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 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.
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.
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.