Offering the same basics that we brought to you with our pool course, our summer Introduction to Kayaking course takes those skills to the lake!
This is a beginner course focusing on basic paddle strokes, safety and rescue. Whether you are new to paddling or have just never had any formal training, this course offers the skills and knowledge to keep you safe and comfortable on the water. The class will begin with on land introductions and a safety chat where we will go over proper safety equipment, Transport Canada regulations, weather, and proper paddling clothing. Once we get on the water, we will learn the basic strokes needed to get you going. Strokes covered are: front stroke, sweep stroke, draw stroke, and the low brace.
We will cover both group and self rescues with and without a paddle float. This part of the course requires you to capsize the boat and get wet, so be prepared! At the end of the session, we'll put our new skills to use with a paddle along the breakwall of Lake Ontario.
Date: Saturday June 24
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Sunnyside Beach, Toronto, Lake Ontario
Here is a link to a map with an icon showing where we will meet. On the beach boardwalk in front of the SunnySide Beach Cafe.
What to bring:
Bring clothing and footwear that will keep you comfortable and warm when wet (synthetic or wetsuit is best!) as well as a towel and any medication you may require. If you require goggles, noseplugs, or any other accessories to be comfortable in the water - bring them! Lastly, don't forget your hat and sunscreen and a lunch or snacks. If you need to rent a kayak and gear for this course the fee is $30.00 extra.
You will be contacted by our staff prior to the course to confirm details.
*Times are subject to change and courses are weather-dependant