Introduction to Kayaking

Certification Course


Basic Kayak introduces the novice to paddling a kayak in calm sheltered water.

Rescue techniques at this level incorporate the use of a paddling partner and it is essential for all Basic Kayak certified paddlers to travel on the water with others who have been trained in the techniques of assisted rescues.


Prerequisites:        None

Course length:       8 hours minimum.

Class ratio:             1 Instructor: 6 Participants

Location:                Enclosed and sheltered with easy landing options immediately present.  This course can be conducted in a pool.

Conditions:            Wind calm (< 8 knots). Sea state calm to rippled.



What you may expect to learn from this Course:


Rescue skills


Wet Exit

Retrieving a swamped kayak

Assisted Rescue



Paddling skills


Lifting and carrying a kayak

Forward and reverse paddling

Forward and reverse sweep strokes

Draw stroke

Low brace




Boat design

Boat outfitting


Safety Equipment


Injury prevention

Equipment care

Kayaking resources