Sea Kayak Instruction Courses: Level-1 Skills

Course Description

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 on the 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.

As a course take-away we provide our in-house Paddle Canada Level-1 sea kayak skills manual for your reference after you leave 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.

Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions.


Course #1

June 28–30, 2024 Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm

Course #2

August 16–18, 2024 Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm


$480 CAD

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 Course Includes

  • Certified Paddle Canada Instructors
  • All Meals and Snacks
  • Fully Outfitted Coast Guard Approved Kayak (We have a variety of styles of kayaks and canoes that you may try out during your course.)
  • Beach Camping Accommodations
  • Course Materials

 Extra Course Options

  • Meal Adjustment (contact us if you wish to bring your own meals)
  • Certification Fee

 Certification Notes

Paddle Canada Level-1 certification. (Equivalent to ACA Coastal Kayak II)


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Content

 Safety Topics

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

 Theory Topics

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

 Paddling Skills

  • 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)

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please email us at [email protected] or phone 1-800-203-9092.