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Annual Skills School - Open for registration


Late May - early June is the one time of year that Paddle Newfoundland and Labrador offers a Paddle Canada sanctioned Skills School to the general public and to PNL club members. All courses are taught by Paddle Canada certified instructors. The age requirement is 14 years or older for the Basic Kayak Skills and Introduction to Lake Tandem. Intermediate Lake Tandem students to be 15 years or older and have some canoeing experience already. Applicants under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants will receive a Paddle Canada Certification after a successful completion of the course, recognized anywhere in Canada.







Basic Kayaking

Basic Kayak Skills

To introduce novices to paddling a kayak in calm sheltered water such as ponds and small lakes. Rescue techniques at this level incorporate the use of a paddling partner. This is a great beginners course that will provide you with a solid foundation in kayaking safety and paddling techniques. Great for people who are kayaking now and have never taken a course and would like to improve their skills.

Introduction Lake Tandem

The successful candidate is considered a beginner tandem lake canoeist, capable of performing basic land and water-based rescues. Rescue techniques at this level teach self, as well as assisted rescues. The skills and knowledge gained at this level form the foundation necessary for confident and safe travel.


Intermediate Lake Tandem

The successful candidate is considered an intermediate tandem lake canoeist, capable of performing a variety of land and water-based rescue. Course includes more advanced tandem strokes and manoeuvres. Manoeuvres within the Intermediate program require expanded levels of teamwork and greater precision.

Basic Stand Up Paddleboarding Skills Course

This course introduces the novice to paddling a paddleboard in calm sheltered water. Enclosed and sheltered with easy landing options immediately present.

SUP Board
SUP Boarding

If you are interested in a kayaking, canoeing or a standup paddle board course not listed above, contact us.
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