Date(s) - April 28,2019
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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The purpose of the training is three fold:
1) to review basic safety equipment and procedures necessary for whitewater canoeing.
2) to learn and review flat water canoeing for novice and rusty canoeists.
3) to introduce/review basic white water paddle strokes and maneuvers.
With basic skills at least initiated, participants in WW1 and WW2 should be better prepared and progress faster – thereby getting more enjoyment / thrills and whitewater experience from the WW1 and WW2 courses.
Some equipment (canoes, paddles and PFD’s (not many large sizes) will be available but bring your own if you possibly can. Flat water canoes are acceptable for this training but not for WW1 and WW2. As per Coast Guard Requirements canoes must be equipped with signaling device (whistle), painters, bailer and heaving line.
Be sure to dress for the weather (rain, cold, sun, SNOW!) and bring a change of dry clothes in case of tip-overs. Everyone on the water will be required to wear a lifejacket or PFD.
We sure don’t want anyone to fall in the water, but if it happens, you must change to dry, warm clothes quickly. Coaches will direct involuntary swimmers to hold onto their stern or throwbag and get pulled to shore. It is very important NOT to panic; you will be rescued in minutes. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GET INTO ANOTHER CANOE! One canoe over at a time is more than enough.
EACH COMPANY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT PHYSICAL FITNESS INFORMATION FOR EACH PARTICIPANT IS UP TO DATE
Cost: Free, optional $7 cost
Please add your Company’s name, number of participants and contact person/phone/e-mail to the list being circulated at VAF, go to the web site at
register on-line at