Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Courses
White Rock, Surrey, Greater Vancouver and Southwestern BC
Paddle Canada is a non-profit organization representing recreational paddlers across Canada. Among their objectives is
the development of standard skill sets and promotion of safe and enjoyable paddling.
Basic Sea Kayaking Course (8
hours) - Lessons introduce the participant to the kayak and related safety equipment, clothing appropriate for different
conditions as well as Department of Transport regulations as they relate to kayaking. Basic paddle strokes are taught,
along with low bracing and assisted recoveries (rescues).
Level 1 Sea Kayaking Course (12 hours) - Lessons build on
the Introduction to Kayaking course, working to perfect the basic paddle strokes in calm water with more attention focused
on proper body positioning; edging, leaning and torso rotation. A variety of recovery methods are taught including
assisted and solo recoveries (rescues). Theory instruction covers the use of tide/current tables, weather
forecasts, and basic chart reading to plan a safe day long paddle in sheltered waters.
Level 2 Sea Kayaking Course (4-5
days) - This touring course takes the the skills perfected in the Level 1 Sea Kayaking course, adds a few new strokes and moves
them into more "dynamic" waters (wind: less than 20 knots; waves: less than 1 m; current: less than 3
knots). The lessons involves at least 1 overnight where participants will share in the trip planning, navigation, camping
and decision making responsibilities.
Level 3 Sea Kayaking Course (5 days) - This multi-day touring course will build on the
skills from the Level 2 kayaking course to a higher proficiency with a strong focus on practical leadership, risk assessment, decision-making,
judgment, group management, and seamanship.
West Beach Paddle
White Rock, BC
David Dreves Kayaking