The Whitewater Program offers river trips and training for club members who wish to paddle in moving water and run rapids.
To ensure everybody's safety, whitewater trips are only open to club members who have qualified for the club's Whitewater List.
- Trips range in duration from a single evening to several weeks and in difficulty from novice to advanced levels.
- Trips are organized from April through December.
- Training is offered throughout the year.
Where do we go paddling?
- Club trips range in difficulty from gentle Class I / II rivers like the Mississippi, to roaring class III / IV rivers like the Ottawa.
- Click HERE to see an overview of our 2013 Schedule
- Here is a link to Maps - to destinations where we go paddling!
Who can join in?
- Whitewater paddlers are required to be on the RACCC Whitewater list before they may go out on trips with the Club..
- Once qualified you may sign up for advertised trips with the trip leaders.
- Trips are designated for novices, others for intermediate or advanced paddlers.
RACCC Paddlers can qualify for the Whitewater List in a number of ways:
- Successfully complete the RACCC's Paddle Canada Whitewater Introduction Tandem or Solo course and be assessed as competent on Class II whitewater by club instructors.
- Show proof of successful completion of a minimum of ORCKA Moving Water 1A (tandem) or 1B (solo) or Paddle Canada Intermediate Tandem or Solo at another organization.
This must have been achieved in the last three years and will be reviewed with you by the Whitewater Co-ordinator or another designated experienced club member. If you have passed Paddle Canada Whitewater Introduction Tandem or Solo at another organization, you will have to be assessed as competent on Class II whitewater by the Whitewater Coordinator.
- Be recommended to the Whitewater Coordinator by an experienced club member, or by a Paddle Canada or ORCKA Moving Water Instructor who has detailed knowledge of your skills and capabilities.
- Demonstrate you have the required skills on a "qualifying trip".
This can provide an opportunity for members with some whitewater experience to demonstrate their abilities and gain admission to the whitewater list. Qualifying trips are to be organized with the Whitewater Coordinator, who will evaluate members' abilities or designate another experienced trip participant to do so.
Note: Club whitewater paddlers use the RACCC Whitewater List to seek paddling partners;
Whitewater trip leaders use it to identify members who have up-to-date whitewater skills.
How do I find out about trips?
- White Water trips are posted on www.raccc.ca calendar
- Since summer waterlevels fluctuate, some last minute trips are posted on the Forum on Thursday or Friday. (click here to find out how to register for the Forum)
- RACCC Members' newsletter: CanoeBytes includes postings from the calendar of events
- Get involved in training events and practice evenings to get connected with other RACCC Whitewater Paddlers
- If you are having difficulty finding a trip please contact the Whitewater Co-ordinator who will help you make contact with trip leaders running trips that suit your skills and abilities.
What kind of equipment do I need?
Before you go out and buy equipment: Our Beginner WW Courses include tips on equipment purchase including:
- White Water Helmet
- Properly fitting PFD
- White water paddle
- Pealess Whistle
- Paddling clothing appropriate for water and air temperature
- Waterproof containers for food and camping equipment.
What kind of White Water training is available?
- RACCC White Water Training focuses on paddling and tripping skills as well as river safety.
- RACCC uses the Paddle Canada National Certification Program and Instructors
- Advanced paddling courses are taught by extremely skilled instructors
- Tandem and Solo paddling.
- Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Levels
- River reading
- River rescue
- Practice and play evenings, days and weekend outings
- Women's only training
- Play boating
- and more
Whitewater Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the Members Handbook to get more information about the Whitewater program, the ww list, how to join in trips...etc