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Monday, 08 November 2010 19:00

Paddle Canada Level I Sea Kayak Instructor

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Description: Become a certified instructor of novice sea kayak skills
Dates: June 19 (6pm) - June 23 (4pm), 2015 book now
Price: $575 + HST
Includes:

Certified Paddle Canada Instruction @1:6 student/instructor ratio, course materials and manual, Group lodge meal Friday night, beach camping before, during and after the course.

Options: Rock Island Lodge B&B- $98/night
Meal Plan- $134
Boat and equpment rental- $80
Certifiacation: Candidates wishing to be certified as Paddle Canada Instructors will have to register with Paddle Canada (and pay them a fee) in advance of the course.

This Paddle Canada certified Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor course is an intensive 4-day program designed to provide you with a strong foundation of paddling skills and teaching techniques/practice required to be an effective sea kayak instructor.
This course is run concurrently with our Paddle Canada Intro to Kayaking Instructor course. However it runs a day longer and is significantly more comprehensive.

Main Course Content:

  1. Strong on water review of Paddle Canada level 1 paddling skills to ensure technical understanding and demonstration quality.
  2. Applying the Paddle Canada IDEAS and other teaching approaches to on/off water sea kayak skills and theory teaching as well in leading a group day trip in level 1 sea-state conditions.
  3. Plenty of practice teaching of course skills and theory (with feedback).

Course Pre-requisites:

  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Paddle Canada (PC) Sea Kayaking Level 2 Skills certification.
  • Current certification in First Aid with CPR (8 hours) with CPR
  • Paddling Experience: 30 days in level 1 conditions (including overnights).

If you do not have PC level -2 skills certification, then with course director approval, equivalent skills may be sufficient.

If you do not have current standard first aid certification, you may take the course with the understanding that Paddle Canada certification if desired will be conditional upon completing the first aid course pre-requisite within one year.

As a successful candidate you’ll be certified to run Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking and Level-1 Skills courses; to assist a Level 2 Instructor on a Level 2 skills course; and assist an Introduction to Kayaking, Instructor Trainer on an Introduction to Kayaking, Instructor course.

Course Content

Skill/Knowledge

Demonstration Quality Instruction Performance Targets

Rescue skills
  • Wet Exit
  • Retrieving a swamped kayak
  • Assisted Rescue
  • Rafting
  • Eskimo rescue
  • Towing
  • Unassisted re-entry
  • “Hand of God”
Paddling skills
  • Lifting and carrying a kayak.      
  • Forward and reverse paddling.
  • Draw stroke 2 options
  • Stopping
 
Knowledge
  • Boat design
  • Boat for proper fit
  • Clothing & PFD
  • Safety Equipment
  • Canadian Coast Guard requirements.
  • Rescue Equipment.
  • Injury prevention
  • Equipment care
  • Kayaking resources
  • Paddles
  • Sea kayak, paddle & spray skirt designs.
  • Bailing devices.
DayLong Outing
  • Describe charts or maps and identify safe routes and locations for Level 1 paddling
  • Navigation using time, distance, speed and direction (compass)
  • Effects of fetch, wind direction, speed and time on sea state
  • Lists of food, water and shelter for a day and potential overnight stranding
  • Prepare a float/emergency response plan
  • Obtain marine weather forecast and estimate the effect on paddling
  • Use of hands, paddles, whistles, flares, radios, and other means of signalling
  • Peer to peer group communications i.e. veto, thumbs, level of comfort, etc
  • On water boat positions for group communication and safety
  • Hypothermia prevention and treatment
  • Lemon theory and “what if” exercise risk management
  • How tides and currents affect paddling

 

Environment
  • Identify 3 potential negative impacts of kayakers on the local natural environment and appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Describe 2 common local plane or animal species seen by kayakers and their characteristics.
Teaching & Learning

  The Instructor candidate will have a good understanding of:

 
  • How one learns.
  • Conditions that encourage & promote learning.
  • Skill, knowledge and attitude areas of learning.
  • Goals and objectives.
  • Lesson planning and organization.
  • Class management.
  • Group dynamics.
  • Evaluation techniques.
  • Instructor behaviour and attitudes.
  • How to plan and organize a Kayaking course.
  • Paddling activities and games.
  • Teaching strategies.
Course Administration

