Kayak Lessons

PC Level 1 Sea Kayak (July 22 & 23)

PC Level 1 Sea Kayak (July 22 & 23)

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 two days at the lake or river plus you can expect some homework. The actual location of our second day will be decided on the first day as part of the Trip Planning component of the course and will be conducted as an instructor-led group exercise. 

Dates, times & locations:

  • Thursday, July 22nd, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Pike Lake Provincial Park
  • Friday, July 23rd, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - TBD/South Saskatchewan River

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. 

Our first day will be spent going over the basics, practising rescues, and developing our paddling skills. On-water skills development will be interspersed with on-land knowledge material. We will also spend some time as a group planning a 1/2 day journey for the second day. On our second day we will undertake that 1/2 day journey, as well as learn additional skills and practice what we learned in the first portion. Likely we will have lunch as part of our 1/2 day journey. In previous years we have met for the second day portion at a launch spot on the South Saskatchewan River outside of Saskatoon and paddled upstream working on skills as we went, had lunch on a sandbar, paddled around that area, and returned to our launch spot by the end of the day. Doing this portion as a one-way trip with a shuttle is an option, but will require a fair bit of extra time. We will discuss the options and make our decision based on the desires of the group with consideration for distance, access, weather, current levels and so on.

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. 

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 assisted-recovery techniques, familiarity with edging and the ability to apply edging to get more out of your kayak's performance, a good understanding 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. 

Recovery Skills
  • Bow rescue
  • Unassisted re-entry
  • Assisted re-entry
  • Towing
  • Communication/signals    
Paddling Skills
  • Forward stroke       
  • Low brace
  • Sweep
  • Draw
  • Stern rudder
  • Edge control
  • Equipment
  • Journeying and seamanship
  • Safety
  • Kayaking resources


Unfortunately, due to people booking a course and not showing up, and not paying for their spot, I now require booking through PayPal only (you do not need a PayPal account). 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 and I'll happily make other arrangements.

Event Properties

Event Date 22-Jul-2021 9:00 am
Event End Date 23-Jul-2021 5:00 pm
Capacity: 6
Spots Available 3
Cut-off Date 21-Jul-2021 8:00 pm
Price Per Person $220.00
Instructor Bryan Sarauer
Course Length 16 hours
PC Course ID 73784
PC Certification Yes
Location Pike Lake Provincial Park

Group Rate

Number of Registrants Rate/Person($)
3 210.00

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. 

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