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Venturer Mini-Whitewater 1

Event Status

Registration Open

Event Location

Madawaska River

Event date

06/01/2018 - 7:00pm - 06/03/2018 - 3:00pm

Event Description

Venturer Whitewater 1

Hosted by Voyageur Council VAF

Cost: $110 + HST plus equipment rental of $50 + HST, if required

Registration deadline: May 1, 2018 when payments need to be collected by the Council Office

Payment method:credit, debit, cheque or cash

The main canoeing course will be a Level 2 course.  But this small WW1 course will run at the same time.  Level 1 participants will train at Palmer Rapids on both days.

Professional instruction will be given by Paddler Co-op of Palmer Rapids.  There will be 1 instructor for 4 canoes.

This Level 1 course will be comparable to the main WW1 course on the previous weekend.  It is designed for those who absolutely cannot make it to the Petawawa course, or for those whose other company members are taking WW2 or kayaking.

Level 1 is suitable for novice canoeists.  However, they MUST take a FREE flat water skills pre-training and white water safety session.  A pre-training course is scheduled for 10:30 am on April 29 at Camp Opemikon.  Some canoes, paddles & PFDs will be available from the camp. Register Now for the Pre-training

There will be ample opportunity to practice at these courses - each participant will have a seat in a canoe available at all times and there will be a maximum number of participants.  Venturer companies are expected to bring or rent a sufficient number of white water canoes.

Priority will be given to Venturers and advisors from Voyageur Council.  If space permits, Joint Council units and other Scouting members will be considered.  The course is not open to members of the general public.

Paddler Co-op will rent white water canoes  for $50 per person (plus tax) for the weekend. This rental fee includes the paddles, PFDs and helmets.

You may bring your own canoes, but be certain they are suitable for white water (normally, this means ABS, at least 16 feet long). Each must have a bailer.  PADDLER CO-OP DOES NOT WANT PAINTERS ON THE CANOES.  Wooden paddles are not recommended.  You may also be able to rent one of the 7 Camp Opemikon white water canoes. These canoes rent for $40 for the weekend, and can be booked using the standard Opemikon booking form  through, the warden

The Opemikon canoes come with float bags, but no paddles or other accessories.  Lastly, you might be able to make a deal with another Venturer company which is not using all of their canoes.  YOU MUST MAKE THESE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO BOOKING WITH PADDLER CO-OP.  There are NO REFUNDS.

You will spend both days at Palmer Rapids, a very good and exciting rapid for training.  It is a 15-minute paddle from the campsite at Paddler Co-op.

All groups must be self-contained for camping and food.  Camping will be at Paddler Co-op in the village of Palmer Rapids.  Each group must be self-sufficient; there will be no camp mug-up or formalities.

Groups should arrive at camp on Friday evening.  A map accompanies this information.  A Scouts Canada sign will be set up at the side of the road.  Be sure to register shortly after your arrival.

For more information, including Requirements, Registration, Rules, and What to Bring, please visit:

Questions? Please email Bill Bowman at

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