Building on the information covered in Basic Skills, Level-1 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 in class-1 waters. 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.)
Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours) in class-0
Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions.
Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions.
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.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to confidently sea kayak in class-2 conditions along moderately exposed shoreline in the company of one or more paddlers with similar skills and knowledge. The Level-2 paddler will be an asset to the group in all aspects of multi-day journeys with peers, including leadership, navigation skills and the ability to establish an overnight bivvy.
Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
At least 3, one-day-long kayaking trips in Level-1 conditions in different locations.
Wilderness first aid (16 hours) with CPR strongly recommended.
Typical Course Length:
Re-entry Exercises or Scenarios
Introduction to Rolling
Launching and Landing
Low and High Brace Turns
Low & High Braces
Stern Draw and Stern Pry
Paddling in Rough Water
Introduction to Tides & Currents
Wilderness Navigation Techniques and Chart/Map Work
Nautical Charts and Topographic Maps
Other Navigation Tools or Activities
Weather Interpretation and Basic Forecasting
Heat and Cold Issues
Leadership and Decision Making
Risk Assessment, Incident Management and Evacuation Options
12 to 16 Years Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge to paddle in protected waters. Learn about equipment needed, how to get in and out of a kayak, paddle strokes, capsizing and rescuing skills in a fun environment. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a certificate from Paddle Canada. All equipment provided.
The Waterfront Kayak Program is designed to provide knowledge and skills necessary for “beachfront” paddling activities. The items chosen for inclusion in this program are of importance to individuals being introduced to kayaking in a summer-camp environment. The program is designed to teach skill development, safety, and an understanding of limitations primarily through the use of games and activities.
This course introduces the beginner to kayaking in calm waters in a designated waterfront area. The skills and knowledge gained at this level form the foundation necessary for confident and safe travel within small and calm environments. Programming is delivered primarily through paddling games and group activities.