The Instructor Candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:
• Paddle Canada policies, programs, accreditation and re-certification.
• Organization and management of a course.
• Other germane institutions and programs available in Canada.
• Overview of resources available in Canada.
• Legal and liability issues affecting the instructor.
• Safety procedures, hazard recognition, waterfront regulations and safety equipment.
• Equipment choice, teaching sites and areas, and scheduling.
• Development of appropriate teaching progression.
• Kayaking activities, games and events.
• Staffing and staff management.

 

The course is based from Naturally Superior Adventures/Rock Island Lodge with theory sessions provided from the comfort of the lodge. Course accommodations are comfy tent sites on our beach or alternatively, rooms are available (at an additional cost) at Rock Island Lodge.  Fully equipped sea kayaks, paddling tops and wetsuits are available to rent.

A detailed Instructor’s manual is provided prior to course commencement.

The course fee also provides for Paddle Canada certification. If certification is not important to you, great. Rest assured, you’ll be getting top notch instruction from qualified instructors who love sharing their passion for paddling with you.

Monday, 13 November 2006 19:00

Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Instructor

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FAST FACTS
Description: Become a certified instructor of novice sea kayak skills
Dates: Fri June 19 (6pm) -Mon June 22, 2015 book now
Price:

$475 + HST

Includes:

Certified Paddle Canada Instruction @1:6 student/instructor ratio, course materials and manual, Group lodge meal Friday night, beach camping before, during and after the course.

Options:

Meal plan- $96
Boat rental- $60
Rock Island Lodge accommodations- $98/night

Certification: Candidates wishing to be certified as Paddle Canada Instructors will have to register with Paddle Canada (and pay a fee) in advance of the course.

This Paddle Canada Certified Basic Kayak Instructor course is a 3-day coverage of the demonstration quality paddling skills, appropriate teaching techniques and administration required to deliver a high quality basic kayaking course to new paddlers. It's your starting point in Paddle Canada's SK Instructor stream and as a foundation for those wishing to be an effective novice kayak paddling instructor.

Main Course Content:

  1. Strong on water review of basic paddling skills to ensure technical understanding and demonstration quality.
  2. Learning and applying the Paddle Canada IDEAS approach to "teach" on/off water course criteria.
  3. Plenty of practice teaching of course skills and theory (with feedback).

Course Pre-requisites:

Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
Paddle Canada (PC) Sea Kayaking Level 1 Skills certification or equivalent.
Current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR. (8 hours). If you do not have current first aid certification, you may take the course with a pass conditional on completing a course within one year.

As a successful candidate you will be certified to conduct Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking Skills courses and certify paddlers at that level. You will also be certified to assist a Level 1 Instructor on a Level-1 Skills course.

Course Content

Skill

Demonstration Quality Instruction Performance Targets

Rescue skills
  • Wet Exit
  • Retrieving a swamped kayak
  • Assisted Rescue
  • Rafting
  • Hand of God

 

Paddling Skills
  • Lifting and carrying a kayak.
  • Forward and reverse paddling.
  • Draw stroke
  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes.
  • Low brace
Knowledge
  • Boat design
  • Boat outfitting
  • Clothing
  • Safety Equipment
  • Injury prevention
  • Equipment care
  • Kayaking resources
  • Paddles
Teaching and Learning

  The Instructor candidate will develop a good understanding of:

 
  • How one learns.
  • Conditions that encourage & promote learning.
  • Skill, knowledge and attitude areas of learning.
  • Goals and objectives.
  • Lesson planning and organization.
  • Class management.
  • Group dynamics.
  • Evaluation techniques.
  • Instructor behaviour and attitudes.
  • How to plan and organize a course.
  • Paddling activities and games.
  • Teaching strategies.
Course administration

  The Instructor Candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

  • Paddle Canada policies, programs, accreditation and re-certification.
  • Organization and management of a course.
  • Other germane institutions and programs available in Canada.
  • Overview of resources available in Canada.
  • Legal and liability issues affecting the instructor.
  • Safety procedures, hazard recognition, waterfront regulations and safety equipment.
  • Equipment choice, teaching sites and areas, and scheduling.
  • Development of appropriate teaching progression.
  • Kayaking activities, games and events.
  • Staffing and staff management.

