2023 | Paddle Canada Basic-, Level 1 & Level 2 Sea Kayak Courses
Did you just purchase a new kayak or are you thinking about renting a kayak for a day this summer? Or, did you dust off your old kayak and do you feel a little rusty on your ‘after winter’ skill level? And, you hardly can’t wait to get out there and explore BC’s magical coastal wilderness? Maybe these hands-on, confidence and skill building courses could be a good start of spending some quality time in the outdoors.
- Description Sea Kayak Basic Level Course
Sea Kayak Basic Level Skills is a one-day course that moves participants beyond flatwater kayaking and into the sport of sea kayaking.
This is the primary starting point of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak skills progression. With a focus on foundation skills and knowledge, Basic Kayak Skills inspires students to go out on short paddling excursions in class-0 or calm and sheltered waters.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to confidently paddle in calm, sheltered waters in the company of peers with similar abilities.
- Description Sea Kayak Level 1 Course
Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills is a two-day course that moves participants beyond flatwater kayaking and into the sport of sea kayaking.
The course is conducted in slightly rougher water than Basic Kayak, 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 student 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.
- Description Sea Kayak Level 2 Course
Sea Kayak Level 2 Skills is a four-day course. Building on the skills developed in Level-1, Level-2 provides paddlers with the intermediate skills they need to go sea kayaking in class-2 conditions along semi-exposed shoreline with a possible overnight bivvy.
Leadership, incident management, open-water rescue, self-care and navigation are core parts of the curriculum.
- Kayak Instructor to Participant ratio
One Paddle Canada Instructor up to a maximum of four (4) Students
Single ocean tour-kayak (you may bring your own kayak)
All required safety gear and kayak-equipment
Wet-suit, ‘long Jane’ or ‘long John’
Dry-bags if needed
- Not Included
Personal items, we provide a detailed ‘Suggested Gear List’ prior to the tour
Lunch Package (Bring your own Snacks, Drinks & Lunches)
Gratuities for your Instructor(s)