Educational Workshops

Intermediate Whitewater Clinic

John & Sharon Hackert, 416-438-7672, jhackert@sympatico.ca ----- Book before April 18. This is the fourteenth 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: 
Madawaska River, Palmer Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 28, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 18
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Winter Pool Sessions

We are organizing winter pool sessions for whitewater canoes & kayaks at a pool in the west end of Toronto in the Islington Avenue and Lakeshore area beginning the second week of January, 2011 and running till the middle of March. These will be on Sundays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Please contact the organizers directly for costs & other details. Book as soon as possible.
Peter Jaspert, 905-278-1949, or fretype@sympatico.ca. Steve Lukasko, 905-276-8285

The Basics
Event Location: 
Toronto west end
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 16, 2011 (All day)
Event Duration: 
Mid-January to mid-March
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Peter Jaspert
Phone: 
905-278-1949

CANCELLED!!! Wilderness First Aid - WFA at Palmer Rapids 19-20 June

We didn't meet minimum participant requirement. To be rescheduled later this summer. This course offers a great opportunity to combine learning WFA skills and paddling on the same weekend! Very popular in the past, we expect that this course will fill quickly so act now! To register, simply click on the "Sign Up" button at the bottom of this page. Course fee is $175.00 + $8.75 gst (after 01 July, you will pay additional 8% for HST). Payment by cheque or credit card to Paddler Co-Op, 6535 Palmer Road, Palmer Rapids, ON, K0J 2E0.

Full payment is required to confirm your space. Payment deadline 15 June.

Camping: available at $8 per person per night. 

Lee Chantrell is a Paramedic with a wealth of experience in outdoor leadership and managing risk in remote wilderness environments. A former expedition leader in Nepal and the Alps, a river operations manager on the Ottawa River, and more recently a practicing Advanced Care Paramedic, Lee integrates his teaching expertise with practical medical training and well-honed incident management skills. Lee is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, with his Outdoor Emergency Medicine program being endorsed by both the National Safety Council and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. Lee is a passionate instructor and certified educator who brings a professional, practical approach to the wilderness first aid training.
The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 19, 2010 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
06/15/2010
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
12
Minimum Group Size: 
8
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Schedule 19 June

08:00 – 08:30 Meet & Greet
09:00 – 12:00 Course
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break (each participant will bring their own)
14:00 – 16:00 Course
20:00 – 21:00 Slide/PowerPoint presentation on wounds-related topic

Schedule 20 June

08:00 – 12:00 Course
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break (each participant will bring their own)
14:00 – 16:00 Course

Required Items to Bring: 

Meals:
Course participants are responsible for their own meals, snacks and drinks.
Hometown Restaurant (613-758-2161) offers simple fare at a reasonable price.
Hanna’s Foodmart (613-758-2177) is a local general store in Palmer Rapids. Great butter tarts & date squares!

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Clothing:
Always wear comfortable clothing. Part of the training will be conducted outside, so bring warm clothes in case of cold weather.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

For directions, please check instructions at Paddler Co-Op website www.paddlerco-op.com

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Due to the high popularity of this course and limited space, a deadline for cancelling is 06 June.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jodi or Carly at Paddler Co-Op
Phone: 
1-888-233-3929

WHITEWATER SKILLS BUILDING WEEKEND ---- REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLINIC IS FULL

Book as soon as possible. This is a four day workshop on the Madawaska River for novice to budding intermediate whitewater paddlers.

We will focus on the basics of moving water boat control and maneuvers, water reading, and safety. Both tandem and solo paddlers are welcome.

The weekend will be spent at Palmer Rapids and on the Snake Rapids section of the Madawaska River, one hour northeast of Bancroft. The location offers some of the best novice to intermediate whitewater in Southern Ontario. In order to be able to work closely with participants, registration is limited to 6 boats.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
Registration is now full. No further participants can be accepted.
Event Duration: 
4 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice

RIVER SAFETY & RESCUE FOR TRIPPERS

Contact me as soon as possible. We planning a river safety and rescue course with Paddler Co-op on August 7 - 8.

The course will specifically focus on the needs of paddlers who must deal with problems in remote locations with limited equipment. We think it will provide valuable skills and greater self-confidence for both trippers and playboaters.

This is a paid, professionally taught course. Amount including tax will be approximately $200. (P. S. This is a great opportunity for our WCA trip organizers to take advantage of their club educational credits!)

The Basics
Event Location: 
Paddler Co-op, Palmer Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 7, 2010 (All day)
Event Duration: 
2 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All Paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
no maximum
Minimum Group Size: 
6 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Aug 7 - 8, 2010

Course Content to include:
-reading whitewater and river morphology
-crisis management
-safety equipment
-signals
-scouting
-swimming in whitewater
-rescuing
-wading
-thowbagging
-rope work

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sara Rykov
Phone: 
416-588-8246

WILDERNESS CANOE SYMPOSIUM

Get rid of the mid-winter blahs and prepare for the next paddling season by joining fellow WCA members and paddlers from across the continent for George Luste’s 24th annual Wilderness and Canoeing Symposium at Monarch Park Collegiate in Toronto. See full information elsewhere in this issue, or on our website at www.wcsymposium.com

The Basics
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 16:07
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
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