Learn to Canoe

Description: This class will introduce students to the basics of paddling a canoe in a mild setting and at a relaxed pace. Students will learn about canoes, paddles, gear and clothing before learning to launch and being introduced to the basic paddle strokes. This class is a great way for those considering canoeing to try it out. Canoeing is a wet sport. Instruction includes in-water rescue demonstration and practice.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Experience on-the-water instruction in canoes
  • Learn about basic canoeing gear and clothing selection
  • Learn basic canoe stroke techniques including forward, sweep, reverse, draw stroke and steering techniques

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Learn to Canoe Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Water Shoes/Sandals - Foot attire that will protect your feet and is okay to get wet. (e.g. Teva, Chaco, Keen (not flip-flops)
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.


  • Energy Snacks
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Dry Bag
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Paddle
  • Group First Aid Kit