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 on the shores of Lake Superior where you and your fellow students and instructors will head out onto the Greatest Lake 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.
Do you already have your level 2 skills course or maybe you want to spend more time on Lake Superior, check out our 10-day Lake Superior Wild North shore kayaking expedition.
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.
Our certified instructors are some of Canada's best!
Ray Boucher lives in Wawa Ontario with his wife Patty. Ray has been a school teacher and an x-ray technologist, and enjoys spending his time working and recreating in the outdoors.
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 20 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada.
Really loved the level 1 course. Your personalities and the way you work together made for a fun weekend. We learned a lot and both feel better prepared to perform either an assisted or solo rescue.
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.
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- Six days of kayak instruction
- Paddle Canada Level 2 Certification (on meeting standard) and registration with Paddle Canada.
- Park camping permits
- 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.
- 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.