Where to Start

Kayak courses and certification explained.

What is Paddle Canada?

All of our instructors are Paddle Canada certified. So what is Paddle Canada? Paddle Canada is a national certification sea kayak program. The program includes nationally recognized certifications in five skill levels, five Instructor levels, and four instructor-trainer Levels.

Paddle Canada certification skill levels begin with the Basic Kayaking Course and progress to knowledge and skill development necessary for safe sea kayak touring along Canada’s magnificent open sea coasts and freshwater shorelines.

Where do you fit in? Choosing the right kayak lesson

Paddle Canada Basic Kayaking

You just beginning and would like to try out a kayak? Are you nervous, or do you plan to only kayak on inland lakes, at the cottage or down lazy rivers? You will learn the basics in this 8 hour day program.

Paddle Canada Level One Skills

You plan on kayaking on any of the Great Lakes and like the idea of day trips, with the possibility of taking longer kayaking trips one day, begin instead with this weekend course.

Paddle Canada Level Two Skills

You have been kayaking for a while. Maybe you have taken your Paddle Canada Level One certification or feel you may have equivalent skills. You would like to gain confidence with conditions more challenging than flat water? You are interested in improving navigation, weather planning, towing and your own personal paddling skills. This is a four day course based at our centre in Parry Sound with day-trips out onto Georgian Bay.

Paddle Canada Level Three Skills

By this level you know where you are at in the Paddle Canada system. You have the prerequisite of the Level 2 skills course and are ready to come out in more dynamic water packing all your own food and gear. You are ready for peer-to-peer paddling with opportunities to discuss and handle numerous scenarios that could be encountered while tripping in rough waters. For this five-day course, we will be heading out on trip and camping overnight.


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