Paddle Canada Kayak Skills and Instructor Program

kayak instruction by pender island kayak adventures
Duration:1 - 5 days
Location:Port Browning

We offer a wide range of Skill Levels and Instructor Training in the Paddle Canada Program.

 

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
  • Navigation
  • Towing
  • Weather
  • Journeying & Seamanship
  • Risk Assessment & Leadership

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program

We offer the following certifications for the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program:

Sea Kayak Basic Skills
8 hours (1 day) - $150 + GST
2018 Dates: Saturdays May 5, June 2, 16 July 14, 28 August 11,25 September 8, 22
Contact us for Custom dates and for groups of 6+ participants
Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills
16 hours (2 full days) - $225 + GST
2018 Dates: Saturday/Sunday May 5-6, June 2-3, 16-17 July 14-15, 28-29 August 11-12, 25-26, September 8-9, 22-23
Contact us for custom dates and groups of 6+ participants. 
Sea Kayak Level 2 Skills
5 days, including camping. Food supplied and will function on a rotation basis for preparation to promote healthy group/expedition behavior. $550 + GST
Kayak and drysuit rentals available.
2018 Dates: July 8-12, contact us with your custom dates. Minimum of 3 participants to run this course.
Sea Kayak Level 1 Instructor
October 11-15, 2018 - $600 + GST
Kayak and drysuit rentals available. 

 

We also provide private and custom lessons based on your preferred date. We only need a minimum of 3 participants 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. 

for Private Skills development, please call 1 250 629 6939.

 

Please see below for Course Descriptions:

 

Skills Stream

Basic Kayak Skills


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 calm and sheltered waters.

Prerequisites
None

Typical Course Length
1 day

Overview
Re-entry Skills
Wet Exit
Assisted Re-entries
Paddling Skills
Lifting and Carrying a Kayak
Launching and Landing
Emptying the Kayak
Forward Stroke
Stopping
Reverse Stroke
Forward & Reverse Sweep Strokes
Pivots
Draw Stroke
Low Brace
Edging
General Knowledge
Kayak Part Names and Outfitting
Paddling and Safety Equipment
Injury Prevention
Sunsense
Collision Regulations
Navigation
Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Impact of Kayakers on the Environment

 

Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills


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.)

Prerequisites


Certification:
Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
Paddling experience:
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.
Typical Course Length
2 days

Overview


Re-entry Skills
Unassisted Re-entry
Assisted Re-entry
Towing
Paddling Skills
Launching and Landing
Forward Stroke
Stopping
Reverse Stroke
Sweep Strokes
Draw Stroke
Low Brace
Stern Rudder
Edge Control
General 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
Kayaking Community and Resources
Vehicle Boat Tie Down

 


Sea Kayak Level-2 Skills


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.

Prerequisites


Certification:
Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
Paddling experience:
At least 3, one-day-long kayaking trips in Level-1 conditions in different locations.
Other training:
Wilderness first aid (16 hours) with CPR strongly recommended.
Typical Course Length
4 days

Overview


Re-entry Skills
Re-entry Skills
Assisted Re-entry
All-in Re-entry
Bow Rescue
Re-entry Exercises or Scenarios
Introduction to Rolling
Towing
Paddling Skills
Launching and Landing
Forward Stroke
Turning Strokes
Sweep Strokes
Low and High Brace Turns
Bow Rudders
Low & High Braces
Draws
Draw Stroke
Sculling Draw
Hanging Draw
Stern Draw and Stern Pry
Paddling in Rough Water
General Knowledge
Equipment
Introduction to Tides & Currents
Wilderness Navigation Techniques and Chart/Map Work
Navigation Techniques
Nautical Charts and Topographic Maps
Other Navigation Tools or Activities
Weather Interpretation and Basic Forecasting
Heat and Cold Issues
Emergency Overnight
Leadership and Decision Making
Risk Assessment, Incident Management and Evacuation Options
Knots & Ropework
Collision Regulations

 

Instructor Stream

 

Basic Kayak Instructor


This course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills course.

Mandate of the Basic Kayak Instructor


A Basic Kayak Skills instructor is certified to:

Conduct Paddle Canada Waterfront Kayak and Basic Kayak skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
assist a Level-1 Instructor on a Level-1 Skills course,
assist a Kayak Rolling Instructor on a Kayak Rolling clinic, and
assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Waterfront Kayak Instructor course.


Prerequisites


At least 16 years of age.
Certification:
Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills certification.
First Aid:
Current certification in first aid (14 hours) with CPR.
Teaching Experience:
None
Paddling Experience:
Significant paddling experience in a wide variety of conditions and locations.
Candidates are expected to be able to perform all safety and skill items to a level and confidence superior to that of a student taking the Basic Kayak skill course.
Typical Course Length
20 hours of instruction (2.5 days), minimum eight hours instruction on the water.

Level-1 Instructor

This course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills course.

Mandate of the Level-1 Instructor


The Level-1 Instructor is certified to:

Conduct Paddle Canada Waterfront Kayak, Basic Kayak and Level-1 Skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
assist a Level-2 Instructor on a Level-2 Skills course, and
assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Basic Kayak Instructor or Waterfront Instructor course.


Prerequisites


At least 18 years of age.
Skills Certification
Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills.
Instructor Certification
Basic Kayak Instructor highly suggested.
Teaching Experience
None, though it is highly recommended that the prospective candidate have taught a minimum of two Basic Kayak Skills courses within the past three years, being the lead instructor on at least one of those courses.
First Aid Certification
Current certification in first aid (14 hours) with CPR.
Paddling Experience
30 days in Level-1 conditions (including overnights).
Skills certification prerequisite note: With the permission of the Instructor Trainer, a candidate may enroll in a Level-1 Instructor course prior to completing their Level-2 Skills certification. Certification as a Level-1 Instructor is delayed until Level-2 skill certification and all other requirements are complete. Passing the instructor course will be subject to the provision of completing the required Level-2 skill certification and updating the Instructor Course Report within one year.

This provision applies only to the Level-1 Instructor course and does not apply to any other certification.

Typical Course Length
32 hours of instruction (4 days) with a minimum 16 hours instruction on the water.

Meeting Point:

1-855-629-6939

Weather:

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.

Connect

Phone: 250-629-6939
Toll Free: 1-855-629-6939

Port Browning Marina
4605 Oak Road
Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1

Hope Bay
4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd
Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1

 

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