pen and paper

Recommended Items to Bring: 

bathing suit, camera, snacks

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Malvern Rec Centre is north of Shepherd, East of Neilson. To get to the pool, go west towards Neilson, across Neilson on to Tapscott and left on Washburn; pool is on right.

Carpool Info: 

no cars in the pool

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please don't
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James and Mary Perkins
Phone: 
416-512-6690 and 1-905-725-2874

Winter Pool Sessions

For all you new and experienced whitewater paddlers, we have rented Albert Campbell CI swimming pool in Scarborough again for winter pool training sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your paddling technique and your roll, or just plain work-out so you're in shape when you hit the spring rivers. OC-1, C-1, or kayaks welcome. I have a few spare boats (open canoe, C-1, and kayak) for newbies or paddlers just wanting to try something different from their usual boat. They're available on a first come; first served basis. If you are having problems with your roll, we can help you. We have 10 rentals of 1.5 hours from Sunday January 10 to Sunday March 13.Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. For just $130 for your share of the rental cost, you can have a whole winter of learning and paddling fun. Please contact me to register as soon as possible as space is limited.

Cheques should be payable to me as I'm paying the rental fee; not the club.

Sorry, but you can't register on-line. You have to contact me personally if you want to join in so I can manage the organization effectively. Thanks.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Albert Campbell Collegiate swimming pool
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 17:30
Registration Cut Off: 
Book as soon as possible as registration is limited.
Event Duration: 
10 Sunday sessions of 1.5 hours ending March 13.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to practice your roll, we recommend you bring your PFD, nose plugs, and goggles or swim mask. A light synthetic top like a rash guard can be good as the water is occasionally a little chilly. You can change in the change rooms, but there is no guard watching your things, so bring them out to the pool deck where they are safe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Pool is just northwest of Finch Avenue & McCowan Road in Scarborough. Get off HWY 401 at McCowan (At Scarborough Town Centre). Drive north on McCowan to Finch, and turn left (west) onto Finch. You'll see Woodside Square Mall with Macdonald's on the northwest corner. Go west one block, and turn right at the lights onto Sandhurst Circle. Go north about 100 meters, and you will see the school on your left. Keep going. The pool is at the north end of the building, where the parking lot is. Park here and carry your boat through the pool doors- super convenient access. Our rental starts at 5:30 pm, but normally the staff will let us in around ten minutes early, so you can get changed and ready to hop in your boat right at 5:30.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Winter Pool Training Sessions

For all you new and experienced whitewater paddlers, we have rented Albert Campbell CI swimming pool in Scarborough again for winter pool training sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your paddling technique and your roll, or just plain work-out so you're in shape when you hit the spring rivers. OC-1, C-1, or kayaks welcome. I have a few spare boats (open canoe, C-1, and kayak) for newbies or paddlers just wanting to try something different from their usual boat. They're available on a first come; first served basis. If you are having problems with your roll, we can help you. We have 10 rentals of 1.5 hours from Sunday January 4 to Sunday March 8.Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. For just $110 for your share of the rental cost, you can have a whole winter of learning and paddling fun. Please contact me to register as soon as possible as space is limited.

Cheques should be payable to me as I'm paying the rental fee; not the club.

Sorry, but you can't register on-line. You have to contact me personally if you want to join in so I can manage the organization effectively. Thanks.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Albert Campbell Collegiate swimming pool
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 17:30
Registration Cut Off: 
Book as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
Event Duration: 
Ten sessions of 1.5 hours each.
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Itinerary
Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to practice your roll, we recommend you bring your PFD, nose plugs, and goggles or swim mask. A light synthetic top like a rash guard can be good as the water is occasionally a little chilly. You can change in the change rooms, but there is not guard watching your things, so bring them out to the pool deck where they are safe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Pool is just northwest of Finch & McCowan in Scarborough. Get off HWY 401 at McCowan (At Scarborough Town Centre). Drive north up McCowan to Finch, and turn left onto Finch. You'll see Woodside Square Mall with Macdonald's on the northwest corner. Go west one block, and turn right at the lights onto Sandhurst Circle. Go north about 100 metres, and you will see the school on your left. Keep going. The pool is at the north end of the building, where the parking lot is. Park here and carry your boat through the pool doors- super convenient access. Our rental starts at 5:30 pm, but normally the staff will let us in around ten minutes early, so you can get changed and ready to hop in your boat right at 5:30.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Intro to WW

It’s National Paddling Week – let’s get out there and try something different!
If you’re curious about learning to paddle in whitewater but aren’t yet ready to commit to a full certification course, try this for a start. ORCA instructor Garry Almond and I will demonstrate the basic moves on an uncomplicated section of the Credit River. No fear, just fun and learning. Helmets and water shoes mandatory. Whitewater boat recommended. (WW canoe rental one day: MEC $40, Complete Paddler $45)
Limit 10 participants, tandem or solo. This is a shared clinic with OCEY members.
Level: Beginner-Novice whitewater
Cost: $20 instruction fee for Garry; Karonne strictly volunteer.
Contact: Karonne Lansel 416-777-9459 or karonne.lansel@cbc.ca (preferred)