 

The course is based from Naturally Superior Adventures/Rock Island Lodge with theory sessions provided from the comfort of the lodge. Course accommodations are comfy tent sites on our beach or alternatively, rooms are available (at an additional cost) at Rock Island Lodge.  Fully equipped sea kayaks, paddling tops and wetsuits are available to rent.

A detailed Instructor’s manual is provided prior to course commencement.

The course fee also provides for Paddle Canada certification. If certification is not important to you, great. Rest assured, you’ll be getting top notch instruction from qualified instructors who love sharing their passion for paddling with you.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:00

Learn to Canoe

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Options: Half-day (instruction in the morning
and afternoon is self-guided)
Full-day Instruction
Skill: Beginner Beginner
Dates: Any day (min 2) Any day (min 2)
Cost: $49 CDN
Kids <16 with parents $45
$59 CDN
Kids <16 with parents $35


This half- or full-day canoe instruction course is designed to introduce the novice or inexperienced person to canoe paddling. In the half-day course you will learn the basic strokes and safety procedures before spending the afternoon exploring the area on your own. The full-day course is best for those looking for more thorough instruction.

Typical Basics coverage: basic outfitting and terminology, proper equipment, entry, strokes; foward, reverse and stopping strokes; forward, reverse sweep and stern rudder turning strokes; draws and prys; assisted deep water rescue.

Naturally Superior Adventures’ Canoe Basics provides you with confidence and a good foundation of safety and skills upon which to build. You will learn in sheltered water at our spectacular Lake Superior Paddling Centre. Both options include lunch.

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Sunday, 19 November 2006 19:00

Paddle Canada Flatwater Canoe Instructor

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Become a Paddle Canada Certified Canoe Instructor

Fast Facts
Description: An instructor-level course for those wanting to teach novice paddlers flatwater canoeing skills
Dates: Offered as a custom course in 2015 on demand.
Price: n/a
Prerequisite: NSA Flatwater Canoeing Skills or equivalent experience
Course Fee Includes: Certified instruction, fully outfitted canoes, all meals/snacks, all Paddle Canada registration and course fees, course manuals and teaching materials. Participants must register and pay Paddle Canada candidate instructor fees separately (approx $75).

 

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canoe instructor course

This canoeing instructor course is designed to provide proficient paddlers with the skills and knowledge to teach Introductory and Intermediate canoeing skills. It’s designed for canoeists with flatwater skills and experience who want to teach beginners well.
Taught by a certified Paddle Canada Instructor, certification as an Intro or Intermediate Lakewater Tandem Canoe Instructor may be achieved on this course. Those not wanting certification are also welcome.

This course is both theoretical and practical and includes:
•    A review of personal paddling skills to ensure a complete technical understanding and demonstration quality boat control.
•    Cover various teaching techniques and situations specifically the Paddle Canada IDEAS approach
•    Practice teaching of skills and theory (with feedback) among participants and optimally real students.
For this course we are compressing 4 days into 3 and to ensure complete coverage and practice time there will be evening sessions and homework in advance of the course

Prerequisites (for those seeking certification):
•    First Aid and CPR (16 hour) – (our WFA First Aid (16 hrs) runs June 2 & 3, 2012).
•    Paddle Canada Intermediate or Advanced Lake Tandem skills certification according to the Instructor level applying for OR equivalent skills as evaluated by the Instructor Trainer Canoe Instructor
Note that you will get the most from this course by arriving with a high degree of proficiency with Intermediate Lake Skills including boat handling (described below), rescue skills, navigation, and weather interpretation.

We recommend that paddlers registered for the program who do not have a high degree of proficiency in intermediate skills spend some time in advance (at NSA or elsewhere) reviewing and practicing skills. This may be arranged with NSA at a reasonable fee. Pre-course assignments if required by the Instructor trainer will be made available on this site. See detailed course info for more information.

