Bow Valley Kayak Club

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Adult Programs


Adult Beginner Programs (suggest 18+, exceptions can be made)

Learn the basics of whitewater paddling in a safe and fun environment with the Bow Valley Kayak Club. You will meet new friends and learn how to navigate Class II rivers. 

Beginner programs are 3 days, starting Friday night at a pool session and ending with a lower Kananskis river run.

Dates: July 7-9

Cost: $180 per person

Program requires 4 participants to run.

Register here 

Includes: 15 Hours of certified training, BVKC Membership,  Kayak gear rental (Boat, Paddle, Spray Deck, PFD, Helmet, Wetsuit, Splashtop)

You need to provide: You bring your own water shoes/booties or sandals (mandatory for river runs), bathing suit, long sleeve underlayer (non cotton), Fleece long sleeve thermal layer, lunch & water for the day, sunscreen, and a smile!

Program Details:

Day 1,  Friday evening will be spent in Elevation Place pool building confidence in the boats, learning how to 'wet exit' (get out of an upside down boat safely), progress towards t-rescueing and if time permits we may even introduce some paddle strokes and concepts related to rolling. This session is jammed full of valuable skills and information for our following 2 days on the river!
Day 2, Quarry Lake and Rundle Channel: Your instructors will introduce the fundamental flatwater strokes required to be successful at river kayaking. We will be taking our new found skills to some slow moving water where you will learn vital skills such as eddy turns, ferries and maybe even practice your t-rescues in the current. Today is the foundation for Sundays river running day!
Day 3, River Run: This day will be spent applying all the skills from the past 2 sessions to a fun Class II section of whitewater.  For this session you will have the opportunity to run some fun, bouncy rapids, test the skills you have learned on some faster moving water and most importantly have fun out on the river. A great day that incorporates a good balance of river running, rapids, river safety training and skill development.

Adult 'After the Beginner Course' River Days

Sunday July 16, 2017

Saturday Aug 12, 2017

$75 per session if you register by July 10th, $95 after July 11th.

These single day sessions are designed for adults who've taken a beginner program and want to continue to work on their skills.

These sessions are full day instructional river sessions. Kayaking gear is provided. Participants must have taken a beginner program or have similar experience (at least two days in a hard kayak on moving water).

Program requires 4 participants to run.


Spring Tune-Up Program 2017

The Club will be offering another Kananaskis Evening Adult program this year. It will run on Monday evenings, and will be similar to last year in that the May program will be for Novice paddlers and the June program for intermediate paddlers. 

The hope is that paddlers who have already taken a beginner course can progress through the Novice program and into the Intermediate program. 

The sessions will also be open for 'single night' registrations for paddlers who aren't able to commit to the full program or who just want a single session to 'knock the rust off'. 

There will be a MAXIMUM of 6 participants per session so sign up now to avoid dissapointment. 

Each session costs $50. Save 10% by signing up for an entire month's program.

Adult Intermediate Instructional Evenings 

Mondays June 5,12,19,26, 2017

**NEW session added Mon July 3 2017**

These sessions will take place on the Kananaskis River. The goal of these sessions is to work on the river skills necessary for the Upper Kananaskis River. More experienced paddlers are welcome to come and 'knock the rust off' :)

Meet at 6:15 pm in the Canoe Meadows parking lot if you have your own gear, or 5:15 pm at the trailer in Canmore.

Paddlers participating in these sessions need to meet the following requirements:

  • you are comfortable with eddy turns and ferrying on level II rivers (such as the Lower Kan)
  • you have at least some experience with rolling in the river 
  • you are comfortable on level II rivers and are willing to paddle the Upper Kananaskis

The program registration can be found here: