Our River Notes page highlights recent articles, new instructional concepts, and paddling techniques. River Notes also includes our river journal, so you can follow our trips throughout the year. A reminder that the information stated on this site is designed as a general guide and not a substitute for experience. We do not take responsibility for the use of any of the materials or methods described. (more…)

Videos: Tandem Braces and Front Ferry

Here are our two most recent instructional videos. Have a great summer!

 

Tandem Whitewater Canoeing Front Ferry

 

Tandem Whitewater Canoeing Braces

 

Video: Essential Strokes for Tandem Maneuvers

Here is the first of our videos: Essential Tandem Canoe Strokes

Hope you enjoy it!

Essential Strokes for Tandem Maneuvers

 

 

 

Exciting and new for 2017!

This year is shaping up to be one of our best. As well as teaching and racing at various locations, we will be starting a series of short whitewater technique videos to help people improve their paddling.  Stay tuned!

Get the MO!

Want to make those moves each time? Check out the Techniques page for tips on gaining sweet momentum!

Costa Rica!!!

It’s confirmed! We’ll be in Costa Rica as guest instructors with the Esprit Crew and Jim Coffey Dec 31 2016 – Jan 7th 2017. We’re booking our tickets today. Wanna join us? Check out the site for itinerary, lodging and if your a group of 5 or more there’s a discount!
Can’t wait!

http://www.riversandrainforest.com/#!about1/c10c9

Spring has Sprung!!!

Well, it’s trying to anyway.  It IS still March after all!

Andrew and I have been planning for the coming paddling season and will be updating the calendar page shortly. This year will see us going to the Yough, Madawaska, Wausau Wisconsin, Alberta, Manitoba and Vermont (just to name a few).   Looking forward to doing another cross Canada trip!

We’ll post information as we get it.

Paddle safe!

Carole

A Successful ACA 2015 NORAMS!

With about 80 slalom paddlers, clear warm weather, 5 days of water releases, a delicious banquet dinner, and many generous volunteers making it all happen, the 2015 ACA North American Open Canoe Slalom Championships was deemed a huge success. This was no doubt because it attracted such wonderful people, canoeists from all over, to an annual event that highlights great paddling, camaraderie and exciting slalom competition. Seeing old friends, making new ones and sharing the passion for the sport drives events like our slalom race, and as is our custom, many are already looking forward to next year’s race.

All seem to agree that this year’s race on the Madawaska River proved highly entertaining by providing both a challenging race course, and, a true downriver competition with current from the top to the bottom of the run. Whatever stands out in your memory, be it the surf to gate 12 or perhaps a dry line in Staircase, we hope that with the race behind us, that your recollections are positive and bring a smile as you recall your week at MKC.

Many thanks go out to the MKC team for supporting the administration of the event, preparing a wonderful banquet dinner and supporting the race activities.  Special thanks to Claudia Van Wijk for agreeing to hosting the race, freeing up MKC from its weekly instructional business so that we could have the site all to ourselves, was a treat for all attending slalom canoeists.

And finally, Carole and I would like to repeat our strong appreciation to all those who helped us run the race. As you no doubt will recall (if you were present at our awards ceremony) there were many, many generous folks that worked hard behind the scenes to make this event happen. Organizing the race was an enjoyable task in large part because it drew together a dedicated group of paddlers and friends who committed to doing one or more of the many tasks needed to host this race. If anyone out there is thinking of taking a turn in the future, I recommend it – supporting the paddling community maybe the heart of the job, but the memories and satisfaction may stick with you forever.

Looking forward to our next slalom event, so long for now.

NORAMS coming soon!!!

So if your wondering what we’ve been up to, updating this webpage wasn’t one of them! Andrew and I have been planning/organizing/having loads of fun! (truly) the ACA NORAMS coming to MKC. Here’s the link to the webpage and Face Book page:

www.opencanoeslalom.com

https://www.facebook.com/opencanoeslalom

NOC2006Andrew

 

 

ACA OC Slalom Update

The FB page for the 2015 ACA Open Canoe Slalom Nationals & North American Championships is now official! We’ll post info as we get it. A website is also being created as we speak!!

Wausau AW BH

2015 ACA Nationals (NORAM) on the Madawaska!!

Attention open canoers, this year the ACA North American Open Canoe Slalom Championships (NORAM) will be held at the Madawaska Canoe Centre in Barry’s Bay Ontario Canada. Race dates are July 22 – 24. Come earlier to partake in other paddling opportunities, or stick around afterward, the water is warm and levels in the area of Ontario will be great!

This family friendly slalom race spans the whole white-water canoeing community, novice to well-seasoned, North American to beyond, with two weeks of slalom courses and clinics, local river runs, practice time and, of course, the race itself.

MKC is home to one of the best slalom courses available anywhere, with warm water rushing through 25 gates, more the 70 practice eddies throughout the run, class II – III channels, all with a mature mixed forest backdrop to the rocky shoreline. The downriver run travels 5 km through nearly continuous white-water with rapids ranging in difficulty from class I to III.

If you have not yet visited MKC, check out their website.  www.owl-mkc.ca/mkc  It features a spectacular deck ringed chalet/dining room, boutique and coffee bar, log sauna, lodge rooms, dorms and cabanas, plus camping for 150+ paddlers. Delicious meal plans are available during the event so you can put all your energy into paddling then wind down on the deck with fellow paddlers in the evening.

Race classes are divided into categories for men, women, mixed, juniors and offer runs through both the slalom course and also the 5 km downriver event. If you are new to slalom the Citizen class attracts those who have not competed before and want to give racing a try. There are many Recreational classes for plastic canoes with some classes offering up some stiff competition. Then, there is the Race class with arguably the fastest boats, the glass race canoes.

In addition to the slalom race, all are invited to join in some local river runs prior to and after NORAM. Local sections of the Madawaska River offer more class I – III white-water runs. An hour and half away is the mighty Ottawa River with its famous class III middle channel and pumping class IV main Channel. Also worth visiting are the Petawawa, Gatineau and Rouge Rivers.

If more paddling variety is needed, maybe for family members not into canoeing, rafting on the Madawaska River at MKC the week prior is perfect for a float trip. Or, to up the adrenaline, rafting with OWL (MKC’s sister company) on the Ottawa River is spectacular.

Stay tuned for more information.

So, come join the canoeing fun! Race, paddle, meet new friends, catch up with old friends – this is going to be a great event!

See you there,

Carole and Andrew Westwood