Kayak Lessons

PC Basic Kayak Skills (July 8th)

Rob kayaking on the Churchill River This course takes advantage of our beautiful river in Saskatoon. On land portions will be conducted at Gabriel Dumont Park (very handy for Saskatoon Canoe Club members being just a short paddle from the boathouse). For our paddling portions we will be on (and in) the South Saskatchewan River. During a warm part of the day we will find an area near some of the sandbars to practice our assisted rescues.

  • Monday, July 8th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon.

** In case of bad weather (storms, high winds, lightning) making paddling unsafe, we will delay the course or a portion of the course. If we are able to, we will continue the course into the evening. If we must, we will re-convene the next day to finish. Please plan some flexibility into your schedule to allow for weather delays. 

** Water flow on the South Saskatchewan River often peaks around late June. If the flows are too high, this course will be moved to Pike Lake instead. A final decision on water flows will be made as soon as possible before the course. Currently, very low flows are expected throughout the summer.

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).

Rescue techniques at this level incorporate the use of a paddling partner and it is essential for all Introduction to Kayaking 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.


Enclosed and sheltered with easy landing options immediately present.
This course can be conducted in a pool.


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.


Rescue 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 12% discount is available to Saskatoon Canoe Club members (use the current boathouse door code). To receive your discount, enter the code during registration. Since this class is taking place near the boathouse, current SCC members who have paid their fees and had their orientation will be able to access SCC kayaks for this course. 


Event Properties

Event Date 08-Jul-2019 8:30 am
Event End Date 08-Jul-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity: 6
Spots Available 3
Cut-off Date 07-Jul-2019 8:00 pm
Price Per Person $150.00
Instructor Bryan Sarauer
Course Length 8 hrs
PC Course ID 68590
PC Certification Yes
Location Gabriel Dumont Park, South Saskatchewan River

Group Rate

Number of Registrants Rate/Person($)
3 140.00

Venue Information - Gabriel Dumont Park, South Saskatchewan River

Gabriel Dumont Park is off of Saskatchewan Crescent West which can be reached at the west end of 8th St. or Taylor St. There is a parking lot here and a washroom facility, as well as a nice sandy beach area for easy launching and landing. Depending on the lesson and the weather, I may have a tarp set up near one of the picnic sites. 

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registration for this event

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- 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

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