Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2

Are you ready to really take your paddling skills to the next level??
Join us for Paddle Canada “Sea Kayak Skills Level 2″
Participants will learn to plan and execute a multi-day backcountry paddling trip.


To provide the skills and knowledge for proficient kayaking in moderate conditions, on overnight trips along a moderately exposed shore with frequent easy landing opportunities.

Course length
5 days including min. 1 overnight camping.

Class ratio
1 instructor: 4 participants.

Moderately exposed coastline with frequent easy landing opportunities.

Moderate winds (12-19 knots), combined sea state less than 1-metre with a moderate sea state.
Surf < 1 meter. Current < 3 knots.



Activities focus on the practical skills for overnight trips. Well-developed skills such as a strong forward stroke, effective bracing, maneuvering in waves and current, rescue skills including rolling and towing are necessary. Activities that show control and confidence can include: paddling through narrow rocky channels with small waves or current or traversing moderate tidal races. At this level the participant must also engage in judgement, planning and navigation tasks relevant to an overnight trip along a diverse and moderately exposed shoreline.


Rescue skills

  • Assisted rescues
  • Unassisted rescues
  • All in rescue
  • Rolling
  • Towing
  • Communication

Paddling skills

  • Forward/reverse stroke
  • Sweep forward/reverse
  • Low/high brace turn
  • Draw/sculling draw
  • Low/high brace
  • Bow/stern rudder


  • Equipment
  • Knots
  • Journeying and
  • seamanship
  • Safety
  • Kayaking resources

Join us for this intermediate-to-advanced level course.

Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.
Experience: At least 3, one day long, kayaking trips in different locations.
Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) with CPR strongly recommended.
Learn More about this course from the Paddle Canada website.

2014 Dates : N/A
Cost : $ 625.00 plus HST

This course takes place over 5 days and will now include at least three night’s (likely more) camping – exact location TBD (North Shore of Lake Erie with-in paddling distance of Grand River Kayak.