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Sea Kayak Instruction Courses- Level I Skills

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Description: A comprehensive introduction to sea kayak day tripping in calm water
2014 Dates Fri June 13, 6 pm to Sun June 15, 3 pm
Aug 15, 6 pm to Aug 17, 3 pm
Price: $315 + HST ($25 for PC certification)
Includes: Instruction, boat and equipment rental, dinner the first night.
Options:

Meal plan- $58
Accommodations at Rock Island Lodge B&B- $98/night

Ratio: One instructor to six students
Equivalency: Paddle Canada Level I | ACA Coastal Kayak II
Certification: Paddle Canada Level I certification. 
Learn to sea kayak
Paddle Canada Level 1 sea kayak

This Paddle Canada sea kayak level 1 skills course is comprehensive 2.5-day coverage of skills and theory essential for paddling day trips in calm water. Perfect sea kayak instruction if you want to learn to kayak safely.

Typically we begin with basic sea kayak theory Friday evening following a group meal at the lodge. Saturday is devoted to on water sea kayak paddling, group and personal rescue skills. On Sunday, we’ll cover sea kayak day trip basics (ie weather, navigation, judgment and planning) then depart on a day trip to enjoy some Lake Superior paddling and review newly learned skills.

Topics

Safety Theory Skills

Retrieving a swamped kayak
Bow rescue
T-rescue
Self-rescue

Boat design & outfitting
Paddles
Paddling clothing
Safety equipment
Weather
Navigation
Planning a day trip
First aid
Kayaking resources

Lifts and carries
Entering/exiting the kayak
Wet exit
Balance & edging
Forward & reverse strokes
Forward & reverse sweep
Pivots
Draw strokes
Support strokes (high brace, low brace)

As a course take-away we provide a Paddle Canada Level 1 sea kayak skills manual loaded with helpful skills and theory information summary of the course.

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 are comfy tent sites on our beach. Alternatively, rooms are available (at an additional cost) at Rock Island Lodge.  Includes Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level I certification. Fully equipped sea kayaks, paddling tops and wetsuits are provided as part of the course.

Is this Paddle Canada Level 1 sea kayak skills course right for you?

Never been in kayak before? Unless you’re a natural or have a strong canoeing background, this course is probably not for you. Instead we recommend you first do our sea kayak basics. That way you’ll get a lot more from the Paddle Canada level 1 course.

You’ll get the most from this course if you have paddled before, know the basic strokes, have done a wet exit and perhaps even tried to do a self or two-person rescue. Still unsure? Call the office and talk to us about your background.

To Paddle Canada Certify or to not Paddle Canada Certify? That is the Question!

Paddle Canada Level 1 sea kayak

Our objective is to provide you with skills required to safely and effectively handle a kayak in sheltered open water conditions.  We follow the Paddle Canada syllabus and if your goal is to achieve the certification, then we will help you in every way possible to achieve that 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.

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