Any of a variety of kayak lessons including certified course and introductory or intermediate clinics.
These are short clinics (usually 4 to 5 hours) that introduce the novice to paddling a kayak in a safe, fun, and comfortable environment. They are suitable for those who just want to give kayaking a try and have some fun. There are no prerequisites for taking the course (no experience or skill is needed!). Like all of our courses, there is an emphasis on safe paddling. Unlike our Paddle Canada courses, no certification is awarded.
These courses follow the Paddle Canada nationally certified program. Offering highly regarded comprehensive courses in sea kayaking, they are great for those that want to delve into the fun activity of kayaking. Coldspring Paddling currently offers two types of PC 'skills' courses, the Basic Kayak Skills and Level 1 Kayak Skills (L1). The 8-hour Basic course is great for those that have never kayaked before and want to learn to do it safely and efficiently. The 16-hour L1 course is the next step up and is suitable for those that have already taken the Basic course, or those that have some paddling experience (including practicing rescues/recoveries) and want to learn to do things safely and correctly. It's also a logical next step for those that have taken the IK course and are looking to progress their skills.
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.
Clinics are shorter than the full-length certified courses and are generally set to work on a particular set of skills such as bracing technique, rescue skills or refining that forward stroke. Intermediate clinics are those that if they were part of an official Paddle Canada course would qualify as being Level 1 or above and participants should have the stated prerequisites for the particular clinic. All clinics are registered through Paddle Canada.