Instruction and Training

Canoe U 2017

Canoe U is our annual collection of whitewater canoe and kayak classes. For 2017 classes begin with an introductory classroom and pool session on May 7 and continue the weekends of May 20-21, plus June 3-4. We offer training in basic river running and intermediate whitewater paddling. Whether you canoe or kayak, have never been in a boat or have paddled for years there is something for you.

To learn more about Canoe U and the courses offered click here.

Thinking about becoming a paddling instructor? Learn about Rapids Rider's ACA Instructor Certification — Scholarship Program.

Winter Pool Sessions

Winter is the perfect time to improve existing skills and learn new skills and concepts. Every year we offer opportunities for skill development. Cost is $10 per session or $130 for the season. The cost to Rapids Riders for pool rental is $140 a night. The club usually breaks even or is behind by the end of the year. Pool dates are on the Events Page.

Typically these start the last week in November and run most Sundays through the first weekend in April.

No pre-registration required. Just show up.

We have unorganized "Open" pool sessions as well as the occasional structured "Skill" session as described below.

Open Pool

Two hours of unstructured time to get more comfortable in your boat, work on your roll, try new tricks in a warm pool, or just sit and talk (it's your time). Informal help and tips often available from experienced paddlers, just ask. Bring your own boat and gear.

Kayak Skills

Learn skills, concepts, and get a paddling workout in the middle of Minnesota's winter! Structured skill sessions for people who already know how to paddle. Paddlers of ALL skill levels can learn from these sessions. Bring your boat and paddling gear (including helmet).

Dates are found on (you guessed it) the Events Page. $10 each session.

Canoe Skills

Like all pool sessions the cost is $10. Check out the Events Page to find out if/when one of these is scheduled.

Canoe and Kayak Rolling

You don't need a roll to paddle a boat, but it sure makes it a lot more fun and safe. Learn to roll your canoe or kayak. This is great for paddlers with no roll and for those who would like to improve their roll. Maybe you want to add an off-side or had roll to your skill-set. Low student to instructor ratio. Bring your boat and paddling gear (including helmet). Nose plugs highly recommended. Cost is $10. When one of these gets scheduled you'll find out about it on the Events Page.

Schools

Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort Located near White Lake Wisconsin, this is a great place to begin paddling or hone your skills.

Kayak and Canoe Institute The institute is part of the University of Minnesota Duluth Outdoor Program.

Web Sites

Bob Foote Techniques Bob is one of the best instructors in whitewater paddling.

Kent Ford's Kent is a long time instructor, video producer and all around great boater. He has put together an amazing paddling resource with this eSchool.

Rapids Riders seeks to promote the responsible enjoyment of whitewater canoeing and kayaking. We provide American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instruction in techniques and safety; coordinate informational activities and competitions; work with local agencies and private concerns to promote river stewardship and ensure the future of whitewater paddle sports in the upper Midwest.