Most new paddlers choose Ontario Sea Kayak’s Paddle Canada level 1 kayaking course to launch their new kayaking hobby. Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills is a two-day course that moves you beyond flatwater kayaking and into the sport of sea kayaking. You will learn theory on-land and paddling skills on the water that will transform your ability in a kayak dramatically in two days. Upon completion, participants are equipped with good judgment and the skill set to safely enjoy day-trips in sheltered waters.

This course will teach you how to safely exit the kayak after a capsize, how to re-enter the kayak with a partner or solo, and to do it all safely and efficiently. The course also covers day-tripping skills such as Navigation, Weather, and equipment choices.

Kayaking Certification

Certification courses are helpful because when you have completed the course successfully, you know you have a certain level of proficiency in a skill set. The truly important and valuable part of our courses, however, is the amount of helpful information you are going to acquire from our knowledgeable instructors. We often tell our students we can save them the cost of the course by helping them to not waste money on the wrong gear!

We send students away with a newfound passion for kayaking, knowledge of what equipment to buy, and some solid skills to get out and more fully enjoy our beautiful country.

Why do most paddlers choose Ontario Sea Kayak Centre?

We have been teaching Paddle Canada level 1 skill courses in Ontario since 2007. Our professional kayak instructors’ expert skill-sets and fun attitudes will make sure you learn while enjoying yourself. Our team of instructors are some of the highest trained and experienced sea kayakers in Canada. We were voted the Best Sea Kayak School in Eastern Canada by readers of Sea Kayaker Magazine. We were also recently awarded a Travel and Hospitality award as the best Watersport Company in Ontario! Who us!? Oh stop, you’re too kind. 😉
By choosing to take your course with OSKC you are helping our planet. We donate 1% of our gross revenue directly to environmental charities such as the UNESCO Georgian Bay Biosphere.

We give back for every sale.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our Paddle Canada kayaking courses in Parry Sound, Guelph Lake, and Deer Creek Conservation area. Email or call us 1-905-399-1216.

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

Course Prerequisites

Please contact us with any question related to these trip prerequisites.

  • Basic skills or equivalent experience

 What's Included

Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

Included

  • Professional, certified Paddle Canada instructors. 1:6 student ratio maximum
  • 16 Hour Sea Kayak Skills Course
  • Kayak paddle floats and rescue stirrups

What's Not Included

  • Kayak and equipment rental. (Available at checkout for $40 for the weekend)
  • All five items required by Transport Canada (paddle, pfd, pump/bailer, whistle, a throw rope with 15 m of floating line.)
  • Any parking fees at location if applicable at Guelph Lake or Deer Creek. Parking is included at OSKC.
  • If you're on a Guelph Lake course, or Deer Creek course, you may wish to book a campsite for the weekend. Camping fees are not included.
  • If you're on a Parry Sound course, you may need to book camping or accommodation. Details and links are in the Parry Sound course description.

What You Should Bring

A detailed gear list is sent before the start of the trip but this can get you started.

  • 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 wetsuit is recommended for your personal comfort but not necessary.
  • Your kayak, kayak skirt, paddle and pfd as well as all Transport Canada required safety gear (entire package available to for rent for $40 fee if needed)

 Lessons in Parry Sound, Ontario

Our Parry Sound courses are run at Nine-Mile lake. This beautiful park offers a picturesque location with free parking and a picnic area.

Turn your level 1 course into a weekend away!  Stay onsite at or Parry Sound base in one of our on-site six prospector walled tents. On-site we have a screened-in pavilion/outdoor kitchen where each tent has its own labeled cupboard with personal dishware, cookware, fridge space, and everything you need except your own food! We also have a washing station with treated drinkable water for all your needs as well as cedar-lined hot outdoor showers.

Our accommodation is called Harmony Outdoor Inn and has countless five-star reviews. If you want even more luxury, there is also an on-site three-room B&B. To book to stay on-site check out our sister company Harmony Outdoor Inn for more details and availability. Use discount code “OSKCstudent” to get 15% off accommodation!

Womens’ Only Level 1 Skills Courses: Please note that the following courses are women-only.
July 16-17th 2021
August 6-7th 2021 

Course Notes

This course starts at 09:00 -17:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend kayak equipment and rental available $40 +HST.

Your Instructors

Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!

Heather Stewart

I love helping people find their connection to their kayak... Yoga for Paddlers is a great way to find how to move and be one with the boat.

Joedy Ebert

Joedy has been teaching teenagers for 25 years but she has always recharged at and on the water. She got her Paddle Canada start with OSKC 10 years ago, spending the years since padding the shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara waterways. She is thrilled to be joining the team at OSKC.

Kate Schneider

Other than a brief and grumpy interlude during her undergrad in southern Ohio, Kate has always lived around the Great Lakes. As a kayaking instructor, she brings her love of the Great Lakes environment by introducing students to the joys of calm and dynamic conditions and talking incessantly about rocks, winds, and flora seen around the Georgian Bay. When not kayaking, Kate is an artist and instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

Dympna Hayes

Dympna is co-owner and operator, of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre along with her partner and husband James. She loves sharing her craft with others through her coaching on skills courses and through her guiding while on kayaking trips.

James Roberts

James started kayaking at 18. Since then his paddling career has taken him all over the world as an expedition leader and senior kayak instructor.

2 Days

Price p.p. from:

$345 

plus taxes

Course Dates

June 18 – 19, 2022
July 16 – 17, 2022
July 30 – 31, 2022
August 6 – 7, 2022
August 27 – 28, 2022

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Course Location and Driving Directions

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre

Parry Sound, Ontario

We will start the course at our base here in Parry Sound.