Successful Introduction Lake Tandem Instructors are certified to:
- conduct courses and certify paddlers at the Basic and Introduction Tandem levels
- assist on an intermediate Lake Instructor trainer or Intermediate skills course

Successful Intermediate Lake Tandem Instructors are certified to:
- conduct courses and certify paddlers at the Basic, Intro and Intermediate Tandem levels
- assist on an advanced Lake Instructor trainer or advanced skills course

At the Intermediate Lake Tandem level you will be qualified and certified to teach:

Safety and Rescue/ Rescue Skills (theory): Weather Information (Interpretation), Exposure Aliments, Accident Prevention, Communication and Leadership Requirements, Principles of Effective Rescues & Organization, First Aid Kit

Rescue Skills – Practical: Deep Water Exit & Swimming Canoe to Shore (swamped), Canoe over Canoe (timed), Parallel Rescue, Towing Canoe and Swimmers, Assisting Swimmers into Canoes, Throw Bag Practice

Paddling Skills & Strokes: Enter and exit a canoe along a rocky shore line, Refining timing and switching sides, Draw (underwater recovery), Cross Bow Draw, Sculling Draw, Righting Pry, J Stroke, Reverse J Stroke, Traditional / Punch Stroke, Pry

Manoeuvers: Triangular Course (100 metres), Sideslipping along a 5 metre dock (both ways), Figure Eight (2), Docking, Inside and Outside Turns, Reverse in a straightline 25 metres

Knowledge: Canoe History (personal/local/regional/national), Canoe and Equipment Materials, Knots, Basic repair kit items, Emergency kit items, Transport Canada "Guided Excursion" Regulations, Float Plan

Course Evaluation and Certification:
Candidates will be evaluated on their skills, behaviour and general attitude; potentially by written test where a min of 80% is required to pass; and by a minimum of two teaching demonstrations (one theory and one on water) at the Intro or Intermediate Tandem Instructor level. To complete the course candidate instructors are also required to prepare and submit a Paddle Canada Intro or Intermediate Lakewater canoe course outline.

If certification is not important to you- great.  Rest assured you’ll be getting top notch instruction from qualified instructors who love sharing their passion for paddling with you.

Course Location
The course is based from Naturally Superior Adventures/Rock Island Lodge and all meals and theory sessions are provided from the comfort of the lodge. Course accommodations include comfy tent sites on our beach (bring your tent or rent from us) or alternatively, rooms are available (at an additional cost) at Rock Island Lodge. Reduced rates are available for course participants. Fully equipped canoes, paddling tops and wetsuits are provided as part of the course as is an Instructor’s manual.


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Description: Together in one workshop receive the training and assessment necessary to be certified as a Level 1 – 4 ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor.
2015 Dates: Sun Aug 23 (6pm) to Fri Aug 28 (4pm) book now
Price: $625 + HST (includes group dinner the first night, camping, ACA materials)
ACA membership $40 + ACA SEIC $30 is additional
Options: Meal plan-$149
Boat rental- $90
Tipi accommodations, double occ: $30 night
Accommodation at Rock Island Lodge B&B- $98/night
Certification: ACA Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 Coastal Kayaking Instructor

The purpose of this course is to obtain the skills/theory training and experience required to successfully assess as an American Canoe Association (ACA) Coastal Kayaking Instructor. The course includes the two components required for certification including the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) and the Instructor Certification Evaluation (ICE).

During the IDW portion you receive the training necessary to effectively and efficiently teach sea kayaking. This includes classroom sessions on how people learn, the 3Ds teaching method and effective feedback.

On water sessions include leadership/group management, risk management and refining paddle strokes and rescues for skill modeling. You'll receive hands on experience and feedback while doing presentations.

During the ICE portion you demonstrate your competency as an instructor through presentations, scenarios and skill modeling. Included are staff presentations on liability, program risk management and instructor judgement to continue your professional development.

The course is open to all levels of paddlers and it is not necessary to be certified through ACA in advance of the course.

Successful course participants will achieve the ACA Instructor Level certification from 1 to 4 based on their demonstrated skills. This approach enables more experienced and higher skilled candidates to attain a higher level certification in the workshop.

