Paddle Canada Sea Kayak L2

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak L2

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Our Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Course will bring you to the tidal region around Deer Island where you will learn to combine your level 1 skills and expand on them to navigate the dynamic waters in the area.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to confidently sea kayak in class-2 conditions along moderately exposed shoreline in the company of one or more paddlers with similar skills and knowledge. The Level-2 paddler will be an asset to the group in all aspects of multi-day journeys with peers, including leadership, navigation skills and the ability to establish an overnight bivvy.



  • Certification: Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
  • Paddling experience: At least 3, one-day-long kayaking trips in Level-1 conditions in different locations.
  • Other training: Wilderness first aid (16 hours) with CPR strongly recommended.


  • Moderately exposed coastline with frequent easy-landing opportunities and short crossings. Moderate potential wind effects (22-35 km/h or 12–19 knots), surf of less than 1 meter and a combined sea state of less than 1 metre, gentle to moderate non- turbulent currents (< 6 km/h or < 3 knots), and light surf beaches. Short delays in access to land-based assistance should be expected.

Re-entry Skills

  • Re-entry Skills
  • Assisted Re-entry
  • All-in Re-entry
  • Bow Rescue
  • Re-entry Exercises or Scenarios
  • Introduction to Rolling
  • Towing

Paddling Skills

  • Launching and Landing
  • Forward Stroke
  • Turning Strokes
    • Sweep Strokes
    • Low and High Brace Turns
    • Bow Rudders
  • Low & High Braces
  • Draws
    • Draw Stroke
    • Sculling Draw
    • Hanging Draw
    • Stern Draw and Stern Pry
  • Paddling in Rough Water

General Knowledge

  • Equipment
  • Introduction to Tides & Currents
  • Wilderness Navigation Techniques and Chart/Map Work
    • Navigation Techniques
    • Nautical Charts and Topographic Maps
    • Other Navigation Tools or Activities
  • Weather Interpretation and Basic Forecasting
  • Heat and Cold Issues
  • Emergency Overnight
  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • Risk Assessment, Incident Management and Evacuation Options
  • Knots & Ropework
  • Collision Regulations

Not Included:

  • Meals (restaurant and takeout available on the island)
  • Lodging (campground available on the Island)
  • Equipment (Rental Equipment available at extra cost)