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This is the primary starting point of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak skills progression. With a focus on foundation skills and knowledge, Basic Kayak Skills inspires students to go out on short paddling excursions in calm and sheltered waters.

Equipment: Boats and equipment is provided.

Skills Covered:

Rescue skills

  • Wet Exit
  • Retrieving a swamped kayak
  • Assisted Rescue
  • Rafting

Paddling skills

  • Lifting and carrying a kayak
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes
  • Draw stroke
  • Low brace

Knowledge

  • Boat design
  • Boat outfitting
  • Clothing
  • Safety Equipment
  • Paddles
  • Injury prevention
  • Equipment care
  • Kayaking resources
Dates
June 2, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Skills Course 120.00
June 9, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Skills Course 120.00
June 30, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Skills Course 120.00
July 7, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Skills Course 120.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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Building on the information covered in Basic Skills (Not required if you have paddled before), 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.)

Location & Time:

  • Day 1 Trailhead Demo Center, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Day 2 Shirleys Bay Park, 8:00 am – 2:00pm

Equipment: Participants must provide their own boats and equipment. Boats must have 2 sealed bulkheads.

Prerequisites:

  • Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.

OR

  • Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours) in class-0
  • Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions.
  • Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions.

Overview

Re-entry Skills

  • Unassisted Re-entry
  • Assisted Re-entry
  • Towing

Paddling Skills

  • Launching and Landing
  • Forward Stroke
  • Stopping
  • Reverse Stroke
  • Sweep Strokes
  • Draw Stroke
  • Low Brace
  • Stern Rudder
  • Edge Control

General Knowledge

  • Equipment and Equipment Care
  • Communication
  • Route Planning and Basic Navigation Techniques
  • Half-day Kayak Journey
  • Weather
  • Sea State
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Cold Issues and Sun Safety
  • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
  • History and Heritage
  • Kayaking Community and Resources
  • Vehicle Boat Tie Down
Dates
June 9, 2018 - June 10, 2018
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Level 1 Skills 250.00
June 30, 2018 - July 1, 2018
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Level 1 Skills 250.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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This 2-hour clinic introduces the basic mechanics involved in rolling a kayak leading to the ability to roll a kayak confidently in calm conditions.

Prerequisites

It is highly recommended that students have Basic Kayak Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge. Students must be able to perform a controlled and calm wet exit.

Skills Covered

  • Warm-up Exercises
  • Kayak Fit and Equipment
  • Wet Exit
  • Safe Body Mechanics
  • Rolling Progressions
  • Learning Aids

 

Dates
June 3, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Roling Clinic 90.00
June 17, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Roling Clinic 90.00
July 8, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Roling Clinic 90.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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Demo Lake

When: Wednesdays, May 16 – Aug, 4pm-7pm *Extra demo day Saturday June 16th 9am-5pm during our Paddlecopia event, come join the fun!

Where: Trailhead Adventure Center, 3119 Carp Road. (Directions Below)

Price: Free

*Please note participants must be at least 18 years old.

Boats Available to Demo

*Only the boats listed below are available during the weekly demo. This list will change as the season progresses.

Directions:

  • From the east: From the 417 take the Carp rd. exit and turn right onto Carp rd.
  • From the west: From the 417 take the March rd (Carp) exit, turn left onto March rd. and then turn right onto Carp rd.

 

Weather: Demos days are held rain or shine unless there is lightning out. In most cases thundershowers do not last very long and we will wait them out. If there is a cancellation it will usually be determined on the day of the demo and participants will be notified by email.

We want to make sure you’re in the right craft, if you can’t make a demo event we also offer a 30 Day Boat Exchange Guarantee on all our canoes, kayaks, and sups!

Dates
May 16, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
May 23, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
May 30, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 6, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 13, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 20, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 27, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 4, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 11, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 18, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 25, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 1, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 8, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 15, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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