Level Two Skills Course

From: Chris
Sent on: Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:15 PM

Hi Everyone,


Just wanted to let everyone know about a upcoming Level Two Skills Course. The dates are June 29 & 30th and July 1st & 2nd. The course is going to be in Whiterock BC and the overnight will be in the Gulf Islands off of Sydney BC. There is a prerequisite of Level One Skills with at least 3 planned day trips under your bum!


This course is a Paddle Canada Course put on by David Dreves Kayaking. For those of you who have taken the Level One Course with me David is the one you can thank for me getting you to do all those wet exits! LOL Also he is one of the top instructors in canada and well worth the time spent with him.

if you have any questions you can drop me a note.



Here is the outline of the course.

Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayaking    The Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayaking Course provides the skills and knowledge for proficient kayaking at sea in moderate conditions, on overnight trips along a moderately exposed coastline with frequent easy landing opportunities.    Location - White Rock and the Gulf Islands   


Instruction at this level takes the skills from Level 1 Sea Kayaking and uses them in “dynamic waters” (waves / current).  Level 1 kayak skills must be strong to be successful in Level 2 kayak course.

·      Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 1 skills

·       Experience: At least 3, one day long, kayaking trips in different locations

·       Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) strongly recommended

Course Length
5 days including at least 1 overnight

Class ratio
1 instructor: 4 participants

Moderate winds: (12-19 knots); moderate sea state (combined wind wave / swell less than 1-metre); Surf: less than 1-meter; 
Current less than 3 knots.

Overview of Sea Kayaking Level 2 Skills

Rescue Skills

Paddling Skills


  • Assisted rescues
  • Unassisted rescues
  • All in rescue
  • Rolling
  • Towing
  • Communication
  • Knots
  • Forward stroke
  • Forward sweep
  • Reverse sweep 
  • Reverse stroke
  • Low/high brace turn
  • Draw/sculling draw
  • Low/high brace
  • Bow/stern rudder
  • Equipment
  • Knots 
  • Journeying and seamanship
  • Safety
  • Kayaking resources


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