Certification: Level 1

A dynamic two day course for the beginner or intermediate paddler!

This two-day course cover an incredible amount of knowledge and skills for sea kayakers, for both beginners and intermediate paddlers. No experience is necessary, however a background in maps, compasses and kayak rescue will be helpful.

We recommend paddlers take the full day basic kayak certification course before registering for this program. The goal of this course is to enhance personal skills for recreational and expedition paddlers.

In this course you will learn…

  • boat and equipment theory
  • standards and regulations
  • kayak control and stroke efficiency
  • paddling progressions for mastery of boat movement
  • advanced self and partner rescues
  • physics of winds, waves and currents
  • nautical navigation
  • reading clouds and weather systems
  • basics of risk management and expedition planning

This course includes…

  • two full days of training
  • all necessary equipment
  • professional instruction
  • mastery of boat control
  • rescues (self + partner)
  • course manual

Dates 2018: June 9th-10th | July 14th-15th | July 28th–29th ( Cancelled) | August 18th-19th  9 am to 4 pm

Registration: $295 + HST, minimum 4 participants

Paddle Canada Waiver To be filled out and brought the day of the course

Cancellation policy for Paddle Canada certification programs


1000 Islands Kayaking operates within the Paddle Canada program guidelines and offers the Level 1 Kayak Skills Program with a ratio of one instructor to 6 participants. Due to the logistics and planning for our certification programs, we are unable to provide a refund, if cancellation occurs within 15 days or less, of the intended program. If a replacement for the program is found or for cancellations of more than 15 days, a refund less a 25% administration fee, will be issued.

Please understand that even if you have a sudden medical problem or family emergency, we will not be able to provide the 75% refund, without a replacement for the program, unless more than 15 days are given.

Our certification programs operate rain or shine, with lots of water time and some classroom elements.

If 1000 Islands Kayaking cancels a program due to weather or insufficient registration, we will offer to alter your dates, free of charge, or provide you with a full refund.

Registration: Please contact the office directly at 613-329-6265 to book your tour and provide your payment details. Submitting a request IS NOT confirmation of a booking.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT have parking specific to our facility. Parking is available along residential streets ( Main Street,John street, and South street) free of charge. A public parking lot ( overnight and day parking)can be found at 760 Stone Street free of charge. Please note this parking lot requires a taxi to get to our facility.  Parking can also be found at the Gananoque Municipal Marina for daily and overnight parking, there is a fee at this lot.