Certification – Level 1 Skills

A dynamic course for the beginner or intermediate paddler!

This course covers a significant amount of knowledge and skills to improve the navigation and paddling skills of both beginner and intermediate paddlers. No experience is necessary, however a knowledge of maps, and use of  compasses will be helpful.

Paddle Canada also has a basic kayak certification course to help paddlers who are just learning how to kayak. 1000 Islands Kayaking does not offer the basic level certification. But please feel free to take our Level 1 option and should you not be able to fulfill the Level 1 curriculum by the end of the course, a Basic level certification could be awarded by your Instructor depending on your skill level.

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…

  • 16 hours of training
  • all necessary equipment
  • professional instruction
  • mastery of boat control
  • rescues (self + partner)
  • 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.

Please also be aware we do not supply lunches on our course. Ensure to pack a high-energy lunch to get you through your day on the water.

2021 Dates: May 29 – 30 | June 26-27 | July 10-11 | July 24-25 | Aug 9-10 note this is Mon-Tues | Aug 21-22 | Sept 11-12 | • 9 am to 5 pm

Price: $325 + 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 kayaking@1000ikc.com 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.