Canoes and kayaks offer great recreational, nature and fitness experiences.

We serve paddling enthusiasts who are seeking

higher levels of knowledge and mastery in canoe and kayak through:

♦ Instructor Certification

♦ Instructor Development Workshops

♦ Advanced Skill Clinics and Assessments

♦ On-water Safety Clinics

Our commitment is to training those who will help others to have richer and safer paddling experiences.

Happy Paddling!


As avid paddlers and ACA Certified Instructor Trainers,

Jeff and Laura Liebel help people develop skills and confidence

on the water — in and out of their canoe or kayak.


Well known for their paired solo freestyle demos,

the Liebel’s have over 25 years of paddling experience – with kids, dogs and each other.

(find link to videos by clicking about us)

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Interested in developing your skills or becoming an instructor?
Check out our programs, or view our list of
recommended instructors, outfitters and boat builders.

Instructor Certification

The reasons to pursue certification are vastly different for each Instructor Candidate, however what every person takes away from the certification workshop is remarkably similar.

Assessments and Advanced Skill Development

Thinking about becoming an Instructor? The assessment process provides insight into your current skill level as defined by the American Canoe Association. Assessments are non-coaching sessions.

Skill Classes

We have combined our years of paddling and teaching experience with the ACA approved curriculum to design learning experiences that are fun, informative and challenging.

Recommended Industry Contacts

Over the years we have worked with and/or certified many people. Here is a list of those we highly recommend.


Adirondack Paddlefest

Adirondack Paddlefest

Saturday and Sunday May 19 – 21, 2017

Offering a schedule of Kids and Adult Kayak Clinics and an Adult Tandem Canoe Clinic

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BNRiverKeeper Instructor Certification

BNRiverKeeper Instructor Certification

Instructor Certification – Spring 2017!
Wekanu works with the Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER to certify several of their staff members as Level 1 Kayak Touring Instructors.

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PaddlesUp Niagara!

PaddlesUp Niagara!

July 29, 2017
Jeff and Laura from WeKaNu will provide tips on paddling skills, equipment and rescue/safety. Stop by and see us.

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  We are certified to develop instructors in

solo & tandem canoe, freestyle canoe & recreational/touring kayak

ACA Certified Instructor Trainers

♦  L3 Advanced Touring/Freestyle Canoe

♦  L2 Essentials Touring Canoe

♦  L2 Essentials Kayak Touring

Wekanu works with groups, individuals and organizations
in a flatwater paddling environment.

People always ask us, "where do you paddle"?

click to view the map to read more about the destinations and launch information

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  • Tonawanda Creek; Amherst Veteran’s Canal Park, Amherst, NY
  • Ellicott Creek; Ellicott Creek Park @ NF Blvd, Tonawanda, NY
  • Erie Canal; Wide Waters Marina, Lockport, NY
  • Buffalo River; Harlem Rd, W. Seneca, NY
  • Niagara River; Buckhorn St Park, Grand Island, NY
  • Niagara River; Beaver Island St Park, Grand Island, NY
  • Tonawanda Creek; West Canal Marina, Pendelton, NY
  • Tonawanda Creek; Sweeney St @ Robinson, No. Tonawanda, NY
  • 12 Mile Creek; Wilson-Tuscarora Park, Wilson, NY
  • 18 Mile Creek; Olcott-Newfane Boat Launch, Olcott, NY
  • Oak Orchard Creek (Iroquois Refuge); Knowlesville Rd, Waterport, NY
  • Oak Orchard; Rt. 63, Waterport, NY
  • Oak Orchard; Gravel & Scott Rd, Waterport, NY
  • Black Creek/Bergen Swamps; Rt. 36, Churchville Park, Churchville, NY
  • Genesee River; Turning Pt Park, Rochester, NY
  • Irondequoit Creek & Bay; Bay Creek Paddling Ctr, Penfield, NY
  • Salmon Creek; Rt 261 Manitou Rd, Braddock Bay, NY
  • Mendon Ponds; Mendon Ponds Park, Mendon, NY
  • Mudge Creek/East Bay; East Bay Rd, North Huron, NY
  • Sodus Pt; Lake Rd, Sodus, NY
  • Canadice Lake; Canadice Lake Rd, Canadice, NY
  • Hemlock Lake; East Lake Rd, Hemlock, NY
  • Naples Creek to West River @ Canadaguia Lake; Rt. 21or Rt 245 DEC Launch, Naples, NY
  • Honeoye Inlet; East Lake R, Honeoye, NY
  • Lamoka Lake to Waneta Lake; W. Lake Rd (Mill Pond) or Fleet Rd., Hammondsport, NY
  • Presque Isle Bay & Lagoons; Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA



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