Canoe and paddling Lessons

David Wooldridge and his son Jack. Jack is showing his dad how to "really" paddle!

Here you will find all the different styles of paddling and the lessons that go with them! Below are all the canoeing disciplines we can help you master!

We offer in-house Ridge Canadian Canoe Certificates for all our Canoe courses, these are included in your course package. These are specifically for participation and completion of the course, where participants are looking to focus more on the skills gained, and do not need a particular certification for work purposes.

If participants would prefer a Paddle Canada Certificate, we do offer those certificates also for an additional $15 plus tax per person fee. This certificate is geared more towards those needing a specific certification for work purposes. 

Each course is the same regardless of certification given, however, our normal Ridge programs include a few extra skills the Paddle Canada level does not. 

Please notify our office if you would prefer a Paddle Canada certificate.

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Hear what folks are saying!

Hello Ridge Wilderness First Aid:

 I took the Ridge Wilderness First Aid course in Cumberland, BC with Chelsea Kennedy. What an excellent instructor! Apart from knowing her subject matter through and through, she was able to impart her knowledge with good humour and still make her point clearly and without minimizing the gravity of the situation. I loved her method of teaching, along with the 'props' (the raining blood bits were hilarious for example), red markers used to indicate an injury, a 'modified' BBQ tool mounted on a small block of wood with red marker marks to indicate bleeding of course and then stuffed into a pocket. What a great idea. Not too much imagination required to see that this was a 'puncture wound'. In other cases, photos of the real deal, plasticized, and held in place to indicate 3rd degree burns on a hand for another example. Pretty plain to see that without immediate hospital care, the patient could loose the use of her hand.

I also liked a couple of other things too. Chelsea would review previous points in her summaries. I remember one situation where I just didn't know what to do (she had just told us). "I don't know what to do for this one", I said. She quietly gave me a clue... And it all came back. I was able to perform what I needed to do.

I've taken many first aid courses, and some of them more advanced than this one, although long ago. When I asked about a particular situation, she would kindly give the explanation in a matter of fact way: That's beyond the level of this course, for example). It was done tactfully, firmly, and yet kindly. This is without a doubt the best first aid course I have ever taken, and it is your instructor Chelsea who made it so.

To polish it all off, she followed up the course with an email, in her usual light-hearted style relating to some of the more humorous moments in the course. I truly can't think of one change I would make. Thank you Chelsea for being you:)

Thank you for a great course. And I especially like the first aid book. Small enough for my back back, easy to find what you need, water resistant pages. A true wilderness first aid book:). Thank you.

Sincerely,

Louise Osborn

Louise Osborn
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