Adult Programs (Summer)

Introduction to Kayaking

This course will teach you all the basics of kayaking in a safe environment. The skills you develop in this course will help to prepare you for outdoor experiences whether it be on flat water or moving water. We go over the necessary gear and how to fit yourself in the equipment. You will learn the different types of strokes to help you maneuver your kayak safely in still and moving water. You will get more comfortable with your edges and being able to direct your kayak forwards, backwards, sideways. You will learn some river safety and how to manage getting in and out of eddies. We usually incorporate some kayak polo or playing with a ball at the end of the classes for fun and further practice on figuring out how to maneuver your boat.

We recommend this as the first course to take if you are new to kayaking. We do not focus on rolling in this course. Please inquire about our rolling/bracing course that is offered if there is enough interest.

We supply all the paddling equipment: kayak, paddle, spray deck, PFD.

Where: Rundle Park Paddling Centre
What: Novice adult introduction to kayaking course

  • Round 1: June 8, 15, 22, 29 (Wednesdays)
  • Round 2: July 6, 13, 20, 27 (Wednesdays)

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $180 (+$35 adult membership)

A couple things you should know for your first lesson:

  1. Equipment: we provide all the gear for you to participate in kayaking (kayak, paddle, PFD, spray deck.) But some items you should bring are: bathing suit and towel. Items you could bring depending on your personal comfort: water bottle, rash guard, warm top, long stretchy pants (spandex or neoprene). 
  2. Due to the pandemic, we will be following proper hygiene and distancing protocols throughout the lesson.

Looking forward to seeing you at our lessons!

To register for lessons, please click here to become a member. After registering, you will be able to sign up for lessons through your online account.

Introduction to Moving Water (Class I River)

Purpose: A course for novice paddlers wanting to practice kayaking on moving water. 

Prerequisite:  Completion of any of our introductory courses.

Content covered in 2 separate 2 hour sessions:

  • Cold water exposure risk (dryland)
  • Isolation effect (dryland)
  • River features and hazards (dryland)
  • Current and your boat (on river)
  • Ferries and eddy turns (on river)
  • Dealing with capsize

Course Cost:

$80 + $35 membership fee (includes basic equipment)

Note: Basic equipment includes: kayak, paddle, pfd, skirt and helmet

You need to bring:  farmer john/jane wetsuit, soft beach shoe or wetsuit boots,  polypropylene long sleeve sweater and windbreaker, and change of clothes.

Location and details:  North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton (EWP Clubhouse at Buena Vista Park and Quesnell Bridge). Meet at EWP Clubhouse in Buena Vista Park (off leash area) just north of Laurie Park (Valley Zoo). You must park your car and then walk through some of the off leash dog park to access the clubhouse. It is located just north of the Edmonton Rowing Club. Look for other large storage containers next to another building, the EWP clubhouse.  Bring all your gear and dry clothes. We are going paddling on the river!


  • Course 1:  Wed., April 27 (530 pm to 730) and Wed., May 4 (530 pm to 730 pm).
  • Course 2:  Wed., May 18 (530 pm to 730) and Wed., May 25 (530 pm to 730 pm)

To register for lessons, please click here to become a member. After registering, you will be able to sign up for lessons through your online account.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in Polo Night

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run drop in polo sessions from 7:00PM until sundown. These sessions tend to bring out our more advanced polo players, but we are happy to try and integrate paddlers who are interested in playing some kayak polo. You should have kayaking experience (ie. you have taken an intro course with us or have other experiences that have given you the skills/comfort to kayak independently). If you are a novice polo player, you should aim to attend Thursday rather than Tuesday.

Drop in Paddling

Thursday nights, we are offering some open paddling sessions (non-polo) from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. Feel free to use this as an opportunity to practice skills that you learn from the lesson programming.

Members are welcome to access the club gear and independently paddle around to work on building your kayaking skills. Keep in mind that lesson groups have a priority on the usage of the equipment. 

EWP membership is required to paddle and to use the club equipment.

Outdoor drop in session are FREE with purchase of annual membership ($35 for adults).

Membership payment must be made before getting on the water.

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Canoe Kayak Polo

EWP provides the opportunity to get involved in the exciting team sport known as Canoe (Kayak) Polo at any age and competition level. Members can transition to polo from our various lessons, and the club hosts several opportunities to drop in and play or participate in tournaments throughout the year. EWP is the premier Canoe Polo club in Canada. Click the button below to find out more.

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