Driving Directions Address:
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre
6 Harmony Lane
Parry Sound, ON

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Ontario Sea Kayak Centre
Parry Sound, Ontario

We will start the course at our base here in Parry Sound.

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 Lessons in Guelph Lake, Ontario

You may wish to book a campsite at Guelph Lake Conservation Area and enjoy a fun weekend getaway!

You will meet our instructors in the parking lot near the causeway to “The Island” at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph, ON. Look for a big kayak trailer!

Course Notes

This course runs 09:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend kayak equipment and rental available $40 +HST.

Your Instructors

Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!

Jeff Phaneuf

Jeff Phaneuf is one of OSKC's graduates and newest coaches. He has been a teacher/coach (volleyball & rugby) at Ursuline College in Chatham for almost a quarter of a century. He is now combining his passion for teaching/coaching and the outdoors to his kayaking adventures in order to share his joy of being on the water.

His one luxury item on trip is his sacred Aeropress.

Jeff Arbing
Jeff Arbing

Jeff is the primary instructor/mentor for all new recruits with a large southern Ontario Police Service. He also instructs senior level adult education, mental resiliency/leadership and supervisory courses.

2 Days

Price p.p. from:

$345 

plus taxes

Course Dates

May 28 – 29, 2022
June 4 – 5, 2022
June 25 – 26, 2022
July 9 – 10, 2022

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Course Location and Driving Directions

Guelph Lake Conservation Area

Guelph Lake, Ontario

You will meet our instructors in the parking lot near the causeway to “The Island” at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph, Ontario. Look for a big kayak trailer!

Driving Directions Address:
Guelph Lake Conservation Area
Conservation Road
Guelph, ON

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Guelph Lake Conservation Area
Guelph Lake, Ontario

You will meet our instructors in the parking lot near the causeway to “The Island” at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph, Ontario. Look for a big kayak trailer!

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 Lessons in Langton, Ontario

Deer Creek is a stunning little spring-fed lake. This clean lake is a great place to take this course.

You may want to book a campsite at Deer Creek Conservation Area and enjoy a fun weekend getaway!

Course Notes

The course starts at 0900 and will be finished by 1700 each day.

Weekend kayak equipment and rental available $40 +HST.

Your Instructors

Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!

Jeff Arbing
Jeff Arbing

Jeff is the primary instructor/mentor for all new recruits with a large southern Ontario Police Service. He also instructs senior level adult education, mental resiliency/leadership and supervisory courses.

Jeff Phaneuf

Jeff Phaneuf is one of OSKC's graduates and newest coaches. He has been a teacher/coach (volleyball & rugby) at Ursuline College in Chatham for almost a quarter of a century. He is now combining his passion for teaching/coaching and the outdoors to his kayaking adventures in order to share his joy of being on the water.

His one luxury item on trip is his sacred Aeropress.

2 Days

Price p.p. from:

$345 

plus taxes

Course Dates

August 13 – 14, 2022

Know someone who wants to take this course?

Buy them a Gift Certificate

Course Location and Driving Directions

Deer Creek Conservation Area

Langton, Ontario

Deer Creek Conservation Area captures the feeling of northern Ontario. Just a short drive north of Long Point, Deer Creek is the perfect place to have a picnic or sleep under the stars. The campground has 40 sites, including 23 with electrical service.

Driving Directions Address:
Deer Creek Conservation Area
Norfolk County Road 45
Langton, ON

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Deer Creek Conservation Area
Langton, Ontario

Deer Creek Conservation Area captures the feeling of northern Ontario. Just a short drive north of Long Point, Deer Creek is the perfect place to have a picnic or sleep under the stars. The campground has 40 sites, including 23 with electrical service.

Get Driving Directions

 Lessons in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Rondeau Provincial Park offers kilometers of sandy beaches, grassy dunes, and the amenities you would expect of one of our provincial parks. Conveniently located for students from Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, London, and anywhere you are willing to travel from for this amazing location.

Campsites are available. We recommend booking early. Visit the Rondeau Provincial Park booking site. 

Escape the city for the weekend and learn a new skill!

Course Notes

The course starts at 0900 and will be finished by 1700 each day.

Weekend kayak equipment and rental available $40 +HST.

Your Instructor

Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!

Jeff Phaneuf

Jeff Phaneuf is one of OSKC's graduates and newest coaches. He has been a teacher/coach (volleyball & rugby) at Ursuline College in Chatham for almost a quarter of a century. He is now combining his passion for teaching/coaching and the outdoors to his kayaking adventures in order to share his joy of being on the water.

His one luxury item on trip is his sacred Aeropress.

2 Days

Price p.p. from:

$345 

plus taxes

Course Dates

July 16 – 17, 2022
September 3 – 4, 2022

Know someone who wants to take this course?

Buy them a Gift Certificate

Course Location and Driving Directions

Rondeau Provincial Park

Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Rondeau Provincial Park offers beautiful long sand beaches and all the amenities you would expect of a Provincial Park. Campsites are available as well, book early to secure your site.

Driving Directions Address:
Rondeau Provincial Park
Rondeau Park Road
Morpeth, ON

Get Driving Directions

Rondeau Provincial Park
Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Rondeau Provincial Park offers beautiful long sand beaches and all the amenities you would expect of a Provincial Park. Campsites are available as well, book early to secure your site.

Get Driving Directions

Best Experience Ever! This should be anybody's first place to come for any kind of paddling!! So far, I did both the Kayak Level 1 and the pool courses. Fantastic! The result was that I always had fun...while waiting for more. For anyone waiting on the sidelines... The best thing was that the instructors always had an eye on me, I felt so safe.

Caitlin L.

 International Visitors

We are more than willing to accommodate you in any way that we can.  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 1-905-399-1216


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