Canoe Traditional Skills (poling, lining, tracking)

If you would like to learn more about how to move your canoe upstream and downstream using ropes or a pole then this one day course will give you all the information you need to know. Whether you need a refresher day or are starting from scratch, we can teach you the skills you will need and these can be tailored around you current knowledge to allow you to build on your own experience and learn some new skills. The traditional canoe skills of tracking and lining (using ropes) and poling and snubbing (using a pole) can be very useful when out on the river. For example, if you get to a rapid or a weir that you cannot paddle down it is much quicker and easier to line your boat down with a rope than to have to carry everything and portage round the obstacle, or sometimes you might want to use a short upstream section that is a connection between two lakes on a canoe expedition this is when it would be best to stand up and get your pole out!

You will learn about how to use ropes and poles to develop a range of strategies and techniques for traveling upstream and downstream and about the equipment you will need to do this. This one day course will be guided by what you would like to learn, but could include some of the following elements:

  • Equipment
  • Trim
  • Edge control
  • Upstream techniques (tracking and polling)
  • Downstream techniques (lining and snubbing)

Price = £150 per day (group discount rates available)
Please contact us for more information and to arrange a course date that suits you.


The are no dates for this, but if you are interested please get in touch.