Club Programs Calendar

"zero to hero" five day introductory whitewater kayaking course



Five day progressive course. Based in the Bow valley and Kananaskis areas. Aimed at beginners. ages 16 and up.
Water confidence is a must and the open-ness to have a surprise entry to cold water is desirable.
Are you a Beginner paddler? Have you never tried yet always fancied it? Do you have a lust for adventure that can be suppressed no longer? Welcome to the Bow Valley Kayak club's "zero to hero" introductory whitewater course.
The zero to hero program is a five day program designed to get you from having never sat in a boat; to navigating Whitewater rapids with style. Over five days we will learn all the necessary skills to enter the world of Whitewater paddle sports. This will include equipment, weather, water levels, paddling technique, decision making, navigating obstacles and rapids, and ultimately having the best times making great friends in some of the most picturesque landscapes on the planet.
For anything you need at all please get in touch!
You can call Robbie on (587) 585-8711
Or email us at [email protected]

Day 1: intros, equipment familiarisation and fitting, flat water session with wet exits.
Day 2: consolidate flat water skills and introduce moving water principles. Learn basics of starting and stopping on a river. moving around the river safely, wet exits in moving water, safe swimming practices, how to perform rescues.
Day 3: River trip on easier stretch bow river utlising and adapting skills acquired.
Day 4: longer river trip. packing lunch and cameras! (ideally banff-canmore). consolidating and refining skills, learning how to read and move down river as the lead boater.
Day 5: Kananaskis River! Challenge our skills on our first whitewater river!
Pre-requirement: Absolutely none!
Venue: flat water, grade 1 – 2
Lakes surrounding Canmore
Bow river
Kananaskis river

Available Session Dates

Session Name Spots Remaining Register
Monday July 29th - Friday August 2nd 4 Spots