Paddle Canada Kayak Courses and Instructional Tours
Free kayak rental if you book 30+ days prior to start date!
Learn to paddle safely, effectively, and confidently!
We will teach you a number of important skills, depending on the course, including but not limited to:
- Correct Paddling Technique
- Vessel and Marine Safety
- Tides & Currents
- Rescue techniques
- Rolling a kayak
- Journeying & Seamanship
- Risk Assessment & Leadership
We offer the following courses for the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program:
Bluedog Kayaking (follow "book now" button)
We also can custom date your preferred Skills Course. We only need a minimum of 2 persons to run any course (based on full price rate)! Group rates available! Contact us with your requests.
Pricing includes: Your Instructor, Course Package, Registration Fees (Instructor Candidate fees not included).
Sea Kayak, safety gear available for rent at a 2 hour rate per day. Wetsuit included in your rental, limited drysuit rentals available.
*Pricing listed on Bluedog Kayaking website.
The following is a list of course descriptions and outcomes for each course:
Basic Kayak Skills
Aim: Basic Kayak introduces the novice to paddling a kayak in calm sheltered water. Rescue techniques at this level incorporate the use of a paddling partner and it is essential for all Basic Kayak certified paddlers to travel on the water with others who have been trained in the techniques of assisted rescues.
Typical Course Length: 1 day
Retrieving a swamped kayak
Lifting and carrying a kayak
Forward and reverse paddling
Forward and reverse sweep strokes
Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills
Aim: Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.
Prerequisites: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.
Course Length: 2 days
Journeying and seamanship
Sea Kayak Level-2 Skills
Aim: To provide the skills and knowledge for proficient kayaking in moderate conditions, on overnight trips along a moderately exposed shore with frequent easy landing opportunities.
Prerequisites: Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.
Experience: At least 3, one day long, kayaking trips in different locations.
Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) with CPR strongly recommended.
Typical Course Length: 4 days including 1 overnight
All in rescue
Low/high brace turn
Journeying and seamanship
Basic Kayak Instructor
Aim To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking Sea Kayaking Skills course.
The Introduction to Kayaking Instructor is certified to Conduct Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking Skills courses and certify paddlers at that level.
Assist a Level-1 Instructor on a Level-1 Skills course.
Prerequisites At least 16 years of age.
Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level-1 Skills certification.
Current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR. (8 hours).
Typical Course Length
2 days, minimum.
Aim To provide a national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-1 Sea Kayaking Skills course.
The Level-1 instructor is certified to: Conduct Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking and Level-1 Skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels.
Assist a Level-2 Instructor on a Level-2 skills course.
Assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Basic Kayak Instructor course.
Prerequisites At least 18 years of age.
Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level-2 certification.
Paddling Experience: 30 days in level-1 conditions (including overnights).
Current Standard First Aid / CPR (14 hours) or Wilderness First Aid (16 hours)
Typical Course Length: 4 days, minimum.
We reserve the right for minimum numbers of participants for each course. We will notify you 30 days prior to any course if we have to cancel. Payment is due upon booking and is refundable up to one calendar month prior to the course start date. Within 30 days a 50% cancellation fee will be charged, unless your spot is filled, in which you would be fully refunded.