Pinawa Channel, just over one hour from Winnipeg, is one of the most scenic paddling day trips in the province and is also an excellent introduction to slow moving water for stand up paddleboarding. Along our way we will pass under a suspension bridge and have the opportunity to view ducks, eagles, and rare trumpeter swans.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous this is the trip for you. Try running the small class 1 rapids on your SUP to test your balance. A short portage trail is also available for those who do not wish to run the small rapids. Our final destination will be the Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Historic Park, where we can walk along the ruins and swim in the waterfalls.
Paddle with our professional guides and learn or improve your stand up paddleboarding skills along the way.
- Prerequisites: Successful completion of our Basic SUP course or equivalent skill and knowledge. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
- 4:1 student to instructor ratio: Giving you the best in personalized instruction and feedback.
- All technical paddling gear: Stand up paddleboard, adjustable paddle, PFD, and whistle. You are welcome to bring and learn on your own paddling gear if you have it (please note course fees remain the same).
Please see the Gear and Clothing tab for a list of what you are required to bring.
Course Cancellation: It is rare that we cancel a session due to weather considerations however we will do so if, in our judgement, the conditions are dangerous or are likely to present a poor learning environment.
- We will meet at the Hardcore Surf and Paddleboard Company (211 Pacific) at 9:00 AM. This will give you ample time to organize your gear, arrange carpooling, and ask any questions you may have.
- Paddle Distance – approximately 11 km (from the Pinawa Golf Club to the Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Historic Park).
- Your guide will provide pointers on many topics that may include: how to increase your forward efficiency, paddling posture and conditioning for longer distances, basic current and river features. There is never a shortage of topics to discuss or things to work on. This paddle will have an informal feel to it so come ready to ask any questions to your guide that you may be working on or wishing to improve at the time.
Gear and Clothing
We provide the technical paddling gear that you will need appropriate to the course as part of your course costs:
- Brand name paddleboards by Badfish, Boardworks, Blue Planet, Red Paddle.
- Adjustable paddle, leash, PFD, signal whistle, throwbag, helmet.
- You are welcome to bring and learn on your own paddling gear if you have it. (Please note course fees remain the same.)
You will need to bring your own personal gear and clothing for the session:
- Cold water immersion clothing is a must. As a minimum we recommend a shorty style neoprene wetsuit or one-piece neoprene paddle top combined with neoprene shorts or leggings.
- For warmer season/conditions: quick-dry or warm-when-wet outdoor athletic gear. Think paddle tops, rashguards, breathable hiking layers, merino wool, boardshorts ,athletic swimwear.
- Insulating layers, weatherproof shell layers.
- Towel and warm, dry change of clothes (just in case!)
- Secure protective footwear such as water shoes, paddle shoes, neoprene paddle/surf booties or sport sandals.
- Headwear: sun hat, toque (warm hat), sunglasses with straps.
- Any personal first aid, medications, sunscreen etc.
- Waterproof and floatable camera.
- Small dry bag to store your gear
- Food for the day, high energy snacks, drinking water.
- Thermos with hot drink for cool days.
Course Date & Time
July 23, 2017
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