The water was quite low for this time of year, but that didn't stop our crew. The first day we started with a few eddy turns, followed by some s-turns, ferries, a blast down the lower set and finally a swim through the rapids. This was followed by some great meals around the fire. The tone was set for the next two days.
On Tuesday morning the crew was officially welcomed to the whitewater paddling community when they got to put their cold and wet wetsuits back on. Always a pleasant experience. With some water put down into the wetsuit booties and a couple of running around games, we were first on the water to practice the skills learned on the previous day. The students really started to push their skills, with good results and only a few tipped canoes. This set us up for a detailed scout of the lower set of rapids, as the students started to plan their own routes through the rapids. This was followed by a very successful run.
After lunch, the afternoon was spent learning how to rescue a swimmer (of course there had to be some swimming done) and surfing in the lower set. The surfing at times became a battle of the fittest, until it became a Cirque de Soleil with people switching canoes while on the wave. At the end of the day, when all other groups had already packed it in, our group took on the challenge of the technical upper set of rapids. Another fantastic day.
The ride home summed up the 3 days perfectly, as the Madawaska Highlands provided us with a magical display of Fall colours. By far the best I have seen in years.