When conditions are present, expect to be out paddling in them. For the more experienced and skilled participants, this provides the opportunity to refine skills including teaching, leadership and group management. For the others, this is about skill development and building confidence in conditions. With a Level 1-4 workshop, participants at all levels are accommodated and the group is managed to allow everyone to refine and build skills.

Our paddling center and lodge location on Superior adjacent the warmer Michipicoten River is optimal for this course for many reasons including:

  • Course fee includes camping on site. Tipi & lodge are also available on site
  • All meals served or camp cooking space on site
  • Indoor and outdoor classroom areas on site
  • Paddle fully protected to very challenging conditions all within 200 yards of site
  • Tidal race current experience opportunities at the Michipicoten River mouth adjacent site

These features ensure that you can be entirely focused on the workshop.

Instructors:

Sam Crowley

Sam is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, an ACA Adaptive Paddling Equipment Instructor and Wilderness First Responder. He's been paddling since 1991 and instructing since 1996. He's instructed over 100 instructor workshops but is primarily a paddler with many Lake Superior trips in addition to Haida Gwaii in BC, Finland/Sweden and an Ireland circumnavigation. 

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Saturday, 17 November 2012 19:00

British Canoe Union 3-star Assessment

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Description: To recognize the level of skill, understanding, and knowledge demonstrated (whilst journeying in a moderate tidal environment as part of a led group with winds no more than 15 knots) is the standard of an able improving sea paddler and beyond that of a beginner.
2015 Dates: Sat 22 noon- 4pm book now
Price: $120 + HST (Cost is included if you are registered in the BCU training course)
Prerequisites: None
Certification: BCU 3-star (equivalent to ACA Coastal Kayak III, Paddle Canada Level 2 skills)

Equipment

The candidate must have personal equipment, appropriate for a competent member of a group undertaking a day’s journey on the sea, including;

  • A closed cockpit kayak or sit-on-top suitable for sea touring
  • Appropriate personal clothing (this may include a helmet)
  • Spare clothing
  • Food and drink 
  • A means of summoning external assistance and awareness of its limitations
  • Towline
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Basic repair kit
  • Exposure bag or emergency shelter 

Syllabus

The candidate is required to perform all skills on both sides. If the kayak is fitted with a rudder, it must be disabled for the duration of the assessment.

Part A - Personal Paddling Skills

  • Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Reverse paddling, stopping
  • Maintaining direction
  • Changing direction
  • Moving sideways
  • Supporting
  • Rolling
  • Securing

Part B - Rescue Skills

  • Deep-water rescue
  • Contact tows and use of towline
  • Eskimo rescue (self-rescue if using a sit-on-top)

Part C - Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

  • Personal risk management
  • Awareness of others
  • Paddle as part of a led group

Part D - Theory

  • Equipment
  • Sea safety
  • Weather
  • Hypothermia / first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Group awareness
  • General Knowledge
  • Navigation, including;
    • Basic recognition of main buoyage
    • Basic knowledge of collision regulations and sound signals
    • Ability to identify position by using a grid reference and a latitude and longitude
    • Use a compass to paddle on a bearing
    • Ability to calculate distance and paddling time

It is not necessary to register for the skills course the week prior however advanced registration is necessary.

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Description: Achieve BCU 3-star with an introduction to overnight wilderness sea kayak camping along a moderately exposed coastline 
2015 Dates: Tue Aug 18, 6 pm – Sat 22 late afternoon book now
Price:

$635 + HST
Includes certified instruction, course specific manual, all meals, group signalling, safety, camping and sanitation gear/equipment.

Options: Fully outfitted sea kayak- $80
Accommodation at Rock Island Lodge B&B pre/post trip- $98/night 
Certification:

BCU 3-star assessment offered Sat Aug 23. $25
Level 2 skills certification with Paddle Canada $25 (Equivalent to ACA Coastal Kayak III) 

Our intent is to run our BCU 3 star training course concurrently with the Paddle Canada level 2 skills certification course over a 4 day period. This allows 3 days to cover BCU syllabus plus an additional sea kayak overnight camping component to cover Paddle Canada level 2 skills syllabus. Participants who meet criteria will be able to obtain Paddle Canada Level II skills and take the BCU 3-star assessment at the course end.

