Canoeing Course

Learn the basics of canoeing

Ruokolahti, Finland
Available in Finnish and English
2 hours
6 spots per experience
April - December

What are we going to do

Canoeing is a varied form of exercise. By the water you will forget about everyday things and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the waters. The body and mind relax by the water.

A kayaking course is a great way to start a new hobby. During the course, you will learn the basics of kayaking and navigating on the waters safely. We go through the kayaking equipment and practice the basic techniques.

Discover Saimaa’s Canoeing Course follows the recommendations of the Finnish Canoeing and Rowing Association. The aim of the course is to give you the ability to safely continue independent practice and start planning your own enjoyable kayaking trips.

Course program:

• On the beach we go through the equipment and security.
• Entering and exiting the kayak.
• Canoeing forward and backward with the right technique and stopping the kayak.
• Kayaking with different techniques.
• Moving sideways with a kayak.
• On the beach, we go through how to act when a kayak crashes.

The price includes:

• Written material in advance
• Guidance
• Loan kayak
• Paddle
• Opening cover
• Kayaking vest

We keep the group size small (2-6 pers.), allowing course participants to receive more individual instruction. Private guidance also for groups. Gather your own group and ask for more!

Director: Canoeing Instructor Taru

Contact us:
☎️ 041 313 6868

About Discover Saimaa - the Doer

Discover Saimaa operates from Imatra in the southern Saimaa region. Discover Saimaa is a 100% Finnish company. Discover Saimaa organizes trips and events and offers services. We organize nature adventure trips, bike rides, canoe trips, cultural cycling, etc. In the autumn we also organize mushroom and berry trips and in the winter we can be found amongst the snow activities.

Our "office" is in nature, by Lake Saimaa. Nature itself is the largest activity center, open to all of us around the year. Nature is an empowering thing; it produces strength and energy, increases well-being and broadens our minds.

In nature tourism, we implement a responsible and sustainable tourism service. We operate in an environmentally responsible manner and are aware of the effects of our own operations on the environment. We strive to manage the environmental impact and pass on awareness to others.

The founder of Discover Saimaa is Taru Kaljunen. Taru is from Imatra, on the shores of Lake Saimaa. "The nurse's work took me to the metropolitan area, where I spent 20 years. The nature experience training gave me the enthusiasm to start my own company, Tarude Travels, which took me to the French Alps and the Italian Dolomites amongst ski hiking". Coronavirus drove Taru back to her hometown. Love to homeland and the enchantment of Saimaa were the key factors behind the creation of Discover Saimaa. What would be a better place to take nature tourism than the Saimaa region.

We listen our customers with a “sensitive ear” and fulfill their wishes whenever possible. You should ask for customized tours and events, as your wishes will probably come true!


Level of difficulty: easy.

No previous kayaking experience required. Minimum age 16 years (under 18-year-old participants need a parent’s consent).

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