The Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course is ideal for those that have already taken the PC Basic Kayak Skills 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 will be a great course with enough time to really work on a the skills and introduce participants to a wider world of kayaking. This course runs a minimum of 16 hours* and so will be spread over an evening for some of the knowledge material, plus two days at the lake or river. The actual location of our Sunday portion will be decided on Saturday as part of the Trip Planning component of the course and will be conducted as an instructor-led group exercise.
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The pre-requisite for this course is Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills course or equivalent experience. If you do not have PC certification you must contact the instructor to discuss your experience level prior to registering. Despite the Level 1 name, this is an "early intermediate" course.
Saturday at Pike Lake will be spent going over the basics, practising rescues, and developing our paddling skills. On-water skills development will be interspersed with on-land material. We will also spend some time as a group planning a 1/2 day journey for the next day. On Sunday we will undertake that 1/2 day journey, as well as learn additional skills and practice what we learned on Saturday. Likely we will have lunch as part of our 1/2 day journey.
Those that wish to bring their own kayak are encouraged to do so, but kayaks MUST be deemed seaworthy. That means they need fore and aft bulkheads (or secured float bags), spray skirts that fit, deck lines around the fore and aft decks of the kayak, water-tight hatches, knee/thigh braces, etc., and the kayak must be in good repair. If you are uncertain about the suitability of your kayak, please contact me to discuss it beforehand.
Since we will be spending a fair bit a lot of time in the water practising recoveries, a wetsuit (or drysuit) is strongly recommended for this course. A paddling dry top or similar is also recommended. Water shoes (not flip-flops) of some sort are a requirement. Prior to the start of the course you will be contacted with a full list of what to bring and what to wear.
A 12% 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 for the code). To receive your discount, enter the code during registration.
By the end of this course you should have a good foundation for years of healthy paddling, a handful of exercises to help develop your forward stroke, proficiency in a few self- and assited-recovery techniques, familiarity with edging and the ability to apply edging to get more out of your kayak's performance, a good unserstanding of how your kayak reacts to wind and the effect on kayak performance that kayak design has.
*Note that this course has been re-designed by Paddle Canada for 2018 and is now 33% longer than previously. Previous PC Basic Kayak Skills certification is a newly added pre-requisite. The 1/2 day journey is now officially a requirement, though Coldspring Paddling has been teaching it this way all along.
|Event Date||22-Jun-2018 7:00 pm|
|Event End Date||24-Jun-2018 4:00 pm|
|Price Per Person||$220.00|
|Course Length||16 hours|
|PC Course ID||64396|
|Location||Pike Lake Provincial Park|
|Number of Registrants||Rate/Person($)|
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.