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Who can participate in Adult/Masters training/programs?

Adult/Masters programs are open to paddlers with experience and without experience. Membership is required for Novice, Intermediate & Advanced training sessions. No Membership is required to participate in the Introduction classes.

What skills will be introduced, practiced?

Each of the Adult/Masters Programs follows a set curriculum of skills based on the general ability of the group. Exact progression of skills will vary depending on the focus of the program.


What if the program I want is full?

A maximum number of participants are placed on programs to ensure boat availability, safety, and an optimum coach-athlete experience. If a particular program fills up there could be another day/time option available. We are happy to start waiting lists for programs and as soon as a waiting list grows large enough to start a second class we wil try our best to fit it in (based on coaching and boat availability).

Will I get wet?

This depends on the program. Many of the courses include “dumping” out of the boat to practice self-rescue skills. All paddlers should be ready to swim every time they are on the water.

How do I know if I’m a good enough swimmer?

A good paddler doesn’t need to be a lap swimmer but they do need to be comfortable enough in the water to be safe. If you can roll in off the dock wearing a lifejacket/PFD, then tread water in place for 1 minute, then swim 25 meters you’ll be fine (this is the Lifesaving Society of Canada’s Swim to Survive standard). If you would like to have your swimming ability evaluated before your program starts we can set up a swim test for you by appointment.

What are the requirements for Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)?

A PFD should be worn at all time when paddling. During the summer season, if you are training in a coached session and a safety motorboat is accompanying you then you are not required to wear a PFD. If a safety motorboat is not accompanying you, then:

  • Have a PFD, sound device (e.g. a whistle on a string around your neck) and a bailer, and try to arrange to paddle with a buddy.
  • Wear the PFD if paddling alone. It’s a wise safety precaution, and it’s also the law.
  • A Coast Guard patrol boat will give you a fine of several hundred dollars if you are not wearing your PFD when not accompanied by a safety boat.
  • Return to the clubhouse before closing time. If you are unsure of the closing time then check with a coach or the person on dock duty before embarking from the club. 
Stricter safety rules are enforced during the spring and fall paddling season, due to cold water. Consult with your coach (or the head coach if you are not in a coached program) before embarking on a spring or fall paddling program. Also read the RCC’s Cold Water Paddling manual, available from your coach. 

I have paddled before. How do I know if I meet the prerequisites for a particular program?

Email the club at info@rideaucanoeclub.ca for copies of the prerequisite curriculum. With this information you should be able to do a self-assessment.

What to bring?

  • Paddling clothes that can get wet
  • A water bottle (tap water is available to refill bottles)
  • Nut-free snacks for during or after the program
  • Sun safety gear (wide brimmed hat, sun screen or long sleeves, sun glasses)

What if the weather is bad?

Light rain doesn’t stop Adult/Masters but heavy rain with reduced visability or lightning means everyone gets off the water immediately.


I would like to try a more advanced boat?

Novice and intermediate paddlers should consult with their coach prior to using more advanced boats. Frequent capsizing of high performance boats causes waterlogging and also increases the likelihood of lost hardware.


I am new to weight training. What do i need to know?

Working with free weights is more dangerous and requires more skill than working with weight machines. Yet free weight workouts have their own benefits, and are generally preferred by paddlers.

  • If you do not know how to use free weights, seek the necessary training from your coach
  • It is recommended that you do your weight workouts with a buddy
  • If working out without a buddy, ensure that there is someone else present in the weight room
  • Learn the correct procedures for handling and storing the weights