Movingwater Paddler Levels 


Tandem Movingwater Paddler (3)

Solo Movingwater Paddler (4)


Basic or Advanced Tandem Paddler

Tandem Movingwater Paddler


Canoe construction, design, materials
Care & repair of canoes & equipment
Safety procedures & signals
Extra flotation
Group travel on the river
River hydraulics and hazards
River grading systems
Map interpretations
Environment and ethical considerations

Canoe trim & paddling position
River reading


In up to grade II water
All strokes in Advanced Tandem Paddler
River "J"
Cross bow draw
Stationary draw and pry
Blending of Strokes
High & low braces

Solo in up to grade II water
Review all solo strokes
River "J"
Cross bow draw
Blending of Strokes
High & low braces


Embarking & disembarking
Forward and back ferries
Eddy turns & Peel offs
Side slip & running side slip
Lining, tracking & streaming

Embarking & disembarking
Forward and back ferries
Eddy turns & Peel offs
Side slip & running side slip


Throwing a line
Swimming rapids (grade II)
Shore and deep water rescues
Self rescue in grade II

Body ferry with canoe
Canoe over canoe in moving water
Solo self rescue

Rec. Reading

Basic River Canoeing by R. McNair
Path of the Paddle by Bill Mason

The Canoe and White Water
by C. Franks
Canoe & Kayak Instruction Manual
by The American Canoeing Association


60% competence in up to grade II water

60% competence in up to grade II water

Movingwater Instructor 

Prerequisites                    Lakewater Instructor for a minimum of 1 year
               Current RCABC Instructor/Candidate registration.
                Solo and Tandem Movingwater Paddler certificate


Duration               The Movingwater Instructors course has Tandem and Solo components.  Each consists of approximately twenty hours of instruction, for a total of forty hours. 

Course Conductor

This evaluation is to be conducted by a Master Instructor.


General                The canoeist should not be exposed to river conditions exceeding grade III.  Emphasis should be placed on tandem and solo paddling in grade II water, with the potential instructor being capable of performing manoeuvres in all capacities: tandem bow, tandem stern and solo.

Theory                                   All material from Lakewater Instructor and Movingwater Paddler Levels.
                Knowledge of how to activate local rescue authorities.
                Recovery of boats and stranded paddlers.
                Teaching techniques for river trips.

Strokes                                All Moving & Lakewater strokes
                Off side paddling
                High braces
                Reverse "C" stroke

 Practical                            Review and practice all Movingwater paddling manoeuvres.
                Practice teach any Movingwater theory, stroke or manoeuvre.
                Demonstrate competence on grade III water.


Rec. Reading        River Rescue by L. Bechdel & S. Ray in addition to other RCA recommended texts
Canoeing and Kayaking Instruction Manual by the American Canoeing Association.


Evaluation                          Achieve a minimum of 70% on the Theory Exam.
                Over the course demonstrate an 80% success rate when performing required manoeuvres.
                Demonstrate effective correction and detection of stroke mechanics and manoeuvre in a teaching situation.