PLACES WE PADDLE
Lakes provide a great place for those looking to get out and have a leisurely paddle as well as those looking to learn the basics of moving a personal craft with minimal risk. This includes how to get into the boat properly, proper paddling strokes, balancing techniques, and what to do in the event of a capsize. The RCC does a majority of its flatwater paddling at Crimson and Twin lakes just a 10-minute drive NW of Rocky Mountain House.
For those looking to get more excitement from paddling the RCC regularly paddles class 1 and 2 sections of the North Saskatchewan River. This is for more advanced paddlers and requires flat water experience to attend due to the increase of hazards. River paddling is a great way to learn how water moves and how to navigate it safely. The NSR is also home to the Brierley's, a series of waves that provide an excellent playground for those looking to develop advanced skills in surfing a short drive from RMH. Along with the NSR, the RCC also makes trips to other rivers including the Kananaskis and the Red Deer Rivers.
When the outside water freezes over it doesn't mean we stop paddling. The RCC makes it through the winter months by playing around in the Rocky Aquatic Centre. This provides an excellent opportunity for paddlers to fine-tune their skills in a warm and safe environment so they are ready to hit the open water in the spring!