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ORCKA Moving Water Level 2

PaddleFoot’s moving water level 2 courses are taught in tandem canoes. Moving Water Level 2 represents skill development within the Moving Water discipline and provides the candidate with the opportunity to improve his/her moving water skills under more challenging Class II-III water (rapids). Canoeists taking this course should have considerable paddling experience beyond the Moving Water Level 1 Course.The courses take place from the PaddleFoot’s MuskokaBasecamp. Course material is taught on the Gull River and includes all specialized equipment, though you are welcome to bring your own gear if you choose.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Canoeing Safety: Swimming a rapid, Retrieving a swamped canoe, Canoe rescues and River Communications.
    Canoeing Theory: Canoeing history, Canoe design and construction, Paddler dynamics, River reading and River difficulty.
    Canoeing Skills: Review of previous skill items, Eddy Turn, Peel Out, S turn, Front ferry, Back ferry, Jet ferry, Side slip and Front surf

Successful participants receive Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association Moving Water Level 2A , a certification recognized across Canada and in many other paddling communities.

PaddleFoot provides all the necessary equipment for instruction, such as paddles, Pfd’s, all safety equipment, and of course, canoes. Participants are encouraged to bring their own paddles and Pfd’s, and any other river equipment they may wish. Participants should also bring extra warm and dry clothes, and quick drying gear for the times we are on the water. Though the course takes place as early as June, there is a possibility that the air or water temperature will be cold, so you should be prepared in case of cool weather. (Contact Us about renting a wetsuit if interested).

Participants stay in a tent at the Minden Whitewater preserve (Gull River), but for a fee can upgrade to a PaddleFoot Lodge room and drive to the Gull on the second morning. Meals are not included in the cost of the canoeing course, but you can order meals in advance and enjoy three delicious prepared meals each day. In the evening, you can continue to practice or relax by the campfire and gaze up the the starry night sky.

Sample Menu from the PaddleFoot Lodge