Kayak Lessons

PC Basic Kayak Skills (June 12 & 15)

PC Basic Kayak Skills (June 12 & 15)

This course starts in the pool at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre where we focus on how to fall out of and get back into our kayaks (recoveries), then continues at Pike Lake where we cover the remainder of the course material. 

  • Wednesday, June 12th, 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre (1110 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon)
  • Saturday, June 15th, 9:00 AM - ~4:00 PM at Pike Lake Provincial Park (park access fee or entry permit is required).

In the Basic Kayak Skills course we will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to begin kayaking and set the foundation for many years of efficient, healthy, and safe paddling.  


The description below is adapted from the Paddle Canada website.


Basic Kayak Skills introduces the novice to paddling a kayak in calm sheltered water (such as sheltered portions of prairie lakes).

Recovery techniques at this level incorporate the use of a paddling partner and it is essential for all Basic Kayak Skills certified paddlers to travel on the water with others who have been trained in the techniques of assisted rescues.



Course length

8 hours minimum.

Class ratio

1 instructor: 6 participants.


Wind calm ( < 15km/hr); Water calm to rippled.


Activities focus on individual safety and comfortable paddling along a calm shoreline. While there is a great deal to learn at this level, the activities should concentrate on personal progress and an awareness of the need for future learning. Paddlers should leave the course encouraged to continue their learning and aware of their individual limitations.


Recovery skills

Wet Exit
Retrieving a swamped kayak
Assisted Rescue

Paddling skills

Lifting and carrying a kayak.
Forward and reverse paddling.
Forward and reverse sweep strokes.
Draw stroke
Low brace


Boat design
Boat outfitting
Safety Equipment
Injury prevention
Equipment care
Kayaking resources

Cancellation within 7 days of the course start will forfeit your course fees & kayak fee; please let me know ASAP if you are unable to attend.

If you need to borrow a kayak for the course, please book it through the registration system when booking your course. 

A 10% discount is available to Saskatoon Canoe Club members (use the current boathouse door code) and Classic Outdoors Adventure Club members (using the code provided to you or contact the COAC to get the coupon code). To receive your discount, enter the code during registration.

Unfortunately, due to people booking a course and not showing up, and not paying for their spot, I now require booking through PayPal only (credit card or PayPal accounts can be used). If you are unable to pay online, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 306-370-3462.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-Jun-2019 8:00 pm
Event End Date 15-Jun-2019 4:00 pm
Capacity: 6
Spots Available 6
Cut-off Date 12-Jun-2019 6:00 pm
Price Per Person $170.00
Instructor Bryan Sarauer
Course Length 8 hours
PC Course ID 67752
PC Certification Yes
Location Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre + Pike Lake

Group Rate

Number of Registrants Rate/Person($)
3 160.00

Venue Information - Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre + Pike Lake

Our lessons at Pike Lake occur at the Cabin Owner's Beach (Hoyte's Beach) near the tennis courts and the Girl Guide camp. There is a park gate just north of where we meet, but it is locked during the summer months so you will need to arrive via the main gate. There is a basic outhouse here but no other amenities. A tarp will be set up if rain threatens. 

Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre (HBAC) pool is located just off of Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon near Saskatchewan Polytechnic (1110 Idylwyld Drive North). Sometimes they don't allow us to enter the pool area too much before our pool time so if you show up quite early they may not let you in to the change rooms. We usually meet on the pool deck (look for the rack of kayaks). Since we are not into the water until for a bit of time, don't shower when you come out to the pool area. 

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What our Students are Saying about Us

"I wanted to stop and tell you that you are among
the best instructors I've ever had."
- Pool Student

What our Students are Saying about Us

- Donelda Gowan-Moody, Saskatoon

"Thank you very much for the paddling instruction.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Our son says that kayaking is AWESOME!"

What our Students are Saying about Us

"You were very informative and I would recommend your class to
anyone considering taking up kayaking."

- Marvin Doepker, Saskatoon