Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills

Certification Course


Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.


Prerequisites:              Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.

Course Length:           12 hours minimum.

Class Ratio:                1 instructor: 6 participants.

Location:                      Sheltered waters with uninterrupted easy landing options.

Conditions:                  Light winds (0-11 knots). Current (0-0.5 knots). Sea state calm to light chop.



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.



What you may expect to learn from this Course:


Rescue skills


Bow rescue

Unassisted re-entry

Assisted re-entry




Paddling skills


Forward stroke

Brace low/high



Stern rudder

Edge control





Journeying and seamanship


Kayaking resources