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Paddle Canada/SKILS Basic Kayak Instructor Course

Cost: from $375

Length: 3 days

Rating: Intermediate

Friday May 1st – Sunday May 3rd, 2015


The Course

Location: Cowichan Bay

Minimum age: 16 years Cost: $375 + Tax $75 Paddle Canada instructor membership.

Pre-requisite: PC level 1 skills and 16 hr First Aid.

Rental Equipment Available, includes Dry suits or bring your own equipment.

This 3 day Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the kayaking skills you will need to teach the Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking certification course. You will get to review skills and learn how to present practical skills in a clear and concise way. This course is pedagogically oriented and requires a good set of basic kayaking skills.

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This is one possible course itinerary. (Because we are travelling in a natural environment, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a course actually runs.)

This course usually begins in Cowichan Bay, meeting at the Coastal Bliss offices.

The itinerary for this course is very fliexible and adapts to weather conditions as well as participant skill levels. There will be both theory and practical components on most days, and participants will be required to demonstrate skills and prepare and present lessons, both on land and on the water.

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What's Included

Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:

  • Professional instructors
  • Dry suits
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide

We can't provide everything. You will have to provide:

  • Food
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Kayaks and gear (available for rent)

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Getting There

Most of our courses happen in Maple Bay or Cowichan Bay, near Duncan.

When you book your course, we will provide you with a map and instructions for how to get there.

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It is very important for you and for the rest of your course group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our instructors know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.

Our Level 2 Skills courses require good fitness, and stamina. We are paddling in real conditions for four days. You should be physically able. We will be lifting and carrying kayaks and gear.

Part of the preparation is to have the right clothing. We will be getting wet as part of the instruction, so you will need an extra set of dry clothes. Quick-drying, insulating, synthetic clothing is best. A wetsuit or drysuit will be invaluable, particularly in BC waters. If you need a wetsuit, we can provide one as a rental option.

Your preparation will be different for different activities. You will be given instructions for how to prepare for any course you sign up for. These are usually in pdf format. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.

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Need Gear?

We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment.  If you have your own gear, bring it along.

Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or usually book it online with your course.

Hiking Tours:

Item  Cost
Kayak and Gear Rental (4 days)  $160.00
Dry Bag Rental  $40.00
Required Gear Rental (you have your own kayak) per item  $30.00
PFD Rental  $60.00
Paddle Rental  $60.00
Required Gear Bundle Rental (you have your own kayak) includes: PFD or paddle, throw-line, whistle, pump, sponge  $100.00
Wetsuit  $60.00
Neoprene booties  $30.00


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