Lake Water

Classic Style Lakewater
The RCABC Lakewater Program covers fundamental canoeing skills and is the foundation for all other types of canoeing. Whether your goal is:

  • going on your first canoe camping trip
  • leading kids and youth in outdoor pursuits
  • canoe instruction or guiding
  • to build the skills to go on a wilderness whitewater expedition....

the Lakewater program is the place to start.

Advanced tandem and solo skills are also included in the Lakewater Program providing challenge even for experienced canoeists.

 

 
RCABC LAKEWATER CERTIFICATION


 

RCABC LAKEWATER LEVEL 1 - BASIC TANDEM

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This is the most commonly taught RCABC canoe course. It serves as not only a basic introduction to canoeing, but also introduces skills, manoeuvres and knowledge that people with some canoeing background can often benefit from. Tandem means two people controlling the canoe. The course serves a wide range of interest groups:

  • Youth in schools or other organizations such as Scouts, Cadets, or community programs.
  • Fishermen
  • Families
  • People interested in canoe tripping (overnight trips)
  • Those interested in advancing to river canoeing
  • Team building


PREREQUISITES - None

DURATION - This course is typically a full day. Sometimes the theory or rescue portions are taught as an evening session.

CONTENT 
Outline of RCABC Lakewater Level 1 Course

  • Forward, stopping and reverse
  • Basic turns while paddling forward
  • Spins and Sideslip manoeuvres
  • Capsizes and Rescues
  • Canoeing Safety guidelines and equipment
  • Paddles, PFDs and other gear
  • Storing and waterproofing gear
  • Paddling positions and boat trim
  • Handling waves and wind
  • Launching and landing

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RCABC LAKEWATER LEVEL 2 – BASIC SOLO

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Many feel that learning to solo (one person in the canoe) is vital to understanding the how to use the paddle and how a canoe responds. Sitting in the center of the canoe, the strokes learned in Level 1 are modified to enable you to control the canoe by yourself, even in windy and rough conditions. This can be an advantage for:

  • People in leadership roles that may need to solo at times (instructors, camp leaders, club trip leaders)
  • Fishermen, bird watchers and photographers
  • People wanting to paddle independently or get more exercise when they canoe
  • Anyone going on a trip with odd numbers of people

 

PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 1 or equivalent

DURATION – This course is typically a full day but can be structured to be taught over several days.

CONTENT
Outline of RCABC Lakewater Level 2 Course

  • Solo paddling positions and trim
  • Solo spins and sideslips
  • The Pivot Point and extending your strokes for better control
  • Solo rescues
  • Developing effective reverse paddling
  • Introduction to environmental ethics and access concerns

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CAMP LEADER CERTIFICATE

WHO IS THIS CERTIFICATE FOR?

The Camp Leader certificate is simply a Level 1 Lakewater - Basic Tandem, and a Level 2 Lakewater - Basic Solo certificate combined. It is intended to show that a canoeist knows how to:

  • control a canoe either tandem or solo
  • perform rescues
  • equip canoes and paddlers with safety gear
  • and more....

This is a recommended minimum level of certification for camp staff, teachers who are helping with canoeing activities and other leaders that are out with kids and youth in a very sheltered, safe environment, close to emergency medical services. This is not an instructor certificate.

For Duration, Prerequisites and Content see Level 1 Lakewater - Basic Tandem, and a Level 2 Lakewater - Basic Solo certificate above.

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RCABC LAKEWATER LEVEL 3 – ADVANCED TANDEM

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
Advanced tandem canoeing requires teamwork and skill. Once these are refined, tandem canoeists can move the canoe in any direction quickly and efficiently. Completing the RCABC Tandem Circuit is the ultimate goal of Level 3. Watch this video and see the diagram of the circuit here. These advanced skills are highly recommended for:

  • People in canoe leadership roles requiring advanced skills
  • Preparing for river canoeing or improving your river canoeing skills
  • Improving rescue ability
  • Canoeists going out in rough lake and ocean conditions
  • Developing advanced teamwork and communication with your paddling partners.
  • People interested in the Canoe Tripping Leader certificate


PREREQUISITE - RCABC Lakewater Level 2 or equivalent


DURATION – This course is typically a full day.


CONTENT
Outline of RCABC Lakewater Level 3 Course

  • RCABC Tandem Circuit Diagram
  • Video of RCABC Tandem Circuit (Note that there are different strokes and methods of completing the Tandem Circuit)
  • The advanced tandem skills are introduced and then practiced in the context of the RCABC Tandem Circuit. The circuit is a 15m x 2m set of 4 buoys that demands control from both paddlers. The circuit includes several manoeuvres including:
  • Running Sideslips (parallel shift) and regular sideslip
  • Reverse turns (sharp) and straight line paddling
  • Forward turns (sharp) and straight line paddling
  • The challenge is not only in performing these manoeuvres as a team, but also linking the manoeuvres together smoothly and efficiently. Other content includes
  • Bracing (strokes that prevent capsizes)
  • Advanced tandem rescues.
  • Knots, canoe repair, handling wind and waves.

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RCABC LAKEWATER LEVEL 4 – ADVANCED SOLO

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The RCABC Advanced Solo course takes solo paddling to the next level by introducing precise manoeuvreing and linking moves together smoothly and efficiently in the RCABC solo circuit. See the solo circuit diagram here. Here is a video of the solo circuit (several variations in strokes are acceptable). These skills are valuable for:

  • Anyone seeking more efficient paddling in all lake, river, rescue and teaching situations.
  • Outdoor Leaders who need to be strong solo canoeists
  • People particularly interested in the art of solo canoeing
  • People wanting to take the RCABC Lakewater Instructor Course.


PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 3 or equivalent


DURATION – This course is typically a full day or more.


CONTENT
Outline of the RCABC Lakewater Level 4 Course
RCABC Solo Circuit Diagram
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit in a standard tripping canoe - left paddle side
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit in a standard tripping canoe - right paddle side
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit in a very manoeuvreable tripping canoe
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit test run by a good instructor candidate

**Note that there are many variations in the way the circuit can be paddled and these videos represent a few of the many variations.

The advanced solo skills are introduced and then combined in a continuous sequence in the RCABC Solo Circuit. This circuit requires precision and thoughtful paddle technique without switching paddling sides. The circuit is performed on the same set of 15m x 2m buoys as the tandem circuit and includes:

  • 15m sideslip
  • Forward paddling and stopping
  • Inside and outside figure 8 between the 2m buoys
  • Starting in reverse from a standstill, straight line reverse and a sharp turn in reverse
  • Linking difficult manoeuvres

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RCABC LAKEWATER INSTRUCTOR

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
The RCABC Lakewater Instructor certificate enables you to teach and certify RCABC Lakewater Levels 1-4, which includes teaching the solo and tandem circuits. The material in Levels 1-4 must therefore be familiar and performed at a high enough level that it can be modeled and taught successfully to students. Lakewater Instructor certification is sought by a wide variety of people and is our most popular instructor certification.

  • Canoeists interested in pushing their skills to a higher level
  • School, youth organization, church and outdoor program instructors or leaders
  • College or University outdoor program students
  • Flat water guides or private instruction business
  • People interested in becoming moving water, tripping, etc instructors
  • Club leaders


PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 1-4


DURATION – 40 hours

RECERTIFICATION - A one day clinic every 3 years by a Lakewater Instructor Trainer or Master Instructor. See Upcoming Courses Page, Find an Instructor or Contact the Instructor Coordinator or Executive.

CONTENT
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit in a standard tripping canoe - left paddle side
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit in a standard tripping canoe - right paddle side
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit in a very manoeuvreable tripping canoe
Video of RCABC Solo Circuit test run by a good instructor candidate
RCABC Tandem Circuit Video (For instructor exam the stern paddler calls the bow paddler's strokes)
**Note that there are many variations in the way the circuits can be paddled and these videos represent only a few of the many variations.
RCABC Solo Circuit Diagram
RCABC Tandem Circuit Diagram


The Lakewater Instructor course is based on advancing a candidate to the point of being able to teach Lakewater Levels 1-4, so the content is largely based on the four paddler level courses. Some new content is also introduced:

  • Teaching methods and group management
  • Leadership and group safety
  • River hazards, and classification
  • Canoe design and construction
  • Passing instructor certification requires grading and testing. The focus of the testing is on the following skills and topics:
  • RCABC Advanced Tandem Circuit (At a high proficiency level with the candidate in the stern calling the bow paddler's strokes)
  • RCABC Advanced Solo Circuit (Both paddle sides with a time limit)
  • Teaching strokes, theory and manoeuvres
  • Written theory exam
  • A variety of Solo and Tandem rescues

To see more information on becoming a Lakewater Instructor, become a "Individual Paddler Member" of RCABC to gain access to the Instructor Manual, or purchase a copy of the manual (Link).
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RCABC LAKEWATER INSTRUCTOR TRAINER

WHO IS THIS CERTIFICATE FOR?
The RCABC Lakewater Instructor Trainer Certificate enables you to teach Lakewater Instructor courses and certify or recertify people as Lakewater Instructors. People that have this certification are typically:

  • College, University, Community Group or Outdoor Program instructors or program directors
  • Regional Instructors who are passionate about promoting canoeing in their area
  • Private Instructors or guides
  • Club leaders

 

PREREQUISITE - The process generally requires 3 co-teaches with a Master Instructor or Lakewater Instructor Trainer, and to attend an Instructor Trainer clinic.

DURATION – Variable

CONTENT
The content is based on co-teaching the recommended 3 Lakewater Instructor courses. In addition the clinic covers:

  • Grading candidates on their paddling circuits
  • Sharing teaching ideas
  • Fine tuning skills
  • Discussing course content to standardize how RCABC Lakewater Instructor courses are delivered in BC.

An important aspect of the clinic process is networking with other RCABC instructors.

The Lakewater Instructor Trainer certificate was created for those that don't want to become a Master Instructor, which includes extensive river canoeing experience and certification.

For more information, contact the Instructor Coordinator of RCABC or see section IV-32.1.3 of your RCABC Instructor Manual.
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CLINICS (PARTIAL COURSES)

WHO ARE CLINICS FOR?

RCABC allows instructors to run partial courses called 'clinics' which are based on an RCABC certificate course. Clinics are intended to add the flexibility for RCABC instructors to teach partial canoeing courses, without the need to fulfil the complete requirements of a certificate course.

Here are a few possible examples of clinics:

  • a rescue session for lake canoeists
  • a short introduction to canoeing for kids
  • a solo canoe surfing clinic

INSTRUCTORS OF CLINICS

All of the standard membership, certification, safety and risk management policies that apply to a certification course also apply to a ‘Clinic’, including the following:

  • Prerequisites and ratios of the course on which the clinic is based must be observed.
  • Clinics must be primarily instructional and not trip or guiding based.
  • Waivers must indicate the type of clinic clearly

RCABC encourages instructors and students to take a full certification course when possible. Clinics are not intended to replace the thorough training of a certificate course.

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