Time: Start approximately 6:30 on river by 7. End Time 9ish

Where: We will meet at the bins behind the fish Hatchery (map)

Cost:   $150 plus Club membership ($20) if we provide gear

           $50 plus Club membership ($20) if you have all your own gear

What we will be doing:

The idea behind this program is to help people that have a little bit of experience paddling but don’t have the gear or support group to get out on the river paddling and have fun doing it. Previous experience can come from taking a course with one of the local companies such as Tatshenshini Expediting or Yukan Canoe or previous experience with paddling friends.


We will be primarily at the Yukon River paddling from below the dam to the intake, practicing various skills and as our skill set progresses we will try and do a couple river trips (Takhini or Wheaton) on the weekends or evenings with an end goal of paddling the Tatshenshini River in August. A typical day will be 2/3 practicing skills and 1/3 free time.

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Skills we’ll be working on:

Working on basic river safety

Recognizing river hazards, throw bags, swimming techniques for self rescue, and methods to rescue a swimming friend and/or equipment.

River running skills

Eddy turns, ferrying, how to read a river and run a rapid, paddling as a group, how to surf waves, how to communicate on river, what to bring on the river when doing a day trip.

 Course outline

  • Day 1 (June 27) safety talk, get boats outfitted, remainder of time on water doing swimming/ throw bagging and some paddling instruction
  • Day 2 (July 4) up to the dam and work on paddle strokes, ferries, eddie hopping ( s-turns), hanging stern draw. Try to attain at Intake. Free time
  • Day 3 (July 11) Rolling ( 2 different groups), T rescues. Sturns  (sp?)
  • Day 4 (July 18) Touch on rolling
  • Takhini River Trip ? ( or Wheaton)
  • Day 5 (July 25) run the dam multiple times working on previous strokes and skills Throw bag and swim review
  • Following days to be determined by group dynamics.