Developing the fundamentals to lead a backcountry canoe trip
The Northwaters Leadership Program was designed to ensure the high quality and standards of our wilderness programs in the future—both within our organization and throughout the field of adventure based education. This course combines Northwaters’ emphasis on group work and personal growth with the fundamentals of leading a whitewater canoe trip.
Working in a supportive and encouraging environment, participants have the opportunity to experiment with their own leadership styles, share their knowledge and learn new skills related to leading wilderness expeditions.
Course topics include
- advanced map & compass
- environmental ethics
- advanced whitewater paddling
- whitewater rescue
- teaching techniques
- group development
- conflict resolution
Each year this trip is run on an advanced northern river and is open only to those who have completed our James Bay Trip or have equivalent whitewater/backcountry experience.
In the past this trip has been run on the Noire, Moisie, North Knife, Seal, Great Whale, Rupert, Winisk, and Hayes rivers.