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Paddle Canada Level 1 Course Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville & Burlington





We have teamed up with The Complete Paddler to run Paddle Canada Level 1 courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville & Burlington and other parts of the GTA. 


Our Paddle Canada Level 1 courses on Saturday's & Sunday's from May to September. We can provide kayak rental and safety gear at an additional fee if you don't have your own kayak for this course.

This Level 1 course is perfect for beginner students who are looking to learn the correct paddling techniques and safety principles.  If you want to take kayak lessons but not a Paddle Canada Level 1 course, we offer one on one courses, click here for more info.


July 13th - July 14th

Time: 9am - 5pm

Location: SunnySide Beach, Toronto

Cost $350+HST

Click here to book online

September 21th - September 22nd

Time: 9am - 5pm

Location: SunnySide Beach, Toronto

Cost $350+HST

Click here to book online

The aim of the Paddle Canada Kayak Level 1 course is as follows:  

Paddle Canada 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.

Skills that we will teach you as part of 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

Required Gear

If want to bring your own kayak, it must have 2 bulkheads and perimeter decklines  and you will need to bring your paddle, pfd, paddlefloat (dual chamber are best), pump and 50ft of floating rope.

If you do not have a kayak, we can supply a rental kayak and all required safety gear for this course, just let us know if you need to rent a kayak.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Full payment is required upon registration. If you need to cancel your place after you register and have paid in full we will give you a full refund if we can find someone to take your place.

If you want to book your Paddle Canada Level 1 course in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville or Burlington or have questions about this Paddle Canada Level 1 course email or call (647) 848-5759

Testimonials From Previous Students

I learned a lot from you! You give very clear instructions and I have a much greater appreciation for the safety aspects of paddling thanks to your emphasis on this. You’re very good at keeping everyone engaged and encouraging each person to answer questions. The course was fun and challenging and made me want to get out kayaking more. From Laura

What can I say, your passion for kayaking is contagious and inspiring at the same time.
You have provided us with a lot of knowledge in a very short time and proven there is much more there, just need time to access it.You have a fine eye for suggest corrections to paddling techniques and I noticed a big improvement on all my paddling strokes, it's different getting first hand advice vs just watching vidoes. From Dan

I had a wonderful time over the weekend sea kayak course L1, not only was it fun and informative, it was challenging. We had a very engaged group of people with a range of experience and both of you were very much aware of how to accommodate and support ‘newbies’ without neglecting others. From Petra

Your great preparedness with all of the "gear", honest appraisal of what is good/not so good gear, starting and finishing on time each day. Great instruction giving skills where you break strokes and rescues into the components for us to learn and then provide lots of practice/feedback time for them. Mixing in some fun "game" type things was good. It was a challenging day with the wind and waves so thought it went well and stayed focussed in those waves. From Karen

Myself and my two daughters really enjoyed taking the course with Declan this past weekend. Declan was very knowledgeable in all areas of the program. He made it very interesting and applicable to everyday paddling. He was very thorough in the theory section and made sure we all understood everything he was saying. In the practical part he insured that we did all the skills perfectly before moving on to the next section to be covered. I would highly recommend him to others and I look forward to taking paddler 2 level with him.  From Bridget

Have deep knowledge of sea kayaking and willing to share with students. Demonstrated techniques well and helped students apply these skills effectively.  Communicated upfront for location, weather, especially called students for reminding them wear warm clothes for the rainy day and cold water. When I forgot lifejacket and skirt, he helped me find quickest way to find a set.  Stern rudder, which can  apply to change direction slightly, was the most helpful skill I learned in this session. It helped me understand how to make course adjustment without losing momentum. Thank you very much for the session, and I hope you can teach me level 2 skills. From Paul


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