2016 Cameron Smedley and Michael Tayler

2016 Cameron Smedley and Michael Tayler

Minden Wild Water Preserve

WO Access and Preservation

36th Annual Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race

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Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) Kayak Instructor Certification


CKC Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Program

The Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) Whitewater Kayak Instructor program is the nationally recognised certification for whitewater kayaking.

The CKC program is part of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The NCCP is ran by the Coaching Association of Canada and offers qualifications in many different sports.

The program also operates in tandem with Paddle Canada qualifications - when you obtain a CKC qualification you automatically gain the equivalent Paddle Canada qualification.


The NCCP Kayaking qualifications are:

  • Pool Kayak Instructor – Qualifies instructor to lead a pool kayaking session. Ideal entry point for new instructors. No need to have a background in paddling. Well suited to lifeguards. Instructs the basics to new paddlers including propulsion, basic strokes and wet-exits.
  • Lake Kayak Instructor – Qualifies instructor to lead and instruct paddlers on lakes. Demonstrates and instructs rolling, edging and basic strokes to new paddlers to prepare them for whitewater.
  • River Kayak Leader 2 – Qualifies leader to lead intermediate paddlers down class 1-2 rivers.
  • River Kayak Instructor 2 –  Instructor instructs intermediate paddlers on class 1-2 rivers.
  • Whitewater Kayak Leader 3 – Qualifies leader to lead paddlers on class 3 whitewater.
  • Whitewater Kayak Instructor 3 – Instructor instructs advanced paddlers on class 3 whitewater.


Each qualification is a prerequisite for the next.

Paddlers must be 16 year of age to can gain trained status and 18+ to gain certified status.

To obtain an NCCP sport qualification all participants must pass the Making Ethical Decisions module, this can be taken online.


Ontario course dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • Pool and Lake Instructor                  June 3/4
  • Level 2 Leader/ Instructor                June 5-9
  • Level 3 Leader/Instructor                 June 19-23 (held on the Ottawa river)

All courses are organized by the Madawaska Kanu Centre.


The two-day Pool and Lake Instructor course is based at MKC but held on a local lake. Evaluation is held during the weekend.

The level 2 five day course combines both the leader and instructor qualifications into one course. The course is held on the Madawaska river and includes the end of course evaluation.

The level 3 course combines both the leader and instructor qualification along with the evaluation. The 5-day course is held on the Ottawa river and is based at the Owl Rafting Resort.


For further information about these courses contact the Madawaska Kanu Centre.

If you want to know more about how the CKC program works, or want to run a CKC course for your club, contact your WO Director of Instruction Andy Parry


Rapid Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race

Always the first weekend after Labour Day on the Gull River at the Minden Wild Water Preserve.

Results for previous races can be found on the Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race Results page.

2016 will be the 36th anniversary of the race. For more information please see the 36th Annual Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race page

bulldog-sf-slalom"Some people mark the start of the fall season with the Labour Day weekend, closing the cottage or the start of school. For me in recent years, it has been the Gull race. The event really works for me – the right combination of challenge, competition and just hanging out." - David Draper

The Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race is held annually at the Minden Wildwater Preserve, near Minden, Ontario. The race draws canoeists from all over Ontario and often from other provinces as well as the U.S.

What is a Slalom Race?

The slalom course consists of a series of 18 to 24 gates. Competitors are timed and must negotiate the gates in their numerical order, with time penalties added for touching or missing gates.zoom-oc-slalom

Want to Register?

Those considering competing should be solid intermediate or advanced paddlers with several years of experience in class III whitewater. Open canoes are dedicated whitewater canoes with outfitting and flotation. Registration takes place at the race site on Friday evening and Saturday morning and race bibs will be handed out then. There is no pre-registration.


Volunteers are always needed and happily welcomed for judging gates and helping at race control or finish. No experience is necessary as volunteers are thoroughly briefed on the various jobs.


The Gull River has easy access on the road side and offers great viewing, with some exciting river features and excellent paddlers. Come out and cheer on the racers!


The Town of Minden is about 2.5 hrs. north east of Toronto on highway 35. The Preserve is located approximately 7 kilometers north east of Minden on the Gull River via Country Rd. 20. Turn South onto Bethel Road and cross the single lane stone bridge.

The Minden Wild Water Preserve is privately owned and operated by Whitewater Ontario for the use of its members.

The Preserve's 100 acres include:
* well drained campsites with picnic tables and fire pits
* large and small picnic shelters
* indoor and outdoor washroom facilities
* hot and cold running water
* trails for hiking, biking or cross country skiing

For further information about the Preserve please see the Minden Wild Water Preserve page.

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