Intro to Kayaking Skills - Paddle Canada Intro to Kayaking
Intro to Kayaking Skills - Paddle Canada Intro to Kayaking

Intro to Kayaking Skills - Paddle Canada Intro to Kayaking

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1 Day intro Course

The course fee does not include a kayak rental for the course. Course attendees are encouraged to bring their own boats or facilitate a rental with us prior to the course. If a rental is required please contact us and we will facilitate. 

OutdoorsNB is very proud to offer the Paddle Canada Intro to Kayaking course in Saint John. Join Coach Jeremy Cline as he teaches safe and efficient kayaking for beginners. We want to inform and engage you, heighten your awareness of the environment you will paddle in and teach you how to plan a safe trip in warm sheltered waters. 

The participant in the Introduction to Kayaking course will engage in a guided exercise of judgment and decision-making prior to going out paddling. We will discuss journeying and seamanship and the need to focus on general patterns, accepted rules and emphasize the need for continued training and additional experience.

Things you will need to bring:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Safety kit
  • PFD
  • Change of clothes
  • A picnic lunch
  • A sense of adventure
  • A sense of humor

Boat Design
Boat Outfitting
Safety Equipment
Injury Prevention
Equipment Care 
It is important to master the skills for calm water in this level before moving on to the open water conditions to be found in Level-1 and 2. 

Paddling skills
Lift and carry - Use proper body mechanics to prevent injury while moving a kayak. 
Launching & landing - Demonstrate launching and landing in sheltered conditions off a beach. 
Forward paddling - Demonstrate efficient forward paddling, with good speed and control over 100 metres. Show good upright posture and torso rotation. 
Stopping - Travel at a moderate speed then stop the kayak within 2 strokes (count one side). 
Reverse paddling - Demonstrate controlled reverse paddling while looking back for a clear and safe route. Show good torso rotation. 
Sweep strokes - From a static start, turn the kayak 360 degrees. Use a combination of forward and reverse sweep strokes. Show efficient placement of the paddle and unwinding of the trunk. While moving forward at good speed, turn the kayak with a forward sweep stroke and edging. 
Draw stroke - From a static start, move the kayak sideways 2 metres, using the draw stroke and the sculling draw stroke. While moving forward, move the kayak sideways using a draw stroke. 
Low brace - The paddler will demonstrate an understanding of correct technique to prevent a capsize with a low brace. 
Edging - Paddle 5 meters forward with the kayak tilted on edge.
Rescue skills 
Retrieving a swamped kayak - Participants should be able to swim out 25m to a swamped kayak and swim it back to shore
Wet Exit - Capsize, tuck forward, reach around boat, bang side of boat three times, move hands back and forth along the hull, pull spray skirt cord, easily come out of the boat and surface comfortably. The paddler must show confidence and control.
Assisted Rescue - In deep water, wet-exit and re-enter the kayak with assistance from another paddler. The capsize must be natural with spray deck in place. Rescue is complete when the excess water is removed from the cockpit, the swimmer is back in the boat, the spray-skirt is attached and the paddler has regained sufficient stability to paddle effectively. The participant will demonstrate as both swimmer and rescuer.
Rafting - Raft up in a group to form a stable platform.


Courses are offered at Nerepis Marsh in Grand Bay(with Rockwood Park as an alternate in case of wind)
Paddle Canada Certification:
We offer certified Paddle Canada courses for the same reason you don't send your kids to McDonalds for their education. As professional Paddle Coaches with Paddle Canada, we are required to keep our Instructor certifications current through symposiums, higher level courses and providing yearly courses at our highest certificate level. The Paddle Canada program is continuously being tweaked and improved with input from instructors across the country who are involved in kayaking across the world. As such, upon successful completion of a Paddle Canada course, your certificate is recognized by the British Canoe Union, the American Canoe Association, and interprovincially by other Paddle Canada affiliated organizations.

Your Coach:
Jeremy Cline
Mechanical Engineering Technology 
Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Certification
Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Certification 
Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Certification
Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor Aspirant
Paddle Canada Intro to Sea Kayaking Instructor Certification 
Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor Certification
Paddle Canada Intro to Sea Kayaking Instructor Trainer Aspirant
Industry Canada Global Marine Distress Safety System Restricted Operator VHF Certification 
Transport Canada Marine Emergency Duties A2 Certification 
Transport Canada Chart Work and Pilotage 061 
Transport Canada Navigational Electronics 
Red Cross Medical First Responder 
Stanford University: Humanities Sciences EP101 Your Body in the World
Jeremy grew up helping his father with their Whale watching company "Cline Marine" on Deer Island. He completed his Transport Canada  Limited Masters course. Jeremy is the Past President of Canoe Kayak NB, Past VP of kayaking and Safety/Cold Water Preparedness Chairman for the Fundy Paddlers Club.Jeremy is the current NB Director of Paddle Canada and the Executive Director of the West Isles Sea Kayak Symposium.

Jeremy is very passionate about safe kayaking and has been coached by some of the finest coaches in the world, among them: Christopher Lockyer, Gordon Brown, Nick Cunliff, James Manke, Kate Hives and Sid Sinfield.  You will find Jeremy outdoors:  Hunting, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Whale Watching or Snow Shoeing. He is also an avid photographer and kayaks all along the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Coast but you'll find him most often Kayak Surfing at Bayshore Beach in Saint John.