SPRING 2018 | 7th & 8th Grade

Travel by canoe is in Maine’s DNA. Starting with the Abenaki, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes through to the present day, canoe tripping in Maine’s rivers and lakes areas has been a source of commerce, sustenance and recreation for over 10,000 years. This 6-week course is designed to teach the basics of canoeing that will build up to a multi-day, whitewater canoe trip in the Maine wilderness. 

The Spring Run off program consists of 12 hands on training sessions (2 per week) taught in the field that will prepare each student with technical skills, preparedness and basic knowledge of canoeing. The training sessions will start with foundational skills such as paddle strokes, steering and how to communicate with your paddle partner and progress to more advanced skills such as capsize rescue techniques and portaging (carrying canoes).

To facilitate a safe and happy trip the course will build upon environmental awareness, leave no trace ethics, ecology, route navigation, back-country cooking and other essential skills important for safety and fun on a multi-day trip. This is invaluable knowledge that can be applied to any trip into the Maine wilderness.

      Course skills

Paddle strokes and steering

Self rescue and team rescue 

Navigation and route planning

Expedition-Menu Planning

Leave no trace ethics


Meal planning and back-country cooking