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Paddle Canada Level 1


Kayaking Lessons

Day tripping in your kayak

Most of our beginner students choose this kayaking course to launch their paddling careers. Theory learned on land and skills practiced on water transform students like no other course. Participants are equipped with good judgment and confidence to safely enjoy daytrips on sheltered waters.

What's covered on our Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills kayak course:

  • Learn how to safely and properly enter and exit a kayak.
  • Wet exits – learn how to safely and confidently exit your kayak in case of capsize. This is probably the most important skill you will ever learn.
  • Basic strokes - forward and reverse paddling, forward and reverse sweeps, pivoting, stopping, draw strokes, stern rudders and bracing.
  • Self-rescue and assisted rescue – essential safety skills for solo and group paddles.
  • Theory – weather conditions, signals, packing, gear and problem solving.
  • Buying your first kayak? The choices are endless. Our knowledgeable instructors can advise which boats will meet your needs and price point. 

Kayaking Certification:  Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills, with OSKC endorsement upon meeting required standard. 

Price: $295 +HST (weekend kayak equipment and rental available $40 +HST)

Kayak lessons in Parry Sound (Ontario Sea Kayak Centre) - 2017 dates

3-4 June 2017
22-23 July 2017
26-27 August 2017
23-24 September 2017

This course runs 0900-1700 Saturday and Sunday.

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50% Deposit due on booking.

Parry Sound courses are based at OSKC home base. Check out Harmony Outdoor Inn to book on-site glamping or B&B accommodation during your course
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Kayak lessons Burlington Beach - 2017 dates

29-30 July 2017
19-20 August 2017

This course runs 0900-1700 Saturday and Sunday.

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50% Deposit due on booking.

This course is held at Burlington Beach. Park in the parking lot near the public washrooms.
(Look for a big kayak trailer!)

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Kayak lessons in Guelph Lake (Guelph Lake) - 2017 dates

24-25 June 2017
8-9 July 2017
12-13 August 2017

This course runs 0900-1700 Saturday and Sunday. 

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50% Deposit due on booking.

Meet in the parking lot near the causeway to "The Island" at Guelph Lake Conservation area, Guelph, ON
(Look for a big kayak trailer!)

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What to bring to your kayaking lesson

  • Lunch, plenty of drinking water, and sun protection (sun block, hat)
  • Towel and change of clothes (for after the wet skills portion of the course)
  • A wet suit is recommended for your personal comfort but not necessary 
  • If you’re bringing your own kayak, you will need a paddle, pump, PFD with whistle and 15m floating rope.  

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our Paddle Canada kayaking courses in Toronto, Barrie and Parry Sound. Email or call us 705-771-9555.  


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 Thanks for the sea kayak level 1course over the weekend. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to the level 2 course next year.


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 6 Harmony Lane
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 0B1 Canada

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