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Paddle Canada Level 2 - Franklin Island
Paddle Canada Level 2 - Franklin Island

Paddle Canada Level 2 - Franklin Island

Regular price $689

TOURING THE COASTAL WATERS OF FRANKLIN, MINK and McCOY ISLANDS 

Paddle Canada’s Level 2 is an intermediate kayaking course. This instructional tour is for paddlers looking to venture out into the Great Lakes. You will add to the foundational skills learned in Level 1 during this expedition based course. 

Eastern Georgian bay is known for its iconic flat and smooth rocks and windswept pines. FMM is a paradise for sea kayaking. During this instructional tour we will explore and learn together in this amazing destination.

Sample Trip Plan

 

Day 1

  • Load kayaks at the designated launch
  • Safety debrief
  • Risk Management presentation
  • Level 1 Review
  • Four Corners (turning under momentum) - Level 2 quality
    • Sweep strokes
    • Bow and cross bow rudder
    • High and low brace turns
  • Rescues in level 2 conditions
    • Self rescue
    • Assisted rescue
    • Bow Rescue

Day 2

  • Navigation presentation
  • Coastal Touring and Navigation
    • We will use charts, plotters and compasses to find shipwrecks and lighthouses.
  • Launching and Landing
  • Intro to rolling
  • Weather forecasting & interpretation  

Day 3 

  • Daily weather interpretation.
  • Coastal Touring and Navigation
  • Intro to towing
  • Rescue scenarios

Day 4

  • Daily weather interpretation.
  • Set out overnight if possible.
  • Ded reckoning exercises.
  • Search for play
    • Rock hopping into
    • Launching and landing in tricky spots
  • Tides & Currents presentation

 

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

  • A sea kayak, with 2 bulkheads. 
    • We have fiberglass NDK sea kayaks for rent. You may use your own, if you wish.
    • You will need a pump, a whistle, and a 15m floating rope. They are available to purchase.
  • Dry suits are available if required.
  • A PFD is mandatory, you must bring your own.
  • A paddle
  • Camping gear
  • We do not provide food but we will do a trip planning exercise prior to the date of the course.

This program includes 3 nights camping; please note that participants are responsible for parking permits. 

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather (Known as Carling) is the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Mississauga. 

We are grateful for the knowledge shared with us by the Indigenous peoples of what is now known as Canada as well as the circumpolar region of the Northern Hemisphere.