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.

WOMEN’S-ONLY LEVEL 2 SKILLS
New this year we have one course that will be for Women only. This will be the August 9th-14th 2022 course. Head over to our Women’s Only Level 2 skill and Wilderness Camping Course Page.

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!

David Johnston

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.

Greg Mason

Greg has been paddling and teaching kayaking on Georgian Bay for around 25 yrs… since he was not but a wee grasshopper.

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.

Kris Shaw

She enjoys sharing her passion for being outdoors and teaching others how to be safe and comfortable while seeking new adventures and pushing the envelope, just a little.

Her motto – ‘life should fit into a kayak’.

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.

Ray Boucher

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.

Price p.p. from:

$995 

plus taxes

Dates

July 5–10, 2022

August 9–14, 2022 Sold Out!

August 16–21, 2022 Sold Out!

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)

What You Should Bring

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

Price p.p. from:

$995 

plus taxes

Dates

July 5–10, 2022

August 9–14, 2022 Sold Out!

August 16–21, 2022 Sold Out!

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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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It was a great time. The Instructors were tremendous people with vast knowledge and precision execution of skills. We had 2 people In our group whose skill set was well below everyone else. Both instructors showed nurturing patience that not only provide the weak paddlers' comfort but the rest of us with the license to push ourselves at the same time.

Jeff P.

 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


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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