Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills

Course Basics:
– $325/person, GST included
– Friday evening theory session + two full weekend days on the water
– gear rental available
– half-day ocean journey — planned by you!


This 16-hour course provides a comprehensive introduction to the sport of sea kayaking, with a focus on the skills and knowledge required to undertake day trips in Class I waters with one or more paddling partners of a similar skill level. You’ll learn a variety of kayak re-entry techniques, paddle strokes and theory topics including route planning, visual navigation, equipment selection, group communication and decision making. Part of the course involves planning and executing a half-day sea kayak journey in our local area. Successful students will receive official Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills certification.

Times, Dates & Location

  • Course duration is 16 hours.
  • We run our course over two full weekend days and one weekend evening, usually Friday evening through Sunday. We find that covering trip-planning theory on Friday evening allows students more time to compete their Sunday trip plan and gives us all more practice time on the water on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 2023 Dates (Friday evening through Sunday):
    April 28-30
    May 26-28
    June 9-11
    July 21-23
    August 18-20
    September 1-3
  • All courses take place in the Nanaimo-Oceanside area. Usually the Saturday session takes place at Westwood Lake Park in Nanaimo, and the Sunday session takes place at an ocean location in the Nanaimo-Oceanside area. Friday’s land-based evening theory session takes place in Nanaimo. Exact location(s) will be determined closer to your course date.
  • Private groups: Please contact us to discuss dates that work for you

Class Size & Fees

  • 2 students minimum; 6 students maximum.
  • $325/person.
  • $60 to rent a sea kayak and equipment for the duration of the course.
  • Prices include GST.


We recommend Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills or equivalent, including:

  • Minimum 5 kayak excursions of 2-3 hours;
  • Ability to execute a controlled wet exit;
  • Ability to perform an assisted rescue.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss your experience.


Paddling Skills:

  • Forward stroke
  • Reverse stroke
  • Stopping
  • Forward sweep stroke
  • Reverse sweep stroke
  • Pivot turn
  • Pulling draw stroke
  • Sculling draw stroke
  • Low brace
  • Stern Rudder
  • Edge Control
  • Launching & Landing
  • Lifting & Carrying a Kayak
  • Vehicle Boat Tie Down

Re-Entry Skills:

  • Assisted Re-entry
    • T Rescue
    • Parallel Park and Pump Rescue
  • Unassisted Re-entry
    • Paddle Float Rescue
    • Scramble Rescue
  • Contact Tow


  • Equipment & Equipment Care
  • Communication
  • Route Planning & Basic Navigation Techniques
  • Weather
  • Sea State
  • Risk Assessment & Mitigation
  • Cold Issues & Sun Safety
  • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
  • History & Heritage
  • Kayaking Community & Resources


To register, please e-mail us at or complete the form below and we will contact you to complete your registration.

Register for Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills!

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After your submit this form, we will be in touch by email to complete your registration.
We can’t wait to see you on the water!


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