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Paddle Canada Level 2 - Toronto Islands
Paddle Canada Level 2 - Toronto Islands

Paddle Canada Level 2 - Toronto Islands

Regular price $689

BIG WATER IN THE BIG SMOKE

Paddle Canada’s Level 2 is an intermediate kayaking course. This course 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. 

Toronto is known for its towering skyline and unique freshwater archipelago. One of the most unique urban sea kayaking settings on earth, The Big Smoke has plenty of secrets up its sleeve. 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 airports 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
    • 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

Please note that participants are responsible for parking permits. 

 

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather (Known as Toronto) is the traditional territory of the Wendake-Nionwentsïo, Mississauga, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, and Haudenosaunee. 

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.