Paddle Canada Level-3 Skills

We are excited to be offering two Paddle Canada Level 3 Skills programs in 2020, a spring (May) and Fall (September) option. In the spring paddlers will spend 5-days paddling within the Tusket Islands and the coastal waters of Southwestern Nova Scotia. While, in the fall paddlers will utilize multiple venues in Cape Breton. These locations are selected as they provide challenging and diverse learning environments with a variety of conditions including; currents, swell, wind and waves.

The focus of these programs will be on the application of leadership, decision making and risk management skills allowing team members the opportunity to lead and make decisions based upon weather conditions and the sea state encountered. Competent boat handling and rescue & safety skills in the variety of conditions will also be a focus of the Paddle Canada Leve-3 programs.

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Boat Handling in Dynamic Environments (Photo Credit: Trudy Killam)

The program will utilize a flipped classroom strategy to optimize participants learning opportunities.  This approach will give participants coursework, exercises and preparatory work in advance of the course at no additional charge.  Participants can work on and solidify some theoretical components of the program prior to the course which will allow for more time to apply these skills on the ocean environment.

Other topics include expedition travel, trip planning and navigation in tidal waters as well as technical paddling skills in dynamic waters.   Paddlers will continue to develop and refine strokes and maneuvers as well as advanced rescue and towing techniques.  For both of these programs, the team will come together in a group house for the first couple of days and we will paddle different locations within the region allowing participants to challenge themselves in a variety of areas.  These programs will also have a camping component for the last 3days/2nights.


Spring Program

Location: Tusket Islands & Southwestern Nova Scotia

Date: May 6-10, 2020

Price – $849+tax (includes 2 nights accommodations and 2 group suppers)

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Fall Program

Location: Cape Breton

Date – September 17-21, 2020

Price – $849+tax (includes 2 nights accommodations and 2 group suppers)

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Working on boat handling within a rock garden

All of our programs are led by a Paddle Canada certified instructors.  Successful participants of this program will receive Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills certification.  Click below for more information:
Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills certification available

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Camping within the Tusket Island archipelago