This short film from canoeist Bill Mason shows how to read the rapids and plan a course and follow it, with complete control of the boat, using the basic paddling strokes. Running rapids will always be a calculated risk, but risk diminishes with skill and knowledge. The strokes can be used in endless combination to reduce the risks of whitewater canoeing and increase the sheer joy and exuberance.
Ages 12 to 17
Physical Education - Fitness
Physical Education - Outdoor Education
White-water rafting is a thrilling sport, have a discussion and ask students if they'd be willing to make such an adventure. Would they feel safer if they were with a partner? Use the following website as a guide for a journal writing assignment for the class. After watching the video the students will have to pretend they have been on a white-water rafting trip with a partner. They will use the website and the knowledge they have gained from Bill Mason's documentary to answer questions about their experience. Students should refer to some of the techniques Bill Mason teaches.