Kayak Lessons

PC Basic Kayak Skills (June 19th)

Join us at Pike Lake Provincial Park for a day of learning the basics of kayaking in this Paddle Canada-certified course.  This course has a pool session where we will practice the "wet stuff" - how to fall out and how to get back in the kayak on the water, then continues on Pike Lake for the rest of the paddling skills.

  • Saturday, June 19th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Pike Lake Provincial Park
  • This course begins with a pool session at Pike Lake Outdoor Pool from 8:30 - 10:00 AM.
  • After the pool session, the course continues on Pike Lake itself.

** 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. 

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. 

Regarding COVID:

  1. If you have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and let me know. I will try to accommodate you in an upcoming course after the symptoms have cleared. If symptoms appear after the course, please contact me ASAP (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  2. Masks will be required when we are on shore in a group that cannot be well-spaced.
  3. We will maintain spacing when on the water and on land to minimize risk of transmission.
  4. During this course we practice rescues where rescuer and the swimmer are in moderately close contact for the duration of the rescue. You are encouraged to sign up with a partner with whom you can work on rescues to further limit the potential spread of COVID. If you sign up as an individual, you will be assigned one other paddler to work with.
  5. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect me, protect the other students, and to protect yourself.  


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 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.


Rescue skills

Wet Exit
Retrieving a swamped kayak
Assisted Rescues

Paddling skills

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


Kayak design & outfitting
Safety Equipment
Injury prevention
Equipment care
Kayaking resources

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

If you need to rent a kayak for the course, buy both the "Course Fee" and "Kayak Rental" using the registration system. 

Due to people booking a course 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 or prefer to pay by e-transfer or cheque, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 306-370-3462 to register.

Note, there is a waiver for this course (as with all courses). A copy of the waiver will be sent to you upon registration, a parent or guardian must sign for those 18 or under. You can also find the waiver here. You can also find the waiver here.

Event Properties

Event Date 19-Jun-2021 8:30 am
Event End Date 19-Jun-2021 5:00 pm
Capacity: 6
Spots Available 0
Cut-off Date 18-Jun-2021 6:00 pm
Price Per Person $180.00
Instructor Bryan Sarauer
Course Length 8 hrs
PC Course ID 73783
PC Certification Yes
Extra Info Pool Session Included
Location Pike Lake Provincial Park

Group Rate

Number of Registrants Rate/Person($)
4 165.00

Venue Information - Pike Lake Provincial Park

Our lessons at Pike Lake occur at the Cabin Owner's Beach (aka North Beach or 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. 

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registration for this event

Location Map

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

"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

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

- Marvin Doepker, Saskatoon