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"Kayaking is one the fastest growing sports in North America."

                                                                 - Time Magazine

 

Why choose kayaking?

 

We consider kayaking to be a very intuitive activity. The fundamental strokes are very easy to learn and students quickly become agile and confident on the water. The freedom to be in your own boat and the ability to poke your bow into quiet corners of ponds, lakes and rivers makes the kayak a great choice for nature lovers of all sorts.

 

As nationally accredited instructors we can polish your strokes, make your movements more efficient and introduce advanced strokes that will increase your enjoyment. Whether you are considering a first purchase, wanting to build confidence, or wanting to learn to roll your own boat we would be delighted to help you out.

Paddle Canada Certifications Available:

Waterfront Kayaking

Basic Kayak Skills

Sea Kayak Level I

Waterfront Kayaking Course:                                      Cost: $55.00/person

This course introduces the beginner to kayaking in calm waters in a designated waterfront area. The skills and knowledge gained at this level form the foundation necessary for confident and safe travel within small and calm environments. Programming is delivered primarily through paddling games and group activities.

 

Prerequisites:   None                                         Typical Course Length:  1/2 day

Rescue Skills

  • wet exit

  • retrieve a swamped kayak

  • assisted rescue

  • raft-up

 

Knowledge

  • boat outfitting

  • clothing

  • safety equipment

  • paddles

  • cold water concerns

  • equipment care

  • lifejacket policy: always wear it!

Basic Kayak Skills                                                      Cost: $95.00/person

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                                                        Typical Course Length:   1 day

Rescue skills

  • Wet Exit

  • Retrieving a swamped kayak

  • Assisted Rescue

  • Rafting

Knowledge

  • Boat design

  • Boat outfitting

  • Clothing

  • Safety Equipment

  • Paddles

  • Injury prevention

  • Equipment care

  • Kayaking resources

 

 

Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills                                            Cost: $190.00/person

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.

 

Typical Course Length:   2 days

Rescue skills

  • Bow rescue

  • Unassisted re-entry

  • Assisted re-entry

  • Towing

  • Communication/signals

 

Knowledge

  • Equipment

  • Journeying and seamanship

  • Safety

  • Kayaking resources

Custom Instructional Topics:

  • Solo paddling technique

  • Carving the Greenland Paddle

  • Skills coaching

  • Route planning and selection

  • Custom fitting your kayak 

  • Safety and rescue training

  • Rolling clinics

  • Kayak touring & camping

  • Loading, tying and transporting your kayak

Paddling Skills

  • lifting and carrying a kayak

  • launching and landing a kayak

  • forward and reverse paddling

  • forward and reverse sweep strokes

  • stopping

Paddling skills

  • Lifting and carrying a kayak

  • Forward and reverse paddling

  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes

  • Draw stroke

  • Low brace

Paddling skills

  • Forward stroke

  • Brace low/high

  • Sweep

  • Draw

  • Stern rudder

  • Edge control

© 2019 by Mammut Bushcraft & Wilderness Skills.   Updated 4 November 2019

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