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Annual Skills School - May 26 & May 29 - May 30th., 2020

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 and the school is 100 % insured. The age requirement is 12 years or older for the Basic Kayak Skills and Introduction to Lake Tandem. Intermediate Lake Tandem and Kayak Level-1 require a student to be 15 years or older. 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.

All our course offerings are taught to a higher level by exceeding Paddle Canada requirements.

Courses - Online Registration opens - March 1, 2020
Kayaking Kayak Basic 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.


Canoeing 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.


Canoeing 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.


Sea Kayaking Sea Kayak Level 1

Building on the information covered in Basic Skills, Level-1 is a two-day course that moves participants beyond flatwater kayaking and into the sport of sea kayaking.

The course is conducted in slightly rougher water than Basic Kayak, aiming to develop the paddler's comfort in class-1 waters. There is a strong focus on re-entry techniques
as well as the skills required to safely plan and execute a day trip with friends (for example, navigation & route planning, weather interpretation, proper clothing/gear).


If you are interested in a kayaking or canoeing course not listed above, contact us and we will try to help you find one. Click Here.