Bill Bowman 613 828-3362 firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site http: http://web.ncf.ca/ad554/Mini WW1.htm
The main canoeing course will be a Level 2 course. But this small WW1 course will run at the same time. Level 1 participants will train at Palmer Rapids on both days.
Professional instruction will be given by Paddler Co-op of Palmer Rapids. There will be 1 instructor for 4 canoes.
This Level 1 course will be comparable to the main WW1 course on the previous weekend. It is designed for those who absolutely cannot make it to the Petawawa course, or for those whose other company members are taking WW2 or kayaking.
Level 1 is suitable for novice
canoeists. However, they MUST take a
There will be ample opportunity to practice at these courses - each participant will have a seat in a canoe available at all times and there will be a maximum number of participants. Venturer companies are expected to bring or rent a sufficient number of white water canoes.
Priority will be given to Venturers and advisors from Voyageur Council. If space permits, Joint Council units and other Scouting members will be considered. The course is not open to members of the general public.
Paddler Co-op will rent white water canoes for $50 per person (plus tax) for the weekend. This rental fee includes the paddles, PFDs and helmets.
You may bring your own canoes, but be
certain they are suitable for white water (normally, this means
The Opemikon canoes come with float bags, but no paddles or other accessories. Lastly, you might be able to make a deal with another Venturer company which is not using all of their canoes. YOU MUST MAKE THESE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO BOOKING WITH PADDLER CO-OP. There are NO REFUNDS.
You will spend both days at Palmer Rapids, a very good and exciting rapid for training. It is a 15-minute paddle from the campsite at Paddler Co-op.
All groups must be self-contained for
camping and food. Camping will be at
Paddler Co-op in the
Groups should arrive at camp on Friday evening. A map accompanies this information. A Scouts Canada sign will be set up at the side of the road. Be sure to register shortly after your arrival.
You must be confident in flat water canoeing and understand
the theory of eddy turns and ferrying.
Those who are not must take a pre-training course (no charge),
which will take place at
A helmet is mandatory for this white water course (water sport or hockey helmet). Bike helmets are NOT PERMITTED ON THIS COURSE.
An approved PFD is mandatory and must be worn at all times when on or near the water.
Swimming - Participants must be able to swim, and not panic if under water. You do not need to be an excellent swimmer to enjoy white water canoeing, but it is always an asset.
If at all possible, we would like to have youth paddling with youth, and adults with adults. We feel that this will be better for learning for all concerned. Try to avoid having partners with greatly differing weights. Do your best.
We would also like partners to have roughly equal time at both bow and stern positions.
Companies that have an odd number of people will be paired with another company in the same situation. If the extra person is a youth member, he or she should paddle with a youth from the other group.
There is no simple direct route to Palmer Rapids. Refer to the
SOME SIMPLE RULES
No one is permitted on the water at any time without supervision by Paddler Co-op or by special permission from the camp chief.
Please look after the camping area, and leave it clean and tidy.
Please respect and obey the instructors. They are there to make sure that you have a quality white water experience.
Above all, HAVE
SPECIAL NOTE ON CLOTHING
WHAT TO BRING
All camping gear and food.
Drinking water. There
is running water on site.
An approved PFD, whistle, paddle, and seat in a canoe for each person - these may be rented from Paddler Co-op by prior arrangement, if desired.
If you are bringing your own paddling gear or borrowing it, make sure everything is marked with your name. Paddles and PFDs all look the same, and there will be lots of them.
One helmet per person. Wearing of these will be mandatory, and bike helmets are not permitted.
Bug juice. Bug jackets are an environmentally-friendly alternative. Black files and mosquitoes can be quite bad at this time of year.
Sunscreen and sunglasses.
A water bottle for drinks. Keep these small items in a day pack tied to a thwart.
Warm clothing. Quick dry materials such as polypropylene, polyester fleece, and a nylon wind jacket and pants are recommended. Avoid cotton. A rain suit can double as an extra layer in cold weather. Rubber or neoprene gloves and a wet suit are possible additions to the kit list if cold weather is expected.
Knee pads. These are optional, but are a welcome luxury. Some, but not all, canoes have built-in kneepads.
A wet suit is strongly advised if cold or rainy weather is in the forecast. Contact Paddler Co-op or any outfitter in town.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The main thing is that you will get WET, even if you don't dump. There are generally several dumps during the weekend.
It could be rainy or cool. Bring extra warm clothes. Since you will be only a short paddle away, you can leave these at your campsite.
If you can afford it, renting a wet suit is a good idea. Past experience has shown that 2 or 3 dumps are a possibility, and by then you will be quite cold. Old sneakers or aqua socks are great for wading in the river; wet feet are a given. Open-toed footwear are not allowed.