Sea Kayak Skills Course Tobermory

We love teaching and you'll love learning so much more than merely getting from A to B in a kayak with our introductory skills course.

Come and paddle with our Paddle Canada certified guides as they walk you through the outfitting, strokes and essential rescue techniques that will help you be safe and prepared for your own paddling adventures. It's like the saying goes "Give a fish, they eat for a day. Teach them to fish and they are full forever". Suitable for beginner sea or recreational kayak paddlers who want to develop their skills, this day on the water will be a fun filled experience in paddling.


  • kayak design and features
  • basic comfort and outfitting of your boat
  • forward, stopping and reverse paddling, sweep strokes, draw strokes, stern rudders
  • low and high braces
  • introduction to edging
  • introduction to various towing techniques
  • wet exits
  • important rescue skills such as assisted and solo rescues.
  • introduction to safety communications

Courses are held on a small, warm inland lake 15 minutes outside of the town of Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula. We will be in the water for a portion of the course so be prepared to get wet and dress appropriately. Lunch is not provided but we will break onshore so that the group may rest and have their own prepared meals.

Confidence on the water and basic swimming skills required.

CONSIDERATIONS: Trips may be cancelled or changed due to hazardous weather conditions. Minimum of 4 participants registered to run. We adhere to a "leave no trace" policy. Intoxicants not permitted.

Cost: $109.99/person (Use your own sea kayak and save $20)
Includes: Solo sea kayak, safety/paddling equipment, shuttle to Cameron Lake, certified instructor.
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Age: 17 and above
Distance: not applicable
Duration: 1 Day: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meet at: Tobermory store at 8:30am. Course begins at 9am at Cameron Lake public boat launch.

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