Certification: Level 2

Overnight and expedition training for the advanced paddler!

The level 2 skills course focuses on developing the practical skills for overnight and expedition tripping. Well-developed and personal mastery of skills such as a strong forward stroke, effective bracing, maneuvering in waves and currents, advanced rescues including rolling and towing are taught and perfected.

Activities that show control and confidence may include: paddling through narrow rocky channels with small waves or current or traversing open water crossings in moderate winds and currents. At this level, the participant must also engage in judgement, planning and navigation tasks relevant to overnight trip planning and execution.

In this course you will learn…

  • stroke perfection and endurance
  • advanced unassisted and problematic rescues
  • rolling and towing
  • launching and landing in challenging conditions
  • advanced edging and bracing
  • navigation and route selection
  • theory of weather, winds, waves, tides and currents
  • communications, safety and risk management
  • how to plan and execute an overnight camping trip

This course includes…

  • all necessary equipment
  • four days of advanced professional instruction
  • one night of camping on a Thousand Islands National Park Island
  • all tents + camping equipment
  • course manual

Dates 2019: May 31st- June 3rd | September 13th-16th

Registration: $495 + HST

Cancellation policy for Paddle Canada certification programs


1000 Islands Kayaking will operate within the Paddle Canada program guidelines and offer the level 2 kayak skills program with a ratio of one instructor to 4 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 on-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.