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Welcome to 2022! Course dates for this season will be posted by early March and our rental season will begin in June. In the meantime, stay healthy & work on getting into paddling shape. (see our post below)

Sea Kayaking  Beginner

Introduction to Sea Kayaking Lesson Day 1

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Begin your kayak skills development at a comfortable pace with lots of time on the water for practice.


1 day


$185  +HST

 Course Includes

  • Solo kayak
  • Kayak skirt & paddle
  • Lifejacket
  • Safety equipment

This a wonderful opportunity to begin your kayak skills development at a comfortable pace with more time on the water for practice than our evening lessons. Even if you have never been in a kayak before, this one-day course will start at the beginning and give you a solid foundation of paddling and safety skills, knowledge and confidence to go out with others.

For students interested in the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak certification, combine this course with either our Day 2 Introduction course or the Pool Rescue class.

 What You Will Learn

  • Lifting and carrying a kayak
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes
  • Draw stroke
  • Low brace
  • Edging
  • Boat design & outfitting
  • Clothing & safety equipment

 Course Dates and Times

Dates to be determined.

 Course Prerequisites

  • Interest in learning how to safely paddle a kayak and go faster than your friends!

 What to Bring

Free day-use lockers are available however we recommend leaving valuables at home.

  • Your completed and signed waiver (download the waiver).
  • Water/sports drink
  • Active clothing you don't mind getting wet
  • Secure footwear you don't mind getting wet
  • Extra layers in case it cools off during the day
  • A change of clothes and shoes
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses with floater string
  • Snacks
  • Bagged lunch if participating in a full day excursion
  • A rain jacket/pants (optional)

 Course Location

Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre

This course starts at our mainland office at 283 Queen's Quay West. Get driving directions.

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Introduction to Sea Kayaking Evening Lesson

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Introduction to Sea Kayaking Lesson Day 2

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Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level-1 Kayak Value Package

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 The Fine Print

Minimum Age

13 years of age accompanied by an adult or 16 years of age without.

Our Cancelation Policy

To receive a full refund or to switch to another date, we require 48 hours notice prior to the start of your program. Bookings cancelled less than 48 hours in advance will be partially refunded or switched to another date at our discretion.

We reserve the right to cancel any program with less than 24 hours notice due to changing weather conditions such as strong winds or thunderstorms. Please check your email for cancellation notices before arriving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but your safety and well-being is our top priority.