Paddlecopia 2018

Join us for a fun day of courses, boat demos and SUP polo. This year Paddlecopia’s title sponsor is Jackson Kayaks. Eric Jackson (more commonly known as EJ) himself will be on site teaching kayak fishing courses! Check out the course schedule below.

EJ will also be introducing Blue Sky Boatworks his new peddle drive fishing boat company. Combining the advantages of a peddle drive kayak with the advantages of a bass boat!


  • Courses: $50 for 3 1.5 hour courses and includes lunch (All course equipment is provided, participants must be 18 or older) Course Registration are now closed but feel free to join us for the boat demos sup polo and other presentations.
  • Boat Demos: Free
  • SUP Polo: Free
  • Blue Sky Boatworks Presentation: Free



  • Only those registered for courses get lunch.
  • Vegetarian options will be available.


Trailhead Demo Center in Carp – Click to get directions


Course Schedule:

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9:00 amCourse Full Intro to SUPCourse Full Intro to KayakingCourse Full Basic Solo Canoeing with Becky Mason and Reid McLachlan
10:30 amCourse Full SUP FitnessCourse Full Intermediate SUPCourse Full Intermediate KayakCourse Full Learn to RollCourse Full Basic Tandem Canoeing with Becky Mason and Reid McLachlanBlue Sky Boatworks Presentation with Eric Jackson (Free)Compass & Map ReadingHow to buy a SUP (Free)
12:00 pmSUP Racing TechniquesCourse Full Intro to KayakingCourse Full Intermediate KayakKayak fishing with Eric JacksonCompass & Map ReadingChoosing the right paddle with Werner Paddles (Free)
1:30 pmCourse Full SUP Buoy Turns & FootworkCourse Full Intermediate SUPCourse Full Intermediate KayakCourse Full Kayak RescueCourse Full Tandem Manoeuvres with Becky Mason and Reid McLachlanSup TrippingHow to buy a kayak (Free)
3:00 pmCourse Full SUP YogaCourse Full SUP Racing TechniquesCourse Full Kayak RescueCourse Full Learn to Roll with Eric JacksonBackcountry CookingWhat to wear on the water with Kokatat (Free)
4:30 pmCourse Full SUP YogaGreenland RollKayak RescueSUP Fun Race (Free)

Course Description:

Intro to SUP In this course you will learn the basic skills of how to mount, dismount and maneuver your board safely all while giving you the confidence and basic strokes you need to tackle the water. Walk away with the knowledge to safely carry your board as well as sizing your paddle.
SUP Fitness This course will introduce creative ways to improve your fitness through core strengthening, endurance and balance exercises. The perfect blend of exercise and fun through a dynamic fitness routine challenging your core and coordination.
SUP Yoga Tone your core, build your stability and challenge your balance. SUP yoga will provide you with a ton of fun all while letting the stresses of the day float away from you.
SUP Bouy turns & foot work become more efficient in buoy turns and foot placement on board to increase your race time.
SUP Racing techniques Gain a variety techniques to increase your racing performance through racing strokes, buoy turns and various race start techniques.
Intermediate SUP builds on the skills and knowledge gained in Basic SUP while working on more advanced paddleboard skills
SUP Fun Race A chance to put your SUP skills to the test!
Intro to Kayak In this course you will learn from the beginning, from how to adjust your gear for a proper fit, to tips and tricks for smooth entities and exists. Become comfortable balancing your kayak while you learn the basic techniques for good boat control with basic paddle strokes.
Intermediate Kayak This course grows on the learning from Intro to Kayak with an introduction to edging in the kayak, low and high brace recoveries and draw strokes for moving your kayak sideways. Learn how and why rafting with other kayaks is an important tool.
Greenland Roll An introduction to Greenland paddling strokes and gentler rolling technique.
Kayak Rescue Participants in this course will learn the basics of self and assisted rescues; wet exits, two person assisted T-rescues, and self rescue with techniques to re-enter the kayak alone.
Learn to Roll Beginners can expect to learn the basic skills of rolling, including on land skills they can take home to help with their next attempts. Anyone who has the beginning skills will be helped to perfect their roll and begin to learn back deck roll skills.
Basic Solo Canoeing Learn the BASIC SOLO skills that will enable you to put your canoe exactly where you want it to go. Skills covered: forward and back paddling, pivots, sideslips and controlled stopping.
Basic Tandem Canoeing Discover the BASIC TANDEM SKILLS of efficient tandem canoeing. Learn strokes in both bow and stern, using MITH and communication.
Tandem Manoeuvres Apply your essential strokes, sync-up and paddle as a team doing TANDEM MANOEUVRES under power. Learn how to control your canoe with precision using on-water games and drills.
Kayak Fishing with EJ Learn the tips & tricks of Kayak fishing from one of the best in the business!
Backcountry Cooking Get tips and tricks on cooking a feast in the backcountry, hands on learning at it’s yummiest!
Compass & Map Reading An introduction to map reading, plotting points on a map, orienting a compass and setting a bearing using a compass.
SUP Tripping Tips & Tricks of how to take you and your SUP board on a grand adventure.
Choosing the right paddle How to choose the right paddle for you
What to wear on the water How to layer and what to wear in different types of paddling condition.
How to Buy a SUP Tricks of the trade on how to buy the best SUP for you.
How to buy a Kayak Tricks of the trade on how to buy the best Kayak for you.
Title Sponsor:
jackson kayak
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ticket Price:
Paddlecopia 3 Courses50.00
Paddlecopia 5 Courses80.00
Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229

Hosted By:
Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa Ontario K2A 1H1
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