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Paddle Canada Level 2


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Great Lakes Tripping Course

One of our most popular Paddle Canada courses, the Great Lakes tripping course/Paddle Canada Level 2 skills, transforms day paddlers into kayak trippers. Along the beautiful and rugged North Shore of Georgian Bay, paddlers gain the skills and experience to head out on overnight trips with friends and paddling clubs.

Immersed in fresh air and the beauty of a wilderness classroom, Paddle Canada Level 2 participants will learn and work together, taking turns on route plans and contingencies, risk management and leadership.

Instead of Paddle Canada’s minimum four-day course with a single overnight, we offer this course over five-days to ensure superior competence, with a spectacular learning environment. Join our experienced, qualified kayak instructors on a multi-day kayak trip.

The course begins on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am but all participants are encouraged to arrive the evening before and book accommodation with us at Harmony Outdoor Inn follow the link to book a spot for Tuesday night. Use the discount code "PClevel2" for a 20% discount off your Tuesday night stay. We will be coaching from here on Wednesday and preparing for our trip. You'll spend Wednesday evening at Harmony Outdoor Inn and then depart for Killarney early Thursday morning. Accommodation is included in the course fees for Wednesday night in our prospector tents on raised platforms. You'll take out from Killarney on Sunday around noon and the final lunch and de-brief is held at Herbert's fish and chips in Killarney town (Please bring cash for this). Students will be ready for departure home at around 3:00 pm. 

Skills learned on our Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills kayak course

Water based skills

  • Efficient forward strokes
  • New maneuvering skills
  • Rolling
  • Towing
  • Advanced rescues

Land based skills

  • Monitoring and predicting the weather
  • Land and water based navigation
  • Food preparation and water purification
  • Camp safety and sanitation protocols
  • Shelter skills

Paddle Canada certification:

Paddle Canada Level 2 skills certification with OSKC endorsement is achieved upon meeting required standards for this course.

We are passionate about helping paddlers pursue their goals. Assessment is ongoing during the trip, with one-on-one assistance provided for skills that aren’t clicking.

For participants who still need to demonstrate a few of the required skills in order to pass their Level 2, we will re-test at no charge for up to a full year from the course start date.

Prerequisites for this kayak course
Paddle Canada Level 1 (or equivalent via other classes and experience), which includes theory, basic strokes, wet exit, plus self and assisted rescues.

What is included?

  • Five days of sea kayak instruction
  • Glamping accommodation at Harmony Outdoor Inn Wednesday night
  • Camping on georgian bay for 3 nights
  • Food while on trip Thursday lunch to Sunday breakfast. (Meals at Harmony are not included (Tuesday-Wednesday), but we have a full outdoor kitchen for your use, bring cash for final fish and chip lunch in Killarney Sunday)
  • Certification (on meeting standard) and registration with Paddle Canada.
  • Complementary copy of: Navigation, Sea state and Weather. A Paddlers Manual.

Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills dates (Five Days)

12-16 July 2017
9-13 August 2017
30 August - 3 September 2017

Price: $780 +HST (kayak equipment and rental available $30 +HST per day)
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Please note there is a daily parking fee at Killarney which you are responsible for but we will try to facilitate car pooling from OSKC for anyone interested in sharing the cost.

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INTERNATIONAL VISITORS:  We are more than willing to accommodate you in any way that we can. Visit our International Visitors page or contact us to see how we can help!

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our Paddle Canada kayak courses. Please email or call us 705-771-9555. 

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 At 45 years old, I just learned to swim a couple years ago so the flatwater kayaking course was a great introduction to kayaking for me as a beginner.