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Thursday, 05 November 2015 17:31

Cold Water Immersion

Here is a quick link to our free in store cold water safety talk on Thursday November 12th at 6pm.

 It’s that time of year again - paddlers are getting into trouble because of warm air temperatures and cold water. We talk about this every spring and fall, but we can’t emphasize it enough. We have been getting multiple phone calls a day from people looking to rent a canoe or kayak because of the unseasonably warm air temperatures. While 99% of paddle shops in Ontario have stopped renting because of the risks involved with paddling this time of year, we are still operating our rental services. In order to keep people safe, we require proof of a drysuit for all paddlers.

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Cold water kills people every year because they are not adequately dressed for the water temperature. Paddlers often dress for the air temperature, not the water, which can end up being a fatal mistake. People often assume that because they are strong swimmers, have paddling experience or are staying close to shore that the risks don’t apply. Wrong. The truth is we are all at risk, so please help us educate anyone you see paddling in cold water.

You could be very close to shore and an Olympic Arctic swimmer who has never capsized a boat in your life - but when you do capsize, things can go downhill fast. If you capsize without wearing a thick wetsuit (more than 3mm) or drysuit, just 2 minutes of sudden cold water immersion may prevent you from swimming properly or being able to perform a self-rescue. What does this mean? If you’re wearing a PFD you will stay above water, but cold water shock and hypothermia will set in quickly and cause serious consequences - including death. If you aren’t wearing a PFD, your chances of survival are even less.

While we don’t want to scare anyone off paddling, we think it’s crucial to stress the dangers of being unprepared in cold water. Paddling is extremely fun and can be very, very safe if you follow a few simple rules. We paddle safely all year round, and love practicing our rescues in freezing water. It can be warm and safe when dressed appropriately, and with the proper precautions. Have any questions? Feel free to come into the store or give us a call to pick our brains.

We will be holding a free cold water safety talk on Thursday November 12th at 6pm for anyone interested. We also have pool courses on rescue techniques, on-water courses, and have drysuits in stock at our store. For more information on our upcoming events please visit our event page here.

Paddle safe!

Kelly McDowell

President

The Complete Paddler

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Tuesday, 01 October 2013 16:03

Free Fall Kayaking Lessons

 

Fall is here but that should not mean you need to stop paddling, these free courses might help you out.
 
We are offering a few different options for recreational kayakers to take their paddling skills to the next level. You must call us to book well in advance as space is limited. (416) 255 6905 Check them out...

 
 
Intro to Day TouringIMG 1092
This is a Saturday afternoon day trip filled with instruction on how to extend your paddling range. This course is intended for the recreational paddler accustomed to paddling close to shore in a smaller kayak. We will be using full size touring kayaks (provided at no charge) and showing you what you need to do to prepare, pack, stay warm and safe for a destination a little further from shore in the fall. We will also be demonstrating deep water self rescues and more efficient paddling techniques. If you already have these skills then it is a great opportunity to get a friend involved in the sport you love!
 
Cost: FREE (includes kayak and gear)
Where: Cherry Beach - Outer Harbour - Toronto Island Portage - Inner Harbour then back to Cherry Beach.
When: Oct 26th 2013 10am to 3pm
What you need to bring: Pack lunch, rain gear (including rain pants), spare change of cloths.
 
 
 
 
 Intro to WhitewaterDuo copy
This is a Sunday afternoon course intended for kayakers not familiar with moving water. This is not a difficult or scary first step as we will be on very small waves with lots of flat sections to catch your breath! We will be covering paddling techniques, safety, reading moving water, how to stay warm in the fall and demonstrating rescues. If you already have these beginner skills then it is a great opportunity to get a friend involved in the sport you love!
 
Cost: FREE (includes kayak and gear)
Where: Credit River, Vic Johnson arena lower parking lot to Erindale Park
When: Oct 27th 2013 1pm to 4pm
What you need to bring: Rain gear (including rain pants), spare change of cloths.

 

 Pool Courses (follow this link for dates and times) IMG 1868

Introduction to Kayaking
$95.00, plus tax, for one two hour session. We cover strokes and basic rescues.

Introduction to Stand Up Paddling
$95.00, plus tax, for one two hour session. We cover strokes and basic rescues.

Introduction to Canoeing
$95.00, plus tax, for one two hour session. We cover strokes and basic rescues.

Learn to Roll a Kayak
$95.00, plus tax, for one two hour session. Just rolling. Kayaking experience is necessary.

Private Instruction
$250.00, plus tax, for one two hour session. Customized courses in the pool, lake or river! Anytime anywhere! Advance booking is required.

Practice in the pool
$30.00, plus tax, for one two hour session. No instruction and you must bring your own boat and gear. Rental gear is available for an extra charge. Practice sessions can only be booked within the 48 hours before the date and only if there is space available.

 

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