Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 1 - Two Day Course

Level One Sea Kayaking Course


Paddle Canada’s Level One Sea Kayaking Course is our most in-depth and comprehensive paddling course. We combine both in-class and on-water teaching environments to provide you with the theory and fundamental paddling skills required to become a confident sea kayaker.


Our Level One Sea Kayaking Course emphasizes a strong foundation of technical paddling skills, rescues, navigation, and safety techniques. Participants must also demonstrate beyond-basic techniques with a firm knowledge in Journeying and Seamanship; a portion of the course focuses on navigation, weather, sea state, safety, communication, and group awareness.


Level One Sea Kayaking Course Itinerary:


  • Assisted Eskimo Rescue
  • Deep Water Rescue (both as victim and rescuer)
  • Self Rescues without assistance
  • Contact Towing
  • Communication (demonstrating by attitude and action)



  • Sea Kayak equipment, accessories and personal gear
  • Journey and seamanship
    • Trip Planning and Organization
    • Launch and Landing Options
    • Navigation and Route Selection
    • Compass Reading
    • Weather and Water Interpretations
    • Group Awareness and Communication
    • Kayak Fit and Adjustment
  • Safety
    • Hypothermia
    • First Aid
    • Communication
    • Emergency Procedures
  • Available Kayaking Resources



  • Lift, Carry, Launch, and Landing
  • Paddling forward, reverse, and stopping
  • Turning
  • Moving sideways
  • Supporting and recovery strokes
  • Stern rudder
  • Paddling Strokes and Techniques
    • Draws
    • Low and High Brace
    • Forward Stroke and Forward Sweep
    • Reverse Stroke and Reverse Sweep
    • Sculling Draw


Candidate Evaluations

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


Note: Successful participants receive a Paddle Canada Level One Sea Kayaking Course Certification Card.


What's Provided:

  • Quality Delta Kayaks Performance Touring Kayaks (if not using your own pre-approved boat)
  • Kayak PFD
  • Kayak paddle
  • Paddle Float
  • Pump
  • Whistle
  • Throw Bag


Note: If you are using your own pre-approved performance touring kayak, don't forget to bring along the necessary gear as indicated above!

Cancellation Policy

Courses are non-refundable; however, a credit is kept on file in the instance of cancellation. The credit can be used towards a future course or purchase.

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

Suggested Stuff to Bring

  • Wide-brimmed sun hat
  • Sunglasses and eyeglass floats
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (waterproof)
  • Towel
  • Proper water clothing - Bathing suit, T-shirt and shorts, light long-sleeve shirt, etc... whatever you feel most comfortable wearing
  • Raincoat, paddling jacket, and sweater (if needed)
  • Water shoes or sandals (not required)
  • Kayaking Trip Log (if you have one)
  • Pen, pencil and notebook
  • Any reference material you may wish to share with the group
  • Water
  • Lunch

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: Paddle Canada Flat-water Intro to Sea Kayaking Course

Length: 2 Days with approx. 8 Hours each Day

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

Cost: $295.00 + $38.35 (13% HST) = $333.35


Note: If you require a kayak for the Level One Sea Kayaking Course, a rental reservation is to be made at the time of course booking. You will receive a 50% discount on the rental fee – $56 (rental rate) x 2 (days) + $14.56 (13% HST) = $126.56 – 50% = $63.28


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.


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