Basic Kayaking Skills Course

Build your kayaking skills and knowledge!

This introductory to kayaking course is run over two Thursday evenings and is designed to help new paddlers learn the essential skills to start paddling independently.  Our professional instructors will guide you through the required equipment with purchase recommendations, identify major safety hazards inherent to the sport, help with trip planning tips and offer a gentle progression of on water paddling skill development.  

 This course is great for people interested in exploring kayaking for the first time, are a little nervous on or in the water, are considering buying a kayak and not sure where to start and would like some experience first, or would like to feel more confident by practicing their strokes on the water. 

 At the end of the course you will receive your Paddle Canada certification. This course is a great investment for your future day tripping adventures on our many beautiful lakes and rivers.  All equipment is included. 

In this course you will learn…
  • Paddling and safety equipment
  • Injury prevention
  • Launching and landing
  • Forward and reverse strokes
  • Stopping
  • Bracing and edging
  • Wet exits and assisted re-entries



This course includes…

  • 8 hours of training
  • all necessary equipment
  • professional instruction
  • course manual

Our courses do NOT include immersion gear (dry-suits or wet-suits). If you are on a course in May, June or September please ensure you rent a dry-suit or wet-suit in advance.  No matter what the weather, immersion gear will greatly improve your comfort level.

2021 Dates: June 17 + 24 | July 15 + 22 | Aug 19 + 26  • 5 pm – 9 pm

Price: $195 + tax/fees

Please Note: A minimum of 4 participants is required to operate a certification course. Individuals are welcome to join an existing course.

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

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We are pleased to offer convenient online booking.  If you experience any difficulties please contact the office directly by email at or call 613-463-9564.

Cancellation policy for Paddle Canada certification programs
1000 Islands Kayaking operates within the Paddle Canada program guidelines which limits the ratio of instructors to 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.

Kayaking adventures are enjoyed in sunshine and in rain. Please ensure that you bring rain gear and warm clothing for your comfort.  We do provide spray skirts to help keep you dry, and your booking will not be cancelled due to rainy weather.

Should it become necessary for 1000 Islands Kayaking to cancel for any reason we will offer to alter your date free of charge, or provide you with a full refund upon request.

Please read our full cancellation policy here.