The mixing of British and Canadian course syllabus and skilled instructors with Lake Superior and the mouth of the Michipicoten River will result in a very unique and dynamic learning experience.

Topics

SafetyTheory

Skills

Bow rescue
T-rescue
Self-rescue
Eskimo paddle rescue
Scoop rescue
Eskimo roll
contact tows
tow-line use
Safety equipment
Weather
Navigation
Tides and currents
Planning a multi-day trip
First aid for paddlers
Risk management
Landing and launching in rough seas
Advanced edging
Forward stroke
Sweep strokes
Support strokes
Dynamic turning strokes
Paddling in wind, waves and current
Surf launch and landing

This course is for paddlers with well-practiced fundamental skills looking to refine their paddling and rescue techniques. Arrive prepared for wilderness camping and lots of time on and in the water. Sea kayaks, camping gear, paddling tops and wetsuits are provided as required. Beach camping is included and alternatively, rooms are available (at an additional cost) at Rock Island Lodge.

Is this BCU 3- star training & PC Level 2 sea kayak skills course right for you?

If you just graduated from BCU 1 star or PC Level 1, this course is not for you (yet).  You’ll have practiced your skills and rescues and be comfortable and competent with them in waves up to 20 cm. You’ll have done at least three separate day trips covering at least 15 km each. You’ll have been out once in bumpy water and want to learn more. You'll want to take your skill set from good to strong-intermediate. You’ll have your roll or be close to getting it. You'll have also spent at least three hours exploring other paddling disciplines such as SUP, Canoe, WW kayak, etc.

To BCU & PC Certify or to not BCU/PC Certify? That is the Question!

Our objective is to provide you with skills required to safely and effectively plan and undertake overnight sea kayak trips in moderately exposed, open water conditions. Those wishing to attain certification will be assessed based on their planning, paddling and rescue skills in the context of an overnight sea kayak journey in appropriate conditions. You will be assessed separately for each course based on the criteria for each course. See detailed course descriptions for more detail.

If certification is not important to you, great. Rest assured, you’ll be getting top notch instruction from qualified instructors who love sharing their passion for paddling with you.

Course Instructor

Bonnie Perry

BCU Sea Coach 3, BCU/UKCC Level 1 Coach, ACA Level 4 Open Water Instructor Trainer, ACA Eskimo Rolling Endorsement, Paddle Canada level 2 Instructor endorsement. Bonnie teaches both Euro & Traditional paddling.

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BCU 3-star/Paddle Canada Level II sea kayak pdfsyllabus

BCU 3 Star sea pdfguidance notes

 

Tuesday, 21 November 2006 19:00

Sea Kayak Instruction Courses: Level 3 Skills

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Description: A sea kayak seamanship and leadership course for intermediate to advanced paddlers undertaken as a 5-day paddling expedition of the Lake Superior coast. It’s focused on helping you master skills and develop experience through on- and off-water learning sessions, a wide variety of scenarios and paddle practice time.
Dates: Wed Aug 26, noon – Sun Aug 30, noon, 2015 book now
Price: $595 + HST
Includes certified instruction, course materials, park fees, group safety, communication, camping and sanitation gear/equipment. 
Options:

Fully outfitted sea kayak - $80

Accommodation at Rock Island Lodge B&B pre/post trip - $98/night

 
Certification: Paddle Canada Level 3 certification. (Equivalent to ACA Coastal Kayak 4) 
Instructor Conor Mihell: Paddle Canada lv3 instructor, Instructor trainer, highly experienced Lake Superior sea kayak & paddling guide, author and writer. 

This Paddle Canada level 3 sea kayak based course is designed for advanced-intermediate to advanced paddlers wanting to advance their personal paddling and leadership skills and experience in an extended 5-day wilderness expedition environment. Facilitated by an advanced and experienced instructor(s) it will be a strong supporting peer-to-peer learning environment.

