Canoe Poling

Painting: by Philip Russell Goodwin (1881-1935)The Canoe Poling programs cover the unique skills and knowledge to successfully navigate your canoe not by paddle - but by pole. The program emphasizes balance and boat control while teaching participants the necessary skills and knowledge to safely pole to their destination.

Select from the program titles listed below to learn more about the requirements for each level of the Paddle Canada National Canoe Poling Program:

Skill Level Programs

Canoe Poling Skills Introduction
Canoe Poling Skills Intermediate
Canoe Poling Skills Advanced

Instructor Level Programs

Canoe Poling Instructor Solo
Canoe Poling Instructor Intermediate Solo
Canoe Poling Instructor Advanced Solo

Instructor Trainer Programs

Canoe Poling Instructor Trainer Solo
Canoe Poling Instructor Trainer Intermediate Solo
Canoe Poling Instructor Trainer Advanced Solo


Find a Course Near You

To Register for a Skill Course: simply contact the Course Director / Organization and register with them.

To Register for an Instructor Course: 

  1. Contact the Course Director / Organization and register with them first.
  2. Register yourself as an instructor candidate member with Paddle Canada here; if you are an existing member or a past skill course participant please login to your account and follow the Instructor Candidate link there. Contact the office if unsure of your account details and verify email and retrieve password. If you are brand new to PC, then proceed to the Instructor Candidate form.

Age Requirements: There are no age restrictions for any Skill Courses except at the discretion of the Course Director please check with them. For all instructor courses there is a minimum age of 16 yrs of age. 

Paddlers are also taught the Leave No Trace principles for active environmental awareness and protection in order to help ensure that we can all continue to enjoy Canada's many waterways and wilderness for years to come.

Please forward any questions, comments, concerns and feedback on Paddle Canada's National Canoe Programs to the Paddle Canada Canoe Program Development Committee.


Paddle Canada Canoe Poling Clinic at the Atlantic Symposium 2011Canoe poling lesson.


Student Comments

  • I feel like I took away from the course what I was hoping I would take away. The small student-instructor ratio helped a lot in that not only did we have almost one-on-one instructions, but it also provided us with considerably more practice time while running the rapids. Thumbs up for all three instructors! Sven Hafemeister, StudentMoving Water Canoe Skills Intermediate Tandem
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