In 2018 Paddle Canada split the Paddle Canada Level 2 skills course curriculum up into paddling and knowledge skills and Wilderness Camping Skills. Before that time we would run our course over five days on trip in Georgian Bay’s many islands. In our opinion, these were some of the best level 2 skills courses we ever ran. There is so much learning that happens in the evenings in camp from discussions with our instructors and other students on the course which are invaluable. There is so much learning that happens from living outdoors in regards to changes in the weather. So back this year by popular demand is the on-trip version of our level 2 skills program.

The course will start with an online lesson to prepare you to show up to the course with the right camping equipment and food. (Camping gear rentals are available). The course will start in person at one of our Georgian Bay launch sites where you and your fellow students and instructors will head out into the Islands and set up camp. You will learn how to select and navigate to a good campsite. How to set up tarps and tents to comfortably live outdoors for 6 days and camp kitchen and sanitation skills. Once you are settled in you will work on the level 2 paddling skills, rescue skills, navigation, towing, and more all while monitoring the weather and exploring the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. This course will teach you all the necessary skills to use your kayak to camp and explore, safely and effectively.

What You Will Learn

  • Efficient paddling strokes
  • New maneuvering skills
  • Skills to Monitor and predict the weather
  • Land and water based navigation
  • Towing and Advanced Rescues
  • Kayak Rolling
  • Food preparation and water purification
  • Camping skills - Shelter, Water, Food, Fire, Animal issues and more.

Your Instructors

Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!

Mark Gibeault

As an avid marathon paddler, Mark is always looking to refine the forward stroke and loves the efficiency of the Greenland Paddle, a shout-out to Traditional Indigenous Knowledge! A teacher by trade and lifelong learner, he also collects paddling certifications. Amongst his collection, PC Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills and is a PC Level 2 Instructor and Kayak Rolling Instructor.

Scott Rosborough

Scott Rosborough

Scott Rosborough has been paddling and teaching for Ontario Sea Kayak Centre for eight years and is one of our best rolling instructors. He is a Paddle Canada Level Two Instructor, A Paddle Canada Rolling Instructor and he has his Level Three Skills.

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.

Price p.p. from:

$995 

plus taxes

Dates

July 17–22, 2023

July 31–August 5, 2023

Course Prerequisites

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

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

 What's Included

Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

Included

  • Six days of kayak instruction
  • Paddle Canada Level 2 Certification (on meeting standard) and registration with Paddle Canada.
  • Paddle Canada Wilderness Camping Certification (on meeting standard) and registration with Paddle Canada.
  • Highly trained insured kayak instructors with decades of experience.
  • Complimentary copy of: Navigation, Sea state and Weather. A Paddler’s Manual.
  • Group camping equipment. Large tarps, group safety equipment.
  • Expedition First Aid Kit. Guides are Wilderness Medical Associates First Responder Certified.

What's Not Included

  • Touring Sea Kayak and required safety gear. (Rentals available. Reserve during checkout)
  • Tent and sleeping mat. (Rentals available. Reserve during checkout)
  • Camp cooking gear and food. (What to bring will be taught during the online lesson.)
  • Parking fees during the course. (Budget around $10/day)
  • Trip cancellation insurance. Trip medical/Cancellation insurance strongly recommended.

What You Should Bring

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

  • A detailed packing list will be sent to you prior to the course. You will also learn what to bring during the online zoom lessons with your instructors before the course.

Price p.p. from:

$995 

plus taxes

Dates

July 17–22, 2023

July 31–August 5, 2023

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 Course Location

Georgian Bay, Ontario

Out on Georgian Bay, Ontario

Head out on Georgian Bay with one of our instructors from one of our five Georgian Bay launch spots.

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Georgian Bay, Ontario
Out on Georgian Bay, Ontario

Head out on Georgian Bay with one of our instructors from one of our five Georgian Bay launch spots.

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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.

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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


We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this trip or about any of our other trips or courses.

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