Sea Kayak Level 2 Skills
Now you are ready to increase your adventure level! What better way to learn but in one of most biodiverse regions of the world!
This 5 day skills course is designed for those with a good handle on Sea Kayaking in calm waters (Level 1 Skills or equivalent) who want to take it to the next step in the development of your endless adventures ahead!
This program will focus on the practical skills for overnight trips and well-developed paddling in dynamic waters (up to 19 knots of wind, <3 knots of current). This includes but is not limited to a strong forward stroke, effective bracing and rescue skills. At this level participants will also engage in judgement, planning and navigation exercises.
We run our Level 2 Skills Program over 5 days as an overnight expedition for 3 nights. The first night will be spent on Pender Island. Please take this into consideration when booking your accommodations. There is a camping option at our site headquarters. Reservations are available by calling Port Browning Marina at 250.629.3493. They also offer onsite food and full marina amenities (coin operated showers and laundry, marina store).
The first afternoon involves introductions and practice/prep for the next 4 days of paddling.
We will be 'backcountry camping' at designated sites within our paddling route, usually with pit toilets and camp pads only. If you see dates that do not work with you and you have a group of 3 or more, please contact us and we'll set up a custom program for you.
THIS PADDLE CANADA SANCTIONED SEA KAYAK SKILLS COURSE INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:
Correct Paddling Technique and stroke blending
Assisted and Unassisted Re-Entry Techniques in low - moderate sea state
Kayak Parts/Styles and Safety Gear
Tides & Currents
Journeying and Seamanship
Knots and Tarpology
Camp craft (this is an optional inclusion in the Paddle Canada Program that can add to our program upon request)
Leave No Trace Principles
Introduction to Rolling
Please see the Paddle Canada website for a full course syllabus.
Cost is $750 + GST for the course and certification, includes your kayak and all required safety gear, as well as food for the duration of the expedition. Drysuits are available for rent as an add-on (available through our on-line reservation system). If you have your own Touring Sea Kayak and gear (which includes charts, compass, helmet, tow belt, spare paddle, paddle float, and all Transport Canada required gear), we offer a $150 discount.
May 27 - 31
August 10 - 14
September 21 - 25
Please review the following waivers which need to be signed at checkin.
50% due upon booking. Balance due 30 days prior to start date. No refund given within 21 days prior to scheduled start date.