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Paddlesports Leadership Course

This course is for any member of the Fairbanks Paddlers who would like to plan personal or club paddle trips and will provide opportunities to build skills, knowledge, and judgement to safely choose, plan and lead trips. We will also learn strategies to provide support, knowledge and leadership to other paddlers. Discussions and scenarios will encourage participants to share their knowledge and skills with the group.

Though there is an on water session, this is not a paddling skills course.

Participants will be required to sign a waiver and meet the participation requirements of the Alaska Canoe School and the American Canoe Association.

Date:                05/19/2023  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm dry land session

05/20/2023 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on water session

Location:         Flat Water venue  TBD

Class Size:       12 participants maximum

Cost:                 Fairbanks Paddlers Club members free of charge

To reserve a spot contact us directly or…

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Paddlesports Leadership Course


Build your trip leading skills on June 18th, 2022. For Fairbanks Paddlers members only.

10 in stock

  • Go to the Calendar page for available dates.
  • By reserving a spot in a class, you certify that you are able to perform the following task and meet the following American Canoe Association Essential Eligibility Criteria:

    1. Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)

    2. Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water

    3. Independently hold head upright without neck / head support

    4. Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion

    5. Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance

    6. Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion

    7. Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket

    8. Get in and out of a paddlecraft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance

    9. Independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft

    10. Remount or reenter the paddlecraft following deep water capsize independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance

    11. Maintain a safe body position while attempting skills, activities and rescues listed in the appropriate Course Outline, and have the ability to recognize and identify to others when such efforts would be unsafe given your personal situation



This course is for any member of the Fairbanks Paddlers who plans and organizes paddle trips, or who would like to do so.

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May 19 - 20 2023




Tracie Pendergrast
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Tracie and Don Pendergrast
Alaska Canoe School
Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-479-2964 (h)
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907-371-4868 (cD)
Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.Henry David Thoreau
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Muskrat, "Wind in the Willows"
There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe.Bill Mason
There are many ways to salvation, and one of them is to follow a river. David Brower, Foreword to "Oregon Rivers"
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.Loren Eiseley, "Four Quartets"