Intermediate Level Kayak Skills Course

Designed to both compliment our Adult Sea Kayak Skills Course and practice skills in open water conditions. This is a great second step for sea kayakers looking to gain skills and confidence in larger bodies of water.

Your stage for lessons will be offshore of the waters along the Niagara Escarpment at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Here we can practice among rock shorelines, sand beaches and exposure to moderate water conditions. Suitable for paddlers who have had beginner kayak instruction in the past and are familiar and comfortable with basic kayak skills, and rescues. Rolling is not a requirement. Swimming and healthy fitness required.

Topics Covered in Course Topics will expand upon previous student paddling skills knowledge and introduce new concepts and detail.

  • Forward/reverse strokes with focus on efficient paddling techniques
  • Sweeps strokes with confident edging control
  • Draws, bow/crossbow draws and hanging draws
  • Bow and stern rudder strokes in various conditions
  • Fluidity and linking of strokes for given paddling situations
  • Review of standard self and assisted rescues
  • Scoop Rescues
  • Eskimo rescues
  • Hand of God rescues
  • Introduction to rolls with core concepts and learning techniques
  • Sculling for support
  • Towing in controlled scenarios
  • Emergency Communications and Planning
  • Introduction to weather forecasting/navigation

What to Bring:

Students are expected to be prepared for a day off, on and in the water: Immersion appropriate clothing - water temperatures are average 15 degrees celcius early July and 20 degrees celcius in August. Wetsuits are minimum requirement, drysuits recommended. Immersion appropriate footwear, water shoes or strapped sandles. Hat, sunscreen or UV protective clothing and sunglasses with secure tether. Lunch, snacks and bottled water- we will break in the afternoon for a half hour for lunch. On board grab snacks such as fruits, nuts, water and bars when in kayaks. Drybags as required for personal items Towels and complete change of clothes for after course.

Not required but handy:

  • Waterproof VHF radio
  • Helmet
  • Tow belt
  • Favorite Paddle

We offer many retail items for purchase, perfect for a day on the water at our store locations from top brands like Mountain Hardwear, Tilley, Level 6, Keens, Chums, Ryders, North Water, Harmony.

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: $139.99
Includes: Solo sea kayak, safety/paddling equipment, shuttle to Cameron Lake, certified instructor.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Age: 17 and older
Distance: not applicable
Duration: 8 hours
Meet at: Tobermory store @8:30am. Put in at Dunks Bay @ 9am.

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