Program Price: $300

Program Dates:  June 24-25, July 22-23

or August 19-20, 2023


Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills is the second step in the Paddle Canada personal skills stream. 

The Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills program might be the most important development program in the entire paddle Canada Scheme.  During the program you will be introduce to fundamental paddling techniques that you will continue to develop throughout your paddling journey. These two-day programs will cover a board range of presentation topics essential for planning day trips along the Atlantic coast and beyond. 

Program Aims

Click On Image to be taken to Paddle Canada Website to View Full outline


This is a comprehensive and fun introduction to ocean paddling. This two-day program will focus on fundamental skills that are necessary to plan a day-long trip in moderate winds of less than 15 knots with frequent landing opportunities. 

Topics will include safety, navigation, equipment, paddling strokes, and rescues. We will focus on various assisted-rescues and self-rescue techniques. 

Who is participating in this program?  

This program is essential if you plan on paddling on the ocean. There are no prerequisites to participate in this program. 

Program Venues 

The program will run from 9:00 to 4:00 with a break for lunch both days. 

Day 1: Sir Sanford Fleming Park, Halifax 

Day 2: West Dover


By participating in this program, you will be eligible for assessment based on the Paddle Canada certification scheme. Clearly defined outcomes have been developed by Committed 2 the Core Sea Kayak Coaching that will be used during an ongoing assessment process. Outcomes will be discuses during the Online learning segment of the program. 

You will have the opportunity to ask question and get clarification on what the following Paddle Canada assessment terms:

  • Full Pass
  • Conditional Pass 
  • Incomplete  

Student are not required to be assessed if they do not wish to receive the certification and want to use this program purely as a development opportunity. 

C2TC Classroom – Online learning 

As part of this program we will be offering a series of online learning opportunities that will take place before the start of the program. The Classroom will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the program, question about gear requirement, meeting location and flow of the program plus plant seeds that will grow during the program.  Homework assignments will also be given to support your learning during the program. These classroom programs have proven to be invaluable during the COVID-19 social distancing initiative. Details will be sent to you once you register for the program

Equipment Requirements

Students are required to have all their own paddling gear to participate in this program.  We do offer equipment rentals for this program.  Dry suits can be rented for $30 per day, sea kayak rentals are $75 per day and includes P&H Sea kayak, Lendal Paddle, skirt, bailer, throw rope and helmet if the program requires it. Equipment rentals should be arranged in advance of the program to ensure availability.

“Sea you on the water everyone”