We offer this 2-day course (16 hr) in Nanaimo or Powell River / Lund. The course is set up according to Paddle Canada’s standards and guidelines and once successfully completed you may receive a certificate. The group size will be limited to a maximum of 8 people and one or two a Paddle Canada Instructor(s) will be present during both days. You may bring your own sea kayak including paddle and equipment or we can provide a kayak and equipment for you without additional costs.
This comprehensive course is aiming to develop the paddler’s comfort. There is a strong focus on re-entry techniques as well as the skills required to safely plan and execute a day trip with friends (for example, navigation & route planning, weather interpretation, proper clothing/gear.). Upon successful completion of the course, the paddler will be able to confidently paddle in class-1 conditions in the company of one or more paddlers with similar skills or knowledge. The paddler should be self-reliant yet an asset to the group and an active participant, willing and able to assist others if they need assistance.
Skills and knowledge instructed are: Re-entry skills; unassisted re-entry, assisted re-entry, towing. Paddling skills: launching and landing, forward and reverse strokes, stopping, sweep stroke, draw stroke, low brace, stern rudder, edge control. Knowledge: equipment and equipment care, communication, route planning and basic navigation techniques, half day kayak journey, weather, sea state, risk assessment and mitigation, cold issues and sun safety, impact of kayakers on the environment, history and heritage, vehicle boat tie down, kayaking community and resources.
What you bring
Paddling clothes – Quick drying (will get wet)
Shore Clothes (keep dry)
What We Provide