Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills (Thunder Bay)
- Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
- Product code: PVLSII
In this 2.5 day course you will learn valuable techniques to improve your paddling strokes, paddling skills and rescue skills, as well as journeying and seamanship. You will leave the Level 1 course with the skills and knowledge necessary for daylong sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters.
Activities focus on safety and gaining paddling skills for a day trip within a large bay or sheltered shoreline. Issues of mutual safety between paddling partners and judgements of sea conditions throughout the day and out of sight along the shore are included. Paddlers will deal with the concerns for packing a kayak and the gear necessary for a comfortable day trip and solving problems in the field. Paddlers should leave the course encouraged to continue their learning and awareness of their limitations.
Course Location: To be announced
Prerequisite: Successful completion of our Introduction to Kayaking course or equivalent skill and knowledge.
Age Requirements: Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
Upcoming Courses: August 23rd to 25th, 2019
Friday Evening 6:00PM – 8:00 PM – The first evening is held at Wilderness Supply in Thunder Bay (244 Pearl St) and is a great opportunity to get to know the group and talk with the instructor about expectations for the weekend. After introductions and goal setting, participants will learn more about boat outfitting, equipment design, safety, clothing, and communications. If you are renting your equipment, please arrive before 6:00 to pick up your equipment and we will help you load it on your vehicle.
Saturday & Sunday – We will meet in the morning at 9:00 AM. Your instructor will discuss the meeting spot during the Friday evening session as the location could change depending on water levels. We will have plenty of time for break and lunch throughout the day. The course should wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 PM on Sunday.
- National certification and registration with Paddle Canada
- Liability and Activity insurance
- Sea kayak (min. 13 feet in length), spray skirt, paddle, and PFD
- Kayak safety equipment (whistle, bailing device, 15m buoyant line, and re-entry device/paddle float)
- Paddle clothing and footwear suitable for conditions and time of year (no cotton)
- Food for the weekend, including snacks
- Water bottles
- Waterproof sunscreen
Rentals are available from Wilderness Supply if you don't have your own sea kayak. Just add a rental to your registration and pick it up and drop it off at 244 Pearl St, before and after the course. You will need to go to the store to get fitted for your kayak once you confirm your rental.
This course will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6 per instructor.
Gratuities are not included in the course fees. Our instructors make every effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more. Recognition of a job well done is always appreciated. 5-10% of your course fee is recommended.
Groups wishing to fill a complete course may contact us and receive a 10% discount for filling the course.