Training Resources and Courses


Building competency in all areas of seamanship and developing good paddling skills is an important part of enjoying the kayak experience. With practice and the proper training our members are able to safely enjoy the worlds best paddling wilderness located right on our doorstep.  PIKA actively promotes the development of its members skills through subsidized courses using professional instructors and active practice sessions in the pool, lakes and the ocean.



This course develops seamanship and leadership in multi-day touring. The participant in Level-3 will:

  • develop practical leadership, risk assessment, decision-making, judgment, group management and seamanship in the context of a multi-day journey.
  • participate in a multi-day journey that includes changing conditions and varying terrain.
  • develop the skills necessary to lead a small group of paddlers on an overnight journey.
  • develop the skills outlined in Level-2 to a higher standard of proficiency.

Level 3 Prerequisites:

  • Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge
  • Extended trips of 2 or more days totalling 10 overnights
  • Wilderness first aid (16 hours) with CPR is strongly recommended
  • VHF radio operator’s licence is recommended
  • Bronze Medallion swimming and lifesaving (or equivalent) is recommended

Course Length 4 days with an excursion that includes 2 or more adjacent overnights

Location Exposed coastline with frequent landing opportunities

Conditions Winds moderate (12–19 knots) Surf near 1 metre, Current < 3 knots

Combined sea state near 1 metre with a moderate, occasionally rough sea state


Contact John Bakker, PIKA Safety & Training Advisor who can offer suggestions on training.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation on tides and currents, put together by George and Pat, that was presented at one of our club meetings.

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Are you interested in taking any training in 2019?  Contact

 Are you hoping for a mentor to help you navigate the unfamiliar territory of kayaking?  Come to a meeting!  Talk to the membership coordinator who will  be able to team you up with an available, experienced member!