By the time students come back to us for a Paddle Canada Level 3 course, they are usually already venturing competently on multi-day trips. Additional coaching in a more dynamic environment takes paddlers to the next level.

Learn advanced rough water paddling skills, leadership, and group management for multi-day trips in class-3 water. Group members take turns leading and making decisions based upon weather and sea state during a multi-day journey. At this level, participants will work out solutions to possible scenarios in dynamic conditions. There will be much less instruction and teaching at this level and more learning from debriefing scenarios and from the peer group that we form.

We teach this level in an ego-free, challenge-by-choice environment and encourage all genders and ages to come and have fun learning and progressing in this sport.

This year we will be heading to the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and running the course in the 100 wild islands conservation area. This area will give us the exposure we need to learn, practice and progress. We will be camping on the outer Islands during the course.

What You Will Learn

  • Practical application of leadership and group management.
  • Risk assessment and incident management.
  • Judgment and decision-making.
  • General seamanship skills.
  • Knowledge and experience to take dynamic multi-day kayaking trips on the ocean.
  • Improved stroke technique and efficiency.

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Course Prerequisites

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

  • Paddle Canada Level-2 skills or equivalent.
  • Well-developed strokes (efficient forward paddling, bracing, and the ability to flow strokes together).
  • Confidence in waves and current.
  • Rolling and towing are necessary at this level. (Contact us for private rolling coaching before the course).

 What's Included

Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

Included

  • Paddle Canada certified instructors.
  • Five days of instruction.

What's Not Included

  • Sea Kayak and paddling equipment (rental options available during registration).
  • Camping gear and food.

 Lessons in East Ships Harbour, Nova Scotia

We are offering this course on the East coast for a couple of reasons. Tidal water gives us a dynamic learning environment, allows us to practice tide management and also to play in current and surf zones. Scenario based learning will allow us to practice key skills and take away key learning elements from having experienced them in the environment they are intended to work in

Course Notes

We will meet at the start of the course at Norse Cove Camping located on Nova Scotia’s stunning Eastern Shore. Norse Cove is less than 90 minutes from Halifax. These 100 wild islands will allow us to navigate, camp out and look for dynamic water around the outer islands.

Your Instructor

Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!

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.

5 Days

Price p.p. from:

$799 

plus taxes

Course Dates

September 20 – 24, 2023

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Course Location and Driving Directions

East Ships Harbour, Nova Scotia

East Ships Harbour, Nova Scotia

We will start our course from Norse Cove. From this base, we can head out into the 100-Wild Islands conservation area.

Driving Directions Address:
Norse Cove Seaside Camping
Dewolfes Road
Tangier, Nova Scotia

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East Ships Harbour, Nova Scotia
East Ships Harbour, Nova Scotia

We will start our course from Norse Cove. From this base, we can head out into the 100-Wild Islands conservation area.

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What a boost to your kayaking self-confidence to have Dympna and James alongside you in the water! Their wet exit demonstration and one-on-one support made learning fun not fearful.

Elizabeth H.

 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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