Kayak Lessons

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Kayak FUNdamentals

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.

Kayak Next Step

This inspiring course will improve your basic paddling skills and introduce you to edging (intentionally leaning your kayak). As well, you’ll have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to capsize in a kayak, how to be rescued by another kayaker, and how to rescue a paddling partner who has capsized.

Kayak Combo

This one-day comprehensive on-water course will give you the hands-on training and skills required to kayak in protected waters. It combines everything from Kayak FUNdamentals and Kayak Next Step, all into one great day! You also receive the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification during this course.

Kayak the River

You will take the new skills you learned in “Kayak: Fundamentals” and learn how to apply them to the river. Our skilled and enthusiastic instructor will guide you through safe river running skills, river reading, and the specific maneuvers you need to make your river travelling both safe and fun!

Greenland FUNdamentals

There is a growing movement towards using Greenland paddles for touring because of the excellent ergonomics and their connection to the ancient past of kayaking. This course will show you how to use these ingeniously simple paddles to their maximum efficiency!

Build your own Greenland Paddle

This is one of our rare off-water courses. Whether you are handy in the workshop or not, you can build your own Greenland paddle! We provide the raw materials, the workshop space and the tools, along with the skilled guidance and encouragement of our experienced paddle-maker! You provide the labour and the inspiration to create your own paddling masterpiece.

Touring Kayak Level 1

This Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills course is ideal for those that have already taken the PC Basic Kayak course and want to advance their skills, or for those that have spent some time in a kayak and want to learn to do things properly. Like all of our courses, there is an emphasis on safe paddling practice woven throughout this course. You will be taught techniques to improve your strokes, paddling skills and rescue skills, as well as journeying and seamanship.

Touring Kayak Level 2

Learnt more advanced paddling techniques (i.e. edging, bracing), new rescue skills (i.e. rolling, towing), seamanship (i.e. weather, navigation) and camping skills. Receive the Paddle Canada Level 2 skills award, the highest level that can be achieved on the prairies!

Touring Kayak: Be Your Own Guide

This program is for kayakers who want to learn how to safely plan and execute their own multi-day trips!This unique and comprehensive program consists of pre-trip workshops in Calgary and a 5-day trip in the beautiful Gulf Islands, BC. You will have lots of time to practice the skills without being rushed. It’s your vacation, right?

Touring Kayak Knowledge

This classroom-based program is for kayakers who realize there is much about paddling on the west coast they need to learn. It’s also for those that have paddled on the Pacific, only to realize they lacked important knowledge. Oops!