Paddle Canada Certification – Level One Sea Kayaking
What to bring
Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours) in class-0 conditions.
Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions.
Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions.
This course runs in Class-1 conditions which are described as:
Non-challenging waters with mild wind effect (0-20 km/h or 0–11 knots), little or no current (0-1 km/h or 0–0.5 knots), uninterrupted easy landing options, and ready access to land-based assistance. Sea state is calm to light chop.
Launching and landing
Forward and reverse strokes
Equipment and equipment care
Route planning and basic navigation techniques
Half day kayak journey
Risk assessment and mitigation
Cold issues and sun safety
Impact of kayakers on the environment
History and heritage
Vehicle boat tie down
Kayaking community and resources
Things you’ll want to bring include;
Foot wear suitable to wear in the water with good support. Flip flop style shoes are not recommended.
Personal water bottle
Dry suit or wetsuit if you own one
Dry bag(s) with day trip gear
$300pp includes all equipment and safety gear associated with sea kayaking in Canadian waters. Typically 6 hours of land based learning and up to 12 hours on the water.
Evolution Assistant Guide Training (N/A 2021 season)
What to bring
Those interested in developing their kayaking skills before taking the Evolution course are encouraged to consider the Paddle Canada Level One course offered by Halfmoon Sea Kayaks on the Sunshine Coast
This six-day course is designed for prospective certified guides and intermediate kayakers seeking to develop their expedition capabilities.
The course provides numerous opportunities to develop skills through experiential learning. During controlled simulations, participants experiment with a wide variety of guiding tools, leadership styles and paddling techniques. Each day, numerous challenging and instructive opportunities are facilitated. Our curriculum is comprehensive and our guide instructors are talented educators.
The wealth of experiential knowledge conveyed and practiced during the course enables each participant to significantly boost their skill level and confidence.
All personal gear associated with a six day kayaking tour including your kayak and required safety equipment. (kayak rentals available at a significant discount from Halfmoon Sea Kayaks)
(Due to Covid-19 this course will not run for the 2021 Season) – Paddle Canada Level One highly recommended before this expedition style course