Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills

This is a one day course for new kayakers that creates a safe beginning for your kayaking adventures.

The Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course is for beginners who would like to learn more than the parts of their kayak and paddle strokes. This course is for those who want to learn the basics needed for day tripping in protected waters. Check the list below for the skills and knowledge covered.

Activities focus on individual safety and comfortable paddling along a calm shoreline. While there is a great deal to learn at this level, the activities should concentrate on personal progress and an awareness of the need for future learning. Paddlers should leave the course encouraged to continue their learning and aware of their individual limitations.

Don’t have a kayak? No problem the kayak rental is included with the clinic. If you want, bring your own kayak!

Taught by a Paddle Canada certified instructor.

The price for the Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course is $130.00 per person. Maximum 6 people per course.

Paddle Canada Focus

Overview – Rescue skills Paddling skills Knowledge
· Wet Exit
· Retrieving a swamped kayak
· Assisted Rescue
· Rafting
· Lifting and carrying a kayak.
· Forward and reverse paddling.
· Forward and reverse sweep strokes.
· Draw stroke
· Low brace
· Boat design
· Boat outfitting
· Clothing
· Safety Equipment
· Paddles
· Injury prevention
· Equipment care
· Kayaking resources

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