Frequently Asked Questions

What is the service fee for?

We are privileged to be paddling on some of Canada’s most pristine waterways on crown land and park land. In order for the country to keep these natural resources pristine and clean for future users, each customer of Adventure Paddle School needs to pay a user fee per day of use. Thank you for doing your part in keeping Canada beautiful!

Will I have to sign a waiver form?

Yes. Everyone has to sign a waiver form to partake in any Adventure Paddle School lessons or tours. If someone is under the age of 18 years, they will need a parent/guardian to sign as well. To view a copy of the waiver form before arriving for your course, click the Following Link.

What rivers do the whitewater kayakers paddle?

The whitewater kayakers have a variety of rivers to paddle from easy to challenging in the Columbia Valley. These rivers include; the Columbia River, the Toby Creek, the Kootenay River, the Kickiing Horse River and more. Most rivers are no longer than 30 minutes drive from the meeting area. Courses at the intermediate level may require us to drive up to 2 hours.

Because we have to drive to these rivers and set up shuttles, we work with our students to make this happen. There will always be one APS shuttle vehicle, and one student vehicle. Setting up shuttles is a learning outcome of all our river courses. 

Can I try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) if I have never before?

Of course! We encourage people to try it ESPECIALLY if you have never done it before. We would recommend you start with the SUP morning lesson to get a handle on how to stand up, how to maneuver your board and how to get back on when you fall off (because it will happen!). We also give you many safety tips that will help you when you decide to go out on your own.

Can I try whitewater kayaking if I have never before?

Of course! Whitewater kayaking is an amazing sport that can get you to places you would have never seen before. We recommend taking a 1 Day Wannabee or the Roll Clinic to get into it. The 2 day is good for people who don’t have much time, or aren’t sure if their physical stamina can endure 4 days of kayaking. You will learn the basics and get to paddle a few small rapids but might not necessarily be ready to go out on your own.

The 4 day is good for people who want to get into the sport and paddle many class II rapids to solidify their newly acquired skills. By the end of this course you will feel fairly confident on a class II river but will still need guidance by other kayakers with more experience.