Clinics

Paddlefest Clinics

These clinics are offered during and before Paddlefest and can be added directly to your Paddlefest registration. If you'd like to attend a clinic, add it to your Paddlefest registration by creating an account and/or logging in. If you haven't registered for Paddlefest yet, you can add clinics when you first register.

If a clinic is shown as 'Sold Out', contact us and we'll see if we can get you in.

NOTES

  • Many of the clinics are scheduled at the same time, so make sure that you don't double book yourself.
  • Equipment isn't necessarily provided for each clinic. Please read the descriptions carefully.
  • Some of the clinics are cash only and won't charge your credit card when you register. You will need to bring cash to the clinic.
  • For the 3-Day Youth Camps and the 2-Evening Adult Clinic, you'll need to register for an FSPC membership.
  • Registration for the week-long Shred clinic is done by contacting the instructor, Leif Anderson.

If you need help, please contact us.

YOUTH CLINICS

Kids Kayak Games

Saturday, August 4th 10:00am-11:30am. Ages 10 and under. Location: First bay at Mountain Portage Rapids.

Fun games with boats, balls, and toys for the smaller kids to splash around in the first bay. Typically 10 and under. Parents are encouraged to help out. Kids should be comfortable swimming. Bring life jackets if possible.

Prerequisits: Parent present, comfortable swimming.

Gear: Provided.

Price: Free with a registered adult paddler.

3-Day Youth River Camp- Level 1 (Pre-Paddlefest)

Tuesday, July 31st — Thursday, August 2nd 8:30am-12:30pm. Location: 39 McDougal Road.

Three days of river fun intended for youth with limited or no prior experience in river sports. We will be playing around with rafts, sups and kayaks while learning how to have fun while being safe in the current.

Note: Must also register as an FSPC member. (Additional one-time $30 fee.)

Prerequisites: Good swimmer.

Gear: Provided.

Max Participants: 6.

Price: $120.00

3-Day Youth River Camp- Level 2 (Pre-Paddlefest)

Wednesday, August 1st and Thursday, August 2nd 1:30pm-5:30pm, Friday, August 3rd 12:00pm-4:00pm. Location: 39 McDougal Road.

Intended for youth who have already participated in youth river programming but would like to increase their skills in kayaks and SUPs.

Note: Must also register as an FSPC member. (Additional one-time $30 fee.)

Prerequisites: Good swimmer, previous experience in a kayak.

Gear: Provided.

Max Participants: 6.

Price: $120.00

KAYAK CLINICS

First-Timers Introduction to Kayaking

Saturday, August 4th 10:00am-11:30am. Location: Meet at Conibear Park.

Required for first-timers to use kayaking equipment. You will learn the basics of kayaking and river safety, including the 'wet exit'.

Note: This clinic starts after the Paddler meeting and coincides with other clinics.

Gear: Provided.

Price: $0.00

Kayak Rolling Workshop

Saturday, August 4th 10:00am-11:30am. Location: Meet at Mountain Portage Rapids.

Intended for people who have been in a kayak before, but would like to start learning the kayak roll, or would like to troubleshoot their roll.

Important: For this clinic, you will need to pay cash on-site. Please still register online.

Gear: Provided.

Max Participants: 4.

Price: $30.00 (paid on-site)

2-Evening Adult Kayak Progression (Pre-Paddlefest)

Tuesday, July 31st and Wednesday, August 1st 6:30pm-10:00pm. Meets at 39 McDougal Road. Ages 15+.

Good for new or beginner kayakers to become more stable, efficient and comfortable paddling a kayak. Teens welcome.

Note: Must also register as an FSPC member. (Additional one-time $30 fee.)

Important: For this clinic you will need to pay cash on-site, please still register here.

Max Participants: 4

Price: $100.00 (paid on-site)

Week-Long Shred the Slave

Starts Sunday, July 29th 1:00pm. Ends Friday, August 3rd. Location: 129 Carls Drive.

Good for anyone with a solid roll that wants to progress their skills and explore the Slave River.

Prerequisites: Solid combat roll.

Gear: NOT Provided. (Can rent if FSPC member.)

Max Participants: 9.

Price: $750 with lodging, $675 alone.

PADDLEBOARD CLINICS

Intro to Paddleboarding- Level 1

Saturday, August 4th 10:00am-11:30am. Meets at Conibear Park after paddler meeting.

Intended for people who would like to learn to paddle board including proper stance and good paddling that will make you become more stable on the board.

Max Participants: 4.

Gear: Provided.

Price: $0.00

Paddleboarding in Current- Level 2

Friday, August 3rd 11:30am-2:30pm. Meets at the Boat Launch.

Intended for paddlers who are stable on a paddleboard in flatwater but would like to learn techniques for navigating currents while standing. This class ends at the flatwater Friday picnic, so be sure to bring a lunch!

Important: For this clinic, you will need to pay cash on-site. Please still register online.

Max Participants: 3.

Gear: NOT provided—BUT please contact us if this is a hindrance as we may be able to make arrangements.

Price: $60.00 (paid on-site)

Surfing on a Paddleboard

Saturday, August 4th 5:00pm-7:00pm. Location: Playground Rocks at Mountain Portage Rapids.

If you are comfortable and stable paddling a board in current but want some pointers on how to surf without falling off, then this course is for you! Departs from Playground Rocks at Mountain Portage Rapids, ends at Golf Course Restaurant.

Important: For this clinic you will need to pay cash on-site, please still register here.

Max Participants: 3.

Gear: NOT provided—BUT please contact us if this is a hindrance as we may be able to make arrangements.

Price: $60.00 (paid on-site)

CANOE CLINICS

First-Timers Introduction to Canoeing

Friday, August 3rd 10:30am-11:30am. Location: The Boat Launch.

Intended for folks interested in joining the flatwater canoe picnic but nervous about crossing the river due to limited or no experience with canoes, gear provided.

Gear: Provided.

Ages: 12+.

Price: $0.00

Tandem Canoe in Moving Water- Intro

Friday, August 3rd 11:30am-2:30pm. Location: The Boat Launch.

The aim of this clinic is to teach participants how to navigate a canoe across currents. Participants must come with their own canoes, a throw bag attached to the back of the canoe, and a painter line on the front. Bow, stern, and center bag flotation and thigh straps are a bonus but NOT required. Participants must have their own PFD, helmet, water clothing, water shoes, and be signed up for Paddlefest OR an FSPC member.

Max Participants: 6.

Gear: NOT provided—BUT please contact us if this is a hindrance as we may be able to make arrangements.

Price: $60.00

Canoe (and other craft) Excursion

Monday, August 6th 11:00am-5:00pm. Meets at the Museum.

We will be leading a river excursion for canoes (and other craft) through a section of the rapids. You must be comfortable navigating currents. An appropriate section of the Slave River will be determined based on participant skill and river water level. Free to Paddlefest paddlers and FSPC members.

Gear: NOT Provided. (Can rent if FSPC member.)

Ages: 12+.

Price: $0.00

MORE CLINICS COMING SOON

Instructional clinics will be offered again this year. We’re still working to confirm instructors, times, and other details, but clinic sign-ups are expected to be posted mid-July.