Individual and Small Group Lessons

We offer individualized instruction based on your skills and goals. We will work with you to schedule a time and select the appropriate venue. Our ACA certified instructors will tailor the time to your needs. Contact us to arrange a time. Course Details Length: Minimum of 3 hoursVenue: VariedPrerequisites: NoneCost: 1 to 2 participants – $25/ person/ hour 3 to … Read More

Introduction to Canoeing

Build a solid paddling foundation by learning a variety of entry level paddling skills. You’ll learn strokes and maneuvers, practice rescues and learn about the paddling environment and local hazards. You will learn how to safely transport a canoe on your vehicle, appropriate clothing and equipment for daytrips on flat-water. At the end of the day you will know more … Read More

Essentials of River Canoeing

Build on the skills and knowledge learned in Introduction to Canoeing or equivalent experience. Adapt your strokes and maneuvers to moving water and learn a few new ones. Identify eddies, eddy lines and other river features and learn how to use them to move your canoe where you want it to be. Learn to identify and avoid common local river … Read More

River Canoeing

Our most advanced course occurs on faster flowing waters, but it is not a whitewater paddling course. Many of the rivers in Interior Alaska require good river running skills and sound judgment, but not advanced whitewater skills. This course will prepare you for them. Emphasis is on understanding the dynamics of moving water, reading the river and performing the strokes … Read More

Tune Ups

Stroke and Maneuver Tune Up This class is for you if you learned how to paddle in scouts or at camp, took a class with Canoe Alaska 20 years ago, or with us last year and you want to refine your skills, improve your paddling efficiency or weed out some bad habits you’ve developed over the years.  The course will be … Read More

Rescue Practice

Discuss and practice rescue scenarios common on Interior Alaska lakes and rivers. You will practice self-rescue including defensive and offensive swimming. You will also rescue a capsized boat and its paddlers. You will learn and practice appropriate throw rope use and rescue other swimmers. This course should not be confused with a swift water rescue class; we will not be … Read More

ACA Instructor Certification Level 1 – Level 2

This Instructor Certification Workshop is a combination of the ACA Instructor Development Workshop and Instructor Certification Exam.  It is suited to those who have strong paddling skills and who instruct clients, campers, staff members and others in canoeing skills. Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to become an ACA Certified Instructor for River Canoeing Level 1 and / … Read More