Full Day - Intro to Sea Kayaking

Intro to Sea Kayaking Course

Paddle Canada’s full-day Flat water Intro to Sea Kayaking is Frontenac Outfitters' most popular kayak course year after year!


This comprehensive, co-ed kayak course teaches you the fundamentals of sea kayaking theories, strokes, rescues, and recovery skills. Be ready to spend the day on, in, and under the water… and love it!


This course is highly recommended by everyone who has ever taken it and many students repeat this confidence building course season after season to further hone, develop, and refine their kayaking skills.


Intro to Sea Kayaking Course Itinerary:


  • Common safety signals used when paddling in groups
  • The purpose of a Float Plan
  • Retrieving capsized kayaks
  • Bow rescue, T-Rescue, rafting kayaks to form a stable platform


  • Kayak Types – Performance Touring Kayaks (sea kayaks), Touring Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, and Whitewater Kayaks
  • Boat Designs – learn to distinguish the compromises between price, performance, quality, and safety
  • Parts of a kayak, safety features, what constitutes a safe kayak
  • Boat outfitting, personal fit, control, and safety
  • Safety equipment (mandatory and recommended) and how to use
  • Paddling apparel for different weather conditions and temperatures
  • Kayak paddles, the diverse selection, intention and benefits
  • Equipment need, proper use, and care
  • Injury prevention, stretches, and warm-ups


  • Entering and exiting from shorelines and dock environments
  • Wet exits and re-entries
  • Balance points, initial, and secondary stability
  • Low brace
  • Edging
  • Pivot and turning points
  • Straight line paddling, forward, and reverse
  • Lifts and carries (solo and tandem)
  • Forward and reverse strokes, forward and reverse sweeps, reverse stroke, draw stroke, cross-bow stroke

Candidate Evaluations

  • Participation individual and group
  • Kayaking skills
  • Group awareness and self-control
  • General attitude

Successful participants

  • Receive a Paddle Canada Flat-water Certification

We Provide:

  • Premium Delta Kayaks Performance Touring Kayak
  • Kayak PFD
  • Kayak Paddle
  • Paddle Float
  • Pump
  • Whistle
  • Throw Bag
  • Spray Skirt


Note: If you are using your own pre-approved performance touring kayak, please bring the required gear items with you.


Suggested Stuff to Bring:

  • Wide brimmed sun hat
  • Sunglasses and glasses floats
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (waterproof)
  • Proper water clothing, bathing suit, swim shorts, quick dry top, etc... (whatever you feel most comfortable wearing)
  • Water shoes (not required)
  • Lots of water and full lunch
  • A complete change of clothes and tow


Note: Our lake warms very quickly so wetsuits and dry suits are not normally required. If you prefer to wear one, you're encouraged to bring your own with you, or Farmer John wetsuits are available for rent.


Cancellation Policy

By booking a course, you agree to these Terms and Conditions. Courses are non-refundable; however, if a cancellation is made 30 days prior to the scheduled course date, a credit is kept on file. The credit can be used towards a future course or purchase. Course participants can allow someone else to take their spot instead, but please contact us and let us know the participant will be changing. If you are not able to attend the scheduled course, let us know and we will try to fill your position. If we are able to fill the position, you will receive a reimbursement.

Courses are non-refundable.

Frontenac Outfitters reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any course or clinic due to inclement weather or lack of participation.

Places to Stay

  • We offer on-site wooded and waterfront campsites at $35 per night 
  • There are country-style Bed and Breakfasts nearby 
  • Kingston is a short 35-minutes away with an abundance of accommodations available 


Should you have any questions about our kayak lessons, please do not hesitate to call 613.376.6220 or email us at [email protected] 


Cost and Requirements


Prerequisite: Swim 50-Meters with a PFD

Course Length: 8-Hours

Location: Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre’s Pearkes Lake

Cost: $185.00 + $24.05 (13% HST) = $209.05 (Receive a 10% discount for using your own pre-approved sea kayak)


How to Book

Complete the registration form to sign up - payment is due in advance to secure your spot with it being processed online, in person, or over the phone. 

Courses have a limited capacity and are usually filled in advance.


Courses operate rain or shine and are only delayed by lightning or unruly weather.


Register Here


If you love this course, your next step is our Sea Kayaking Level 1 2-Day Certification Course!