Key outcomes include:

  • Developing your paddling skills to a higher level of proficiency; developing a personal skill set of rescue and towing skills specific to a variety of conditions; development of a higher level of technical paddling skills in more challenging conditions; an opportunity to master rolling in "real" conditions; safe surfing and rock hopping; loaded and unloaded boat handling, etc.
  • Developing practical group and peer-to-peer leadership, risk assessment, decision-making, judgement, group management, and seamanship skills and experience in the context of a multi-day journey along an exposed wilderness coastline.
  • Reviewing and enhancing your practical understanding of advanced paddling theory including sea state, communication, tides and currents, weather forecasting, maps, charts and navigation, etc.
  • Reviewing and enhancing your practical understanding and experience with wilderness freshwater camping including site selection, camp kitchen, tarpology, sanitation, low-impact camping, nature interpretation, etc.

The Trip Route will be expedition-style following the Lake Superior coastline either to the south of Wawa through Lake Superior Park or west of Wawa through the Lake Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve. We also expect to practice tidal conditions at the base of Silver Falls or at the mouth of the Michipicoten River near Naturally Superior Adventures base.

Paddling conditions will vary between calm and very challenging. In August surface water temperatures often warm to the mid to high 60s with warm water in bays and inlets. Air temperatures average mid to high 60s although overnights are often much cooler.

Facilitated by the Course Director/Lead Instructor, participants will work together to plan the trip route/schedule and meals (either individually or as a group). Group camping gear (i.e. tarps, group sanitation, expedition first aid kits, water purification, etc.) is provided by Naturally Superior Adventures.

Certification:
The key objective of this course is to help you master advanced paddling skills and group/peer-to-peer leadership in a wilderness paddling expedition context. The course exceeds Paddle Canada's level 3 sea kayak skills criteria. Participants successfully completing the certification criteria will (if they desire) be awarded the certification.

Is this Paddle Canada Level 3 sea kayak skills course right for you?

If you just graduated from the Paddle Canada Level 2 skills this course/expedition is not for you – yet.

To get the most from this experience you'll want to have done a few extended trips of 2 or more days totaling 10 overnights. You've paddled in waves and occasionally in surf up to one metre. Your technical paddling skills and rescues are intermediate – advanced and you have your roll or are pretty close to having one. You may already have certifications in wilderness first aid, VHF radio, swimming and lifesaving although these are not critical to success.

Pre-trip/course preparation:
To help you get the most from this experience we will provide pre-course preparation assignments and expect group members to work together in trip planning.

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 19:00

Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills

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Description: An introduction to overnight wilderness sea kayak camping along a moderately exposed coastline.Program initially based from Rossport includes multi-day trip camping.
2015 Dates: Thurs June 25 9 am – Sun Jun 28, 4 pm, 2015 book now
Price: $575 + HST
($25 for PC certification)
Options: Boat rental- $80/day
Paddle Canada Level 2 certification
Includes: Instructor, course materials, park camping fees. Participants bring own meals.

This Paddle Canada sea kayak level 2 skills course is a comprehensive 4-day coverage of skills and theory essential for proficient kayaking in moderate conditions, on overnight trips along a moderately exposed shore with frequent easy landing opportunities.

Our on-water focus will be on developing strong technical paddling and rescue skills. Also preparing for and heading out on multi-day trips. Practical theory sessions cover weather, navigation, tides and currents appropriate for kayakers.

Typically we will cover materials though a combination of lecture sessions and as part of a multiday trip initially based from Rossport Ontario. During this time skills and theory can be put to practical use with loaded boats.

Topics

Safety Theory Skills

Bow rescue
T-rescue
Self-rescue
Eskimo paddle rescue
Scoop rescue
Eskimo roll

Safety equipment
Weather
Navigation
Tides and currents
Planning a multi-day trip
First aid for paddlers

Launching/landing in rough seas
Advanced edging
Forward stroke
Sweep strokes
Support strokes
Dynamic turning strokes
Paddling in wind, waves & current

This course is for paddlers with well-practiced fundamental skills looking to refine their paddling and rescue techniques. Arrive prepared for wilderness camping and lots of time on and in the water.

 

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