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To register, please select a course from the list below. You will be taken to a page with information specific for that event and will be able to use the online registration system to secure your spot in the course. 

Here is an overview of the Paddle Canada Course Progression, taken from the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program Manual. The Paddle Canada Sea Kayak program includes nationally recognized certifications in five skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.  

Overview of Skills Courses

  • Basic Kayak: (8 hrs). Introduces the novice to paddling in enclosed sheltered waters and calm conditions. Skills covered include a controlled wet exit, forward & turning strokes, assisted re-entry.
  • Level-1: Day paddling skills in sheltered waters (12 hrs). Provides the theory and skills for a daylong sea kayaking trip in sheltered waters and light winds. Includes: controlled wet exit, efficient forward & turning strokes, edging, introduction to bracing, unassisted re-entry, and Eskimo rescue.
  • Level-2: Overnight touring and intermediate boat handling (4 days). Provides the theory and skills for proficient kayaking at sea in moderate open sea conditions, including overnight camping. Includes: touring, risk assessment, efficient bracing, sculling for support, combined strokes, sustained paddling, introduction to rolling, kayak tripping with overnight camping, moderate winds and sea conditions.
  • Level-3: Seamanship and leadership in multi-day touring (4 days ). Provides the opportunity to develop leadership, risk-assessment, decision-making, judgment, group management, and general seamanship in the context of a multi-day journey.
  • Level-4: Extended touring along an exposed coast (5 days ). Provides the theory and skills for leadership in kayaking at sea in advanced conditions, open ocean, during extended periods. Includes overnight camping, rolling at sea, strong wind, ocean swell, surf landings, and strong current.


Students that have completed a Coldspring Paddling Introductory Clinic or the Basic Kayak certified course might be ready to enter directly into the Level 1 skills course if they are feeling fairly comfortable with the skills presented in those courses. Those that have a fair bit of kayaking experience, but perhaps no formal training, may also be ready to enter at Level 1.


Paddle Canada Kayak Lesson Poster

First introduced in 2012, we will again be offering a short course for young people & their guardians at Erindale Pond (possibly other locations to be added). This course is designed for kids 9 to 15 years old and each kid must have a parent or guardian (grandparent, aunt, etc.) in the course with them (there may be up to 2 kids per adult). This will be a fun 2 hours that will cover some basic aspects of kayaking. Class size is limited to 6. The cost of this session is $30/person which includes kayaks and all equipment except kid-sized PFDs (see comment below).

Conducted by a Paddle Canada-certified instructor, we will incorporate some paddling games to keep things moving quickly.

Some of the skills we will introduce during this 2 hour session:

  • How to make the kayak go straight
  • How to turn a kayak
  • How to fit a kayak (especially how to fit kids in kayaks)
  • How to fall out of a kayak
  • How to spray your parents/brother/sister/kayak instructor with a kayak pump

You must bring a PFD or life jacket that fits your child well. Although I have adult-sized PFDs to loan, I do not have child-sized PFDs available.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.

To register for one of these sessions, visit the Family-Based Clinics page.

Below is a general description for the Paddle Canada Level 1 (L1) sea kayaking course. For a listing of all PC-certified Level 1 courses currently being offered, please follow this link.

The Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills course is ideal for those that have already taken the PC Introduction to Kayaking course and want to advance their skills, or that have some time in a kayak and want to learn to do things properly and take things to a new level. This promises to be a great course with enough time to really work on a few of our skills and introduce participants to a wider world of kayaking. This course runs a minimum of 12 hours and so will be spread over two days or more depending on the course you sign up for.

If you have any questions please contact me. You can register online by choosing one of the courses listed and filling in the form. You can also check out our 4 hour Introductory Clinics and the Paddle Canada Introduction to Sea Kayaking courses. All of the dates below are 2012 dates.

See below for the course synopsis provided by Paddle Canada and follow the link to the Level 1 excerpt from the Sea Kayak Program Manual.

Sea Kayak Skills Level-1



Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.


Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.

Course Length

12 hours minimum.

Class Ratio

1 instructor: 6 participants.


Sheltered waters with uninterrupted easy landing options.


Light winds (0-11 knots) Current (0-0.5 knots) Sea state calm to light chop.


Activities focus on safety and gaining paddling skills for a day trip within a large bay or sheltered shoreline. Issues of mutual safety between paddling partners and judgements of sea conditions throughout the day and out of sight along the shore are included. Paddlers will deal with the concerns for packing a kayak and the gear necessary for a comfortable day trip and solving problems in the field. Paddlers should leave the course encouraged to continue their learning and awareness of their limitations.

Rescue SkillsPaddling skillsKnowledge
  • Unassisted re-entry
  • Assisted re-entry
  • Towing
  • Communication/signals
  • Forward stroke
  • Brace low/high
  • Sweep
  • Draw
  • Stern rudder
  • Edge control
  • Equipment
  • Journeying and seamanship
  • Safety
  • Kayaking resources

Below is a general description for the typical 4 hour introductory clinics that I offer. To see the descriptions for specific clinics and a schedule of what is being offered, follow the link.


Based on the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills course, this is a shorter session for those that don't want to commit to a full IK course, or aren't sure if kayaking is for them and gives students an opportunity to try out kayaking for the first time in a controlled setting.  This course offers some of the most basic concepts used in recreational flatwater kayaking but is not designed to be a comprehensive course.  You will be introduced to the basics of kayaking rescue techniques (how to get back in your kayak after a mishap), will learn how to launch a kayak, and will be introduced to kayak strokes. All required equipment is supplied. 

The courses are each a total of 4 hours of course time. Some courses are all in one session and others are spread over 2 sessions of 2 hours each.

Some courses include a pool session. Pool sessions are located at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre pool, 1110 Idylwyld Drive North.  Meet on the pool deck 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. Kayaks are provided at the pool but must be rented for outdoor sessions. 

Registration: Register by choosing an available course from the list and filling out the online form. You can then pay via PayPal or by cheque.

Course Content:

These fun 4 hour clinics will focus on the following techniques (content will vary a bit depending on the group and as time allows):

  • Forward & Reverse Strokes
  • Maneuvering Strokes
    • Forward sweep
    • Reverse sweep
    • Draw strokes
  • Wet Exits
    • With and without spray skirts
  • Assisted Rescues
  • Self-Rescues
    • Swimming with a swamped kayak


None. This course would be suitable for kids 12 or older.

Class Size:

Maximum of 6 participants (class will be cancelled if there are not at least 3 people).

What to Bring:

To the pool session, bring a bathing suit.  You might also wish to bring nose plugs, goggles, and water shoes if you have them.  There will be a waiver to sign so bring reading glasses if necessary.  At the pool, bring a padlock for the change room lockers (but if you forget, just bring a your stuff through to the pool deck).  The first 30 minutes of the first session is in a classroom which may be cooler.  I recommend wearing a top or sweatshirt over your swim suit for the start of the lesson.  Do not shower before coming to the pool deck.

For outdoor sessions dress for the weather and expect to get wet. Bring a spare set of warm clothes and wear clothes that can get wet. Wear footwear such as old runners or paddling shoes that can get wet. Do not wear flip flops. A hat and sunglasses are also required. More specific instructions will be provided prior to the start of your course.

Equipment Provided:

Kayaks are provided for the pool session, but must be booked for outdoor sessions. Please book a kayak during the registration process if necessary. All other equipment will be provided including paddles, PFDs (lifejackets), spray skirts, paddle floats, bilge pumps.

Other Details:

These sessions will be registered as clinics through Paddle Canada and will be taught based on the Basic Kayak Skills standard.

Questions? Feel free to contact us.



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