Kayak Lessons

Our Kayak lessons are aligned with the standards of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak program, and are open to ClubLocarno Kayak Fleet members.  All members must have the skills outlined in Paddle Canada "Basic Kayaking Skills", PLUS the ability to self-rescue, in order to use the fleet.  Look at our Kayaking Calendar for the schedule of lessons and clinics and to register.

Basic Kayaking Skills

This course is intended for someone who has little or no previous kayaking experience.  It consists of two parts;  to orient you to the Locarno fleet and to teach you the basics sea kayaking skills. This Paddle Canada Basic Kayaking skills course is delivered by certified instructors.  The certification lesson is on 2 day following days and 7 hours long each.  The cost you will find here.

Requirements: Must wear PFD and wetsuit. We provide PFD's, you must bring a wetsuit.

See the schedule below and click on the links to register.  A lesson or clinic may be cancelled by the club if there are fewer than 4 people registered.

Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills

Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.  This a a 14 hour class delivered over a weekend, and the cost you will find here.
Successful candidates earn a Paddle Canada Level 1 skills certification.  The full course outline is here

Prerequisite: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.

Requirements: Must wear PFD and wetsuit. We provide PFD's, you must bring a wetsuit (either your own or you can rent).

See the schedule below and click on the links to register.  A lesson or clinic may be cancelled by the club if there are fewer than 4 people registered.

Upcoming events

    • 12 May 2018
    • 08:00
    • 13 May 2018
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 5
    Register
    This introductory lesson is intended for those with limited kayak experience and will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  More details of this lesson can be found here.

    Please bring:
    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Your instructor will be Mark




    • 01 Jun 2018
    • 06:00
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 22:00
    • Gulf Islands

    A 3-day course in the Gulf Islands for experienced paddlers with multi-day trip experience, who want to become Trip Leaders for Club Locarno.  Led by a SKABC Instructor.

    Sorry, this course is now full.  However please keep an eye open for a similar course in future years.  In the meantime please join our trips and get as much experience as possible!

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 08:00
    • 17 Jun 2018
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    Register
    This introductory lesson is intended for those with limited kayak experience and will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  More details of this lesson can be found here.

    Please bring:
    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Your instructor will be Mark




    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 08:00
    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    Register
    This introductory lesson is intended for those with limited kayak experience and will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  More details of this lesson can be found here.

    Please bring:
    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Your instructor will be Mark




    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 08:00
    • 29 Jul 2018
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    Register
    This introductory lesson is intended for those with limited kayak experience and will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  More details of this lesson can be found here.

    Please bring:
    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Your instructor will be Mark




    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 08:00
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    Register
    This introductory lesson is intended for those with limited kayak experience and will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  More details of this lesson can be found here.

    Please bring:
    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Your instructor will be Mark






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