Developing kayaking skills

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Free clinics and practice sessions

Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level-2 Skills

Skill development – the cornerstone for kayaking happiness

Building competency and developing good paddling skills are an important part of enjoying the kayaking experience. With practice and proper training, our members are able to safely paddle some of the world’s best paddling wilderness right on our doorstep!

PIKA actively promotes the development of its members skills by providing subsidized courses using professional, certified instructors, one day free clinics and practice sessions in pools, lakes and the ocean.

Free clinics and practice sessions

Attend a free clinic or practice session to learn a new skill or to hone your current practice. Clinics and practices on paddling strokes, directional control, towing and other skills are listed in the trips calendar.

Practicing the assisted re-entry on Hayward Lake

Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills

Many people do not get on the water because it’s “too difficult to access”, “too challenging to learn” or just plain too intimidating. We can help.  PIKA is offering great deals on membership and instruction. If you have limited or no previous kayak experience or would just like to introduce a new friend to the sport, we are conducting a one day Paddle Canada certified basic kayak skills course to provide training in easy conditions and a fun group environment. Maximum 6 paddlers per instructor.

You do not need to be a member of PIKA to participate as this is a Paddle Canada course.  If you choose not to become a PIKA member, the course fee is $75 per person.

Date:  May 11, 2019  9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC

Course fee: $130.00 includes the Paddle Canada course and a years’ membership in PIKA. Additional family members get the membership and the course for only $85.00.
Or
$75 if you’re already a member or if you choose not to become a PIKA member.

Kayak rental: No boat? We may have members who can help with that.  Just sign up well in advance.

Instructors: John Drent and Phil Kubik, Paddle Canada certified instructors

To sign up or for more information, contact our Safety and Training Coordinator:  safety@pikakayak.com

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills

Date: May 18-19, 2019

Location: Barnet Marine Park, BC

Course fee: $125 per person.  You do not need to be a member of PIKA to participate as this is a Paddle Canada course.

Registration: Contact Doug Childress by email: doug_childress@hotmail.com

Instructors: Doug Childress and John Bakker, Paddle Canada Level 1 certified instructors

Curriculum: See Paddle Canada’s website, www.paddlecanada.com for course overview.

Prerequisite: None

What to bring: a kayak and paddle with paddle float and pump, a PFD, spray skirt and a wet suit or dry suit.

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level-2 Skills

Date: July 5 to 13, 2019

Location: Broughton Archipelago Marine Park

Course fee: $400 You do not need to be a member of PIKA to participate as this is a Paddle Canada course.

Registration: Contact Doug Childress by email: doug_childress@hotmail.com  for inquires and registration. When you register for this course, you will be sent a course info package that includes a list of gear that is required for the course (a dry suit will be required in these waters). 

Instructors: George McFarlin, Doug Childress, Paddle Canada Level 2 certified instructors.

Curriculum: See Paddle Canada’s website, www.paddlecanada.com for course overview.

Prerequisite: Level 1 Paddle Canada or equivalent and the ability to paddle 10 nautical miles per day; dry suit will be required in these waters

Course overview: The course starts July 5th at 6:00 pm in Telegraph Cove where we spend the night at the RV park/campsite (full bathroom facilities).  Here we plan the start of our adventure into the Broughton Archipelago.  On July 6th we paddle across Johnstone Straight, through Weynton passage and across Blackfish Sound to a campsite on Flower Island, weather conditions permitting.  Students will plan the timing and route based on tide/current and sea state conditions.

A PC Level 2 skills training course is normally a 4-day course.  During this 8-day course we will spend more time on your camping and navigation skills but also we have included time to do some whale watching and even enjoy some kayak fishing. 

Each student will be required to provide and cook two dinner meals for at least seven people and will be responsible for their own breakfast and snacks.  Common cooking utensils will be provided.

During this course we will change campsites at least three times which will provide a great opportunity to practice your camping set up skills such as how to put up a tarp (tarpology). 

On July 12th we will paddle to a campsite within a few hours paddle of Telegraph Cove so that we will arrive back at Telegraph Cove around lunch time July13th, allowing mainland paddlers to catch a BC Ferry back to the mainland later that day.

Two weeks before the course you will receive more information plus questions that we will review during the course.

All PC Level 2 candidates will have reviews and time to speak privately with the instructors during the course.