Sea Kayak Instruction Courses: Level-1 Skills

Course Description:

A comprehensive introduction to sea kayak day tripping in calm water.

Includes:

Instruction, boat and equipment rental, dinner the first night.

Options:

Meal plan: $58
Accommodations at Rock Island Lodge B&B: $98 per night
Own boat discount: $30

Certification:

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

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

SafetyTheorySkills

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 our in-house Paddle Canada Lv 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.