Kayak FUNdamentals



Get your Paddle Canada award graphic.New kayakers: this course is for you! Our comprehensive on-water introductory lesson will give you the hands-on training and skills required to kayak in protected waters. This course features kayaking safety information, essential equipment knowledge, launching & landing skills, kayak strokes, and more. The skills and enthusiasm of our certified instructors, combined with the low participant:instructor ratio, will ensure a fun, comfortable, safe and educational experience!

Kayak Fundamentals is the foundational course for all our our kayak instructional programs.

Expected Outcome:

Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to paddle your kayak in protected waters.

Instructor:Student Ratio:

1:6 (MAX) to ensure you of the best instructional experience possible! Another Undercurrents advantage! 


Kayak and related gear is provided.

This clinic is designed for adults - all participants must be at least 16 year old. Children 12-15 are welcome to participate if a parent is also registered in the clinic.

All participants are required to complete and sign our standard waiver.

Our instructors are all Paddle Canada certified. They keep their certifications current, and undergo regular professional development. Another Undercurrents advantage! 

After you complete this course, take our Kayak Next Step to earn the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certificate! We encourage all paddlers to use the time between courses to nail-down their newly learned skills.


None. But a willingness to learn and a fondness for fun won't hurt. 



Dates, Times & Locations:

Kayak FUNdamentals runs:

  • Tuesdays at Glemnore Reservoir, Heritage docks, (Google map) from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.
  • Wednesdays at Harmony Lake (Google map) from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The map does not show the lake, but believe us - there is a beautiful lake there! (Google's data is old)
  • Fridays at the Calgary Yacht Club on Lake Chestermere (Google map) from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.

Check the Book Now calendar below for detailed dates.

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Registration & Refunds

Full payment is due at registration to secure your spot in the course.

On the rare occasion when Undercurrents cancels a lesson, we will issue a full refund or make every reasonable effort to register you in an equivalent program; it is your choice.

If you cancel for any reason more than 7 days (14 days for multi-day courses) prior to the course commencement, you will receive a full refund less our $10 administrative fee.

There is no refund if you cancel for any reason within 7 days (14 days for multi-day courses) of the course.

Courses go rain or shine. Here in Alberta we can have rain, snow, blistering heat or high winds - sometimes on the same day. Don't believe weather forecasts; dress for varying weather conditions. If you need help, our store staff can give you great advice!

See our policies page for more details.