Courses & Clinics

Sea Kayak Instruction – Tailored to Your Needs

We offer Paddle Canada certified sea kayak instruction on Central Vancouver Island, with a special focus on new and novice paddlers.

We love to work with small groups to provide course dates and schedules that meet your needs. Want to split an 8-hour Basic course over two afternoons, or a 16-hour Level 1 course over a weekend and a few week nights? No problem! Contact us to discuss.

All our courses adhere to the instruction and certification standards set by Paddle Canada, Canada’s national association for recreational paddling. Paddle Canada certifications are nationally accredited and internationally recognized. Each year, approximately 2,500 certified instructors (like us!) deliver sanctioned courses to more than 15,000 paddlers across Canada.

Paddle Canada Certification Courses

Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills – 8 hours – $170-225/person
This course provides an introduction to the foundational skills of flatwater kayaking, with a focus on the skills and knowledge required to enjoy short paddling excursions in calm, sheltered waters with peers of similar ability.

Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills – 16 hours – $325-450/person
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the sport of sea kayaking, with a focus on the skills and knowledge required to embark on day trips in protected waters with at least one peer of similar skill level. There is a strong focus on re-entry techniques and route planning.

Skill Development Clinics

We offer a range of paddling skill development clinics based on the Paddle Canada curriculum. Our clinics are a great (and fun!) way to hone or refine your paddling skills, whether for an upcoming trip, in advance of a certification course or for personal development and enjoyment. Book a clinic for just yourself, or for a group of up to six.

We are happy to work with you to design a session that meets your unique needs as a paddler. Contact us to discuss!

  • strokes (forward, backward, sweep, draw, etc.)
  • maneuverability (edging, turning, moving sideways, moving diagonally, etc.)
  • balance and bracing against capsize
  • wet exits and rescues (assisted and self)
  • launches and landings (at the beach or off a dock)
  • gear selection, use and maintenance
  • basic navigation
  • safely planning and executing a day trip in Class I (calm) waters
  • safely adapting your equipment or skills to account for physical limitations (hips, knees, backs, shoulders, etc.)

We are based in Nanaimo and operate from a variety of lakefront and oceanfront locations in the area.

Call us today to discuss your paddling goals! We’ll create a plan to help you get there.

Up your skills. Up your confidence. Up your fun.

Gear Requirements

We prefer our students to supply their own paddling gear, including:

  • sea-worthy kayak with bulkheads and watertight compartments front and back
  • properly fitting PFD with whistle
  • kayak paddle
  • bilge pump
  • 15-metre throw line

If you are missing any of these items, please contact us. We are happy to arrange rentals!

A paddle float (foam or inflatable) is recommended for some sessions. We can provide this item if needed.