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River, details to follow
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 10
Event Duration: 
10am to 4pm
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Karonne Lansel
Phone: 
416-777-9459

Intermediate Whitewater Clinic

This is the sixteenth year of our clinic, which is designed to help improve your basic skills. We will paddle the Lower Mad on Saturday and practice our basic skills at Palmers Rapids on Sunday. The emphasis will be on front ferries, eddy-outs, and peel-outs. Your paddle strokes will be critiqued. You will also have an opportunity to practice self-rescue techniques. Open to properly fitted solo and tandem canoes. Tandem boats must have centre air bags. Wetsuits or drysuits will be needed. We will camp at our cottage.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Madawaska River, Palmer Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 25, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 18, 2013
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will paddle the Lower Mad from Aumond's Bay to Buck Bay on Saturday, and then practice our basic skills at Palmers Rapids on Sunday.

Required Items to Bring: 

Drysuit/Wetsuit. Full flotation for boat.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Winter Pool Sessions

For all you new and experienced whitewater paddlers have rented Albert Campbell CI swimming pool in Scarborough again for winter pool training sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your paddling technique and your roll, or just plain work-out so you're in shape when you hit the spring rivers. OC-1, C-1, or kayaks welcome. I have a few spare boats (open canoe, C-1, and kayak) for newbies or paddlers just wanting to try something different from their usual boat. They're available on a first come; first served basis. If you are having problems with your roll, we can help you. We have 10 rentals of 1.5 hours from Sunday January 6 to Sunday March 10. For just $110 for your share of the rental cost, you can have a whole winter of learning and paddling fun. Please contact me personally to register as soon as possible as space is limited.

Cheques should be payable to me as I'm paying the rental fee; not the club.

Sorry, but you can't register on-line. You have to contact me personally if you want to join in so I can do the organization effectively.

Thanks.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Albert Campbell Collegiate swimming pool
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 17:00
Event Duration: 
Ten Sunday pool sessions going to March 10.
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Pool is just northwest of Finch & McCowan in Scarborough. Get off HWY 401 at McCowan (At Scarborough Town Centre). Drive north up McCowan to Finch, and turn left onto Finch. You'll see Woodside Square Mall with Macdonald's on the northwest corner. Go west one block, and turn right at the lights onto Sandhurst Circle. Go north about 100 metres, and you will see the school on your left. Keep going. The pool is at the north end of the building, where the parking lot is. Park here and carry your boat through the pool doors- super convenient access. Our rental starts at 5 pm, but normally the staff will let us in around 4:50, so you can get changed and ready to hop in your boat right at 5:00.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to practice your roll, we recommend you bring your PFD, nose plugs, and goggles or swim mask. A light synthetic top like a rash guard can be good as the water is occasionally a little chilly. You can change in the change rooms, but there is not guard watching your things, so bring them out to the pool deck where they are safe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See above.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Intermediate Whitewater Clinic

John & Sharon Hackert, jhackert@sympatico.ca ----- Book before May 20. This is the fifteenth year of our clinic, which is designed to help improve your basic skills. We will paddle the Lower Mad on Saturday and practice our basic skills at Palmers Rapids on Sunday. The emphasis will be on front ferries, eddy-outs, and peel-outs. Your paddle strokes will be critiqued. You will also have an opportunity to practice self-rescue techniques. Open to properly fitted solo and tandem canoes. Tandem boats must have centre air bags. Wetsuits or drysuits will be needed. We will camp at our cottage.
If spring water levels are lower than normal, we may have to move the date forward to May 12-13. Pray for rain.
OUTING SHOWS CLOSED AS SELF-REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE. Email us directly to register.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Madawaska River, Palmer Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 26, 2012 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 19
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will paddle the Lower Mad from Aumond's Bay to Buck Bay on Saturday, and then practice our basic skills at Palmers Rapids on Sunday.

Required Items to Bring: 

Drysuit/Wetsuit. Full flotation for boat.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Palmer River Fest 20-21 May

In keeping with a 10 year tradition of a unique and accessible river festival at Palmer Rapids, Paddler Co-op and the Wilderness Canoe Association are hosting an event for all paddlers – canoe and kayak, new paddlers, experienced boaters and everything in between. Join us on the May Long Weekend for high quality instruction, music, good food and great paddling atmosphere.   

  • family friendly event with kids programs and daycare available
  • high quality instructional clinics
  • Music – Saturday evening
  • Films – Friday & Saturday evening
  • Yoga – Sunday morning
  • BBQ dinner – Saturday evening  (available, not included)
  • BBQ lunches (available, not included)
  • Boat demos
  • Paddling industry exhibitors
$95/adult (18+) $45/youth (6-17)

Register online starting February 21 at www.paddlerco-op.com

The Basics
Event Location: 
Paddler Co-Op, 6535 Palmer Road Palmer Rapids, ON K0J 2E0
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 21, 2011 (All day)
Event Duration: 
2 Days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone - novice to expert, canoe & kayak
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Be prepared for any weather!

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Please check Paddler Co-Op website for map and directions

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jodie Campbell
Phone: 
1-888-233-3929
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