Intermediate Canoeing Clinics

Intermediate Canoeing Clinics in Massachusetts

Ever feel like you're paddling hard, but getting nowhere? Our intermediate canoeing clinics will give you the techniques and confidence to move up the canoeing learning curve!

Let our playboating “efficiency experts” teach you to gain confidence in ferries and eddy turns on Class II and III whitewater as well as introducing advanced paddling moves such as wave and hole surfing, s-turns, and jet ferries. By the end of your clinic you should be strategically planning whitewater moves and canoeing harder water with less effort. Participants must be able to perform eddy turns, peel outs, and ferries in Class II water and self rescue as needed. This clinic can be taken by either tandem or solo canoeists.

Although we currently don't have any dates schedualed please call our office at 800-532-7483 or go to our custom clinics page and we'll help set-up this course to your schedule.  Book with friends and save!

What To Expect & How to Prepare

Goal of the clinic:

To help class II and intermediate whitewater canoeists move to the next level of the sport and begin to explore whitewater moves on a higher class of whitewater.

Who should take the clinic:

To take this clinic you should have taken a Class II clinic at Zoar Outdoor or elsewhere and paddled on class II whitewater enough that you feel comfortable with eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and self-rescues. Our minimum age for this clinic is 14

What will be covered:

After a review of basic strokes and whitewater moves, we will introduce or improve upon a few advanced strokes such as the Duffek, bracing strokes and cross strokes. We will then head out to whitewater where we will aggressively work on fine tuning eddy turns, peel outs and ferries, concentrating especially on entering micro-eddies, peeling out into fast current, and ferrying across difficult jets of water. We will also introduce attaining drops and wave and hole surfing. Come prepared to discuss your specific goals or trouble spots in your paddling. The more information you can provide the better the instructor can tailor your clinic.

Trip Details

A Typical Paddling Day

Your clinic will meet at our base in Charlemont, Ma. at 9:00 AM.   The clinic will start on time, so please be prompt.  Complimentary hot drinks will be available upon your arrival. Your clinic will come to an end at about 5:00 PM.

On most clinics you will spend the morning on flatwater learning or fine tuning paddling strokes. In the afternoon, you will usually paddle a section of whitewater. Because these are instructional clinics, your instructors will be encouraging you to push your physical and mental limits.

The number of students in your clinic may vary.  We have a maximum student-to-instructor ratio of 4:1 and a maximum clinic size of 12 students.

You will be spending somewhere between four to five hours in your boat.  To prepare you will want to stretch your thighs hamstrings and torso (back, stomach, shoulders and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes, and you will be more comfortable in your boat. 


What should I wear?

While some of the flatwater areas we use are quite warm in June, July and August, the Deerfield River is always cool, regardless of the time of year or air temperature. When packing your paddling clothes, please plan accordingly, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September and October). Our clinics will run rain or shine.

Wear items such as :

  • synthetic long underwear, garments made of plypropylene, capilene, or some polyester/spandex blend.
  • fleece or wool socks
  • bathing suit
  • fleece or wool jacket/sweater (early/late season or if you tend to chill easily)

Other items to bring.

  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • retaining strap for glasses
  • nose plugs
  • towel
  • required medications
  • extra money for snacks, t-shirts, or coin operated showers.

Zoar Outdoor will provide:

  •  boat
  •  wetsuit
  •  paddle jacket
  •  booties
  •  life jacket
  •  helmet
  •  paddle
  •  sprayskirt

We provide a catered picnic-style lunch on all our clinics.  Typical lunches include homemade rolls, sliced turkey, ham or other meats, sliced cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, chips, salsa, hummus, pasta or other salad, cookies or other dessert and hot and cold drinks.  

The following statement is required by state law: "Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy."

We do not use nuts in our food, but can not guarantee that the ingredients in our meals do not contain nuts or other food allergens. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs, we strongly suggest you bring your own bag lunch in non-glass containers and we will pack it with the other lunches on your trip. Please inform our office at 800 532-7483 or if you intend to do this.

(If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks.)

Getting Here

From Boston:

  • Take Route 2 west. Where Route 2 merges with Interstate 91 in Greenfield, take 91 south, but be sure to exit again onto Route 2 west at the next exit (exit 26).
  • Zoar Outdoor is about 17 miles west of this exit. We’re based in a red colonial on the north side of the road. Look for the blue, white and green sign.
  • Driving time from downtown approximately 2 1/2 hours.

From New York City:

  • Take Interstate 95 north to Interstate 91 north.
  • Take exit 26 in Massachusetts and follow Route 2 west for about 17 miles. We’re based in a red colonial on the north side of the road. Look for the blue, white and green sign.
  • Driving time from Manhattan approximately 3 1/2 - 4 hours, depending upon traffic.

From Albany, New York:

  • Take Route 2 east through North Adams.
  • Continue past North Adams and over the mountain, about 20 miles. Our base is the red house on the north side of Route 2 on the western outskirts of the town center. Look for the blue, white and green sign.
  • Driving time approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Additional Information

Shop Discount

At the start of your clinic you will get two shop discount cards good for two weeks from the date of your clinic. One card entitles you to 10% off accessories in our Outfitters Shop. The second card entitles you to a $50.00 discount off a boat purchase. All boat purchases come with free outfitting and 10% off accessories in the Outfitters Shop for the next year.

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