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Intermediate Canoe Skills



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Intermediate White Water Canoe Skills

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Do you want to improve your canoe paddling?

Journeying in the open canoe gives the opportunity to perfect a large variety of techniques.

At Wild River we can:

  • Develop your river reading skills and improve your boat control in white water.
  • Develop modern efficient forward paddling techniques and an understanding of trim adjustment to allow you to paddle for longer in windy conditions on open water.
  • Help you get the most from the outfitting of your boat.
  • Develop your understanding of the traditional skills such as poling or rope work.
  • Give you some advanced rope work skills to help get that expensive boat off the rock.

On our intermediate course we will take you to wherever you are comfortable and challenge you to improve your skills.

Our highly qualified and experienced staff will push you at the pace that suits you and prepare you for a higher level of challenge as the course goes on.

Working with small student numbers these courses are tailored to the needs of the individual within the group and are very adaptable. This course focuses more towards the white water environment but we are also happy to tailor the course for open water if the group wishes.

White water canoeing in Lake District


For this course you will need:

  • A canoe that is fitted out for the environment that has enough buoyancy.
  • A paddle, helmet and buoyancy aid suitable for white water.
  • Sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing such as drysuit and thermals or separates.

You will also need a hot drink and lunch that you can carry on the river if necessary.

If you don’t have all of the above equipment please contact us as we may be able to help with this.


Cumbrian venues for this could include the large lakes of Ullswater and Windermere. Rivers such as Leven, Greta, Lune, Duddon, Lower Kent.

Course Dates

7,8 December 2024

Course Fee: £200


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Additional Info

Wild River recommends that all customers take out personal insurance for the activity.

We can tailor a course to your specific needs.

If you cannot find the course you want or the date you need then please contact us and we will try to meet your needs.

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