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Paddle Canada's Level One Instructor Course


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Become certified and insured to teach kayaking across Canada.


Course Dates

June 24th to 27th of 2023


We are hosting Paddle Canada's Level One Instructor Course. Learn the skills required to teach others how to enjoy this sport successfully. In this four-day course, you will learn different teaching and learning styles to communicate effectively with paddlers of different levels. This course will give you the time and space to learn and practice teaching theory and practical instructor skills while on the water and the shoreline.

The instructor course participants should know the outline of a Level One Kayaking course. Participants of the instructor course should also have solid paddling skills. 

Successful participants can teach a Level 1 skills course, a Basic Skills Course and offer assistance on a Level 2 Sea Kayaking skills course.


This course will take place in various locations around South Frontenac.

Camping accommodations will be provided, but you are responsible for your tent, sleep system, etc.


Course Topics

  • Teaching Principles

  • Risk Management

  • Learning Environment

  • Coaching Techniques

  • Professional Standards

Course Prerequisites

Must be 18 years of Age or Older

First Aid Training with CPR (14 Hours)

Required Certification:

    • Paddle Canada's Level Two Sea Skills Certification

Paddling Experience

    • At least 30 days spent paddling in Level-1 conditions

    • Has completed multiple overnight trips

Other recommended training

    • Basic Instructor Certification recommended

    • It is recommended that you have strong leadership skills


What to bring:

  • A full touring kayak with two bulkheads

  • All safety gear, as required by Transport Canada

  • A skirt appropriate for your touring kayak and a paddle float

  • A personal towing system

  • Meals - You will be base camping on-site at Frontenac Outfitters. There is a grocery store in Sydenham, which is a 10-minute drive from base camp.

  • Charts or Topo Map of paddling location

  • Compass and Navigation Aids

  • Sleeping bags, camping gear*

  • Personal on-water garments

  • Personal comfort items like extra snacks, sunscreen etc.

Cancellation Policy

Courses are non-refundable; however, a credit is kept on file in the instance of cancellation, provided the cancellation has occurred a minimum of 30 days before any course date. This credit can be used towards a future course or purchase but must be used up within the same calendar year.

Frontenac Outfitters reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses due to extreme weather or lack of participation.