Instruction and Training

Canoe U 2018

Canoe U is our annual collection of whitewater canoe and kayak classes. For 2018 classes begin with an introductory classroom and pool session on May 6 and continue the weekends of May 19-20, plus June 2-3. 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. Pool sessions usually start the last week in November and run most Sundays through the first weekend in April. Cost is $10 per session. Pool dates are on the Events Page.

No pre-registration required. Just show up.

We offer Open Pool sessions, Rolling Clinics and Skills/Safety sessions.

Open Pool

Two hours of time to get more comfortable in your boat, work on stroke technique, rolling, and flatwater freestyle in a warm pool. Informal help, tips, and training available from ACA certified instructors and experienced paddlers. 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.

Third-party Instruction outside the Twin Cities Area

Wausau Whitewater Training Page

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.

Other Web Sites

American Canoe Association Youtube Page

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

Kent Ford 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 is a Minnesota based 501(c)(3) non-profit. We seek to promote the responsible enjoyment of whitewater canoeing and kayaking. We provide American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instruction in techniques and safety and work with local agencies and private concerns to promote river stewardship and ensure the future of whitewater paddle sports in the upper Midwest.