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.
Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to paddle your kayak in protected waters.
1:6 (MAX) Our ratio is the lowest in Alberta to ensure you have the best instructional experience possible! ?Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!
Kayak and related gear is provided.
This clinic is designed for adults - all participants must be at least 16 years 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.
All of our instructors are Paddle Canada certified! Their certifications are current, and they undergo regular professional development. Most paddling schools in Alberta don’t meet that standard. ? Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!
After you complete this course, take our Kayak Next Step course 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:
- at Glemnore Reservoir, Heritage docks, (Google map) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.
- at Harmony Lake (Google map) on Mondays and Wednesdays 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)
- at the Calgary Yacht Club on Lake Chestermere (Google map) on Fridays from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.
Check the Book Now calendar below for detailed dates.
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. We need 3 participants to run a course.
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!
A “risk of thunderstorms” forecast does not mean we will cancel a course. During the warm season “risks” are issued too frequently; we only experience thunderstorms at our course locations 10-20% of the time that a “risk” is issued. We will meet at the course location and make an appropriate decision using the outdoor industry’s standard lightning protocol.
See our policies page for more details.