Paddle Canada - Basic Kayak Instructor

Paddle Canada - Basic Kayak Instructor

Regular price $695


The Basic Kayak Instructor course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills course.

A Basic Kayak Instructor is certified to

  • conduct Waterfront Kayak and Basic Kayak skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
  • assist a Level-1 Instructor on a Level-1 Skills course,
  • assist a Kayak Rolling Instructor on a Kayak Rolling clinic, and
  • assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Waterfront Kayak Instructor course.

Important note: You DO NOT need special permission to register for this course. If you have Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills, you are welcome to register for this program. We look forward to seeing you at the course :)


Course Prerequisites:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Certification
    • Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills
  • First Aid
    • Current certification in first aid (14 hours) with CPR.
  • Teaching Experience
    • None
  • Paddling Experience
    • Significant paddling experience in a wide variety of conditions and locations.
    • Candidates are expected to be able to perform all safety and skill items to a level and confidence superior to that of a student taking the Basic Kayak Skill course.

Course Notes:

  • There is an additional fee of $99 (plus tax) for your Paddle Canada Instructor membership.

For the purposes of this class, you will require: Full List

  • A sea kayak, with 2 bulkheads. 
  • Dry suits are available to borrow if required.
  • Camping gear (Saugeen only) - we have some for rent, please enquire if needed.
  • There is no camping on the Toronto courses.
  • Food is not included but meal plans are available.

This program includes 4 nights camping if you are joining us on the Saugeen Peninsula; please note that participants are responsible for parking permits at the launch sites.