WILDERNESS ~ CANOEING ~ INSTRUCTION ~ COURSES
WILDS Of Manitoba
How to Paddle a Canoe in Manitoba
Paddling Courses & Instruction
Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced Tandem and Solo Canoe Courses
All courses are taught by a Paddle Canada certified
For additional course details or for customized courses,
contact the instructor; course dates are tentative.
All courses are tailored to the participants' needs, within
the national standards set out by Paddle Canada.
Each course has a small number of students offering a high
ratio of instructors to students. Personal instruction courses are available for a very reasonable fee.
An overview of the various Paddle Canada levels and clinics
can be found below under the heading Course
Descriptions. To register for a course, please contact the course instructor.
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CANOE COURSE LIST
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CANOE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
In this section you will find course and workshop
descriptions, prerequisites and fees.
All courses described below are taught by instructors who
are certified to and follow the national standards set out by Paddle Canada.
The instructors also offer workshops and clinics which are
not official courses and come with no certification but do provide an
opportunity to learn new skills or to sharpen existing skills.
Paddle Canada courses build on each other. To take higher
level courses participants must have, or show that they have, all of
the skills that are found in the lower level courses. If you have not
attained certification in a Paddle Canada level but you feel you have
the appropriate skills the instructor of the course may request that
you be assessed prior to the course.
Entry into the course is at the instructor's discretion.
Assessments can be done by the instructor at a mutually agreeable time
The minimum deposit for any course is $25.00 per person and
must be paid directly to the instructor. Deposits are not
refundable unless the course is cancelled by the instructor.
Times listed here are the minimum required time by Paddle
Canada. Some courses may take longer or be resheduled due to weather
and other environmental and personal conditions. If you are interested in one of these courses
the time committment is the total of the two courses and the price will
be double unless noted below. Students interested in these courses
should realize that these courses are usually physically quite
demanding. These prices include all discounts.
The Paddle Canada waiver forms will have to be fully completed and
sent to the instructor prior to the course.
Note: Courses are taught with a
variety of canoes (ultralight kevlar to heavier Royalex canoes),
paddles (bentshaft, ottertails, squareblades, etc.), Personal Flotation Devices and rescue
equipment so that the student can learn the advantages of the many
differences and is even able to learn to lift and carry and transport canoes without injury.
Beware of various internet web pages that promote inappropriate and
dangerous canoe lifting techniques and portaging methods.
WORKSHOPS AND CLINICS
Customized programs done at the request of a group or
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email: paddler at mymts.net
Donna Kurt teaches canoe courses in North Winnipeg or in other
locations as required.
Lake Water Canoe Introductory and Intermediate Instructor Trainer,
Lake Water Canoe Intermediate and Advanced Instructor
and Moving Water Canoe Intermediate
Wilderness First Aid
Donna Kurt paddling Bill Mason's cedar canvas prospector canoe on Meech Lake.
This is the canoe featured in Bill Mason's Waterwalker film
and books Path of the Paddle and Song of the Paddle.
Photo by Becky Mason, 1986.
Donna Kurt has been teaching Paddle Canada canoe courses in Manitoba since 1995. She has been learning canoe and instruction skills since 1986 from many distinguished paddlers such as Becky Mason, Paul Mason (both are children of the legendary canoeist
Bill Mason), Mark Molina (American Canoeing Association), as well as
many expert Paddle Canada (CRCA) certified canoe instructor trainers
such as Glenn Buckmaster, Dean McLeod, Doug Gifford, Jarem Sawatsky,
Peter Dowd, Brian Johnston and Steven Fletcher.
In addition to
instructing hundreds of beginner and intermediate canoeists, Donna
also coordinated and assisted instructing Moving Water courses with Brian Johnston for over 10 years.
Donna Kurt running Old Woman Falls, Manigotagan River.
Donna has led hundreds of flat water and white water canoe camping trips for
the YM/YWCA Canoe Camping Club (Ottawa), Paddle Manitoba (formerly
Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association), Nature Manitoba (formerly
Manitoba Naturalists Society) as well as private groups, averaging 1000
tripping km per year. She has paddled in most Canadian provinces, and
in US and Australian waterways. Donna has coordinated and lead over 25 canoe trips to Nature Manitoba's Mantario Wilderness Education Centre on Thanksgiving weekends, and numerous other trips there for program weeks and work parties at other times of year.
Donna served on the Paddle Canada (formerly CRCA) National Program Development Committee to
implement the former Paddle Canada Canoeing Program and has been trained in instructing paddlers with disabilities. She has extended this training to such endeavours as taking persons with disabilities on canoeing trips such as her nonagenarian mother (see link below), Clarence Tillenius, and friends with vision impairments.
Donna served 13 years on the board and executive of Paddle Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Recreational Canoeing
Association) since 1988 as President, Past-President, Vice-President, Secretary, Newsletter
Editor, Instruction Chair and as Social Convenor and is currently serving on the Paddle
Manitoba Board as Secretary since March 2015. Donna also served on the board of Nature Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society) for several years in the 1990s. Both Paddle Manitoba and Nature Manitoba presented numerous awards to Donna for volunteer efforts.
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A Nova Craft SP3 15.5 foot whitewater canoe is available for rent.
The canoe is outfitted with thigh straps, knee pads, grab loops, and yoke.
Airbags and spray deck are available if required, at additional cost.
To enquire about availability please email paddler at mymts.net.
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Donna's YouTube Channel
Equipment Rental Contacts
contact paddler at mymts.net to inquire about canoe rental
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Wilderness Supply Company
Other Paddling Connections
Manitoba Pioneer Camp
formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society
Links of Interest
wo man i got agan
Wilds of Manitoba - Canoeing
Wilds of Manitoba
- Safe Paddling
Manitoba - Related Links
Canoe School 2015 Slalom Course Video on Youtube
Charles Burchill (a fine canoeist)
Canada - Waterflow
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