17 Stanley's Lane
Conception Bay South
Provides the knowledge and skills for a day-long sea kayak trip in sheltered waters and light winds. Skills taught include efficient forward and turning strokes, edging, bracing, controlled wet exit, solo and assisted rescues, and towing. Knowledge sessions include equipment, safety, weather, navigation, seamanship and trip planning.
Friday Evening (September 9): 7 –9:00pm Classroom only
Registration and introductions, overview of Paddle Canada program, lectures on kayaking safety, weather, navigation, and seamanship. In-pool rescue skills.
Saturday (September 10): 9am – 5pm in sheltered water – location to be determined
Kayak entry, exit and carrying techniques
Strokes clinic – forward, sweep, reverse, stopping, and draw strokes. Introduction to edging
Equipment and trip planning lectures
Low and high braces
Wet exits, solo and assisted rescues
Sunday (September 11): 9am – 5pm, day trip. Location to be determined.
Group dynamics, leadership and safety on the water
Practicing strokes, rescues, navigation and seamanship
Information on kayaking in Newfoundland & Labrador
Assessment and feedback on course
What you need to bring (Most Paddling Gear and Exposure Gear will be available for rent through Ocean Quest):
PFD (personal flotation device)
Pump or Sponge
Tow Rope & Belt
Paddling Wetsuit or Drysuit
Neoprene Boots and Gloves
Wool or Synthetic hat
Outdoor Clothing (not cotton)
Fleece Top or Sweater (not cotton)
Complete Change of Clothing in Waterproof Bag
Water, Snacks and Lunches
Sunscreen and Lip Balm
Neil Burgess is a Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 2 Instructor who has been teaching sea kayaking since 2005. Neil has paddled all over Newfoundland and Labrador and is excited to share his love of kayaking and exploring our province’s amazing coastline. Neil is past president of Kayak Newfoundland & Labrador and the Newfoundland & Labrador Paddling Association. He was also on the board of directors of Paddle Canada. Neil has taught kayak courses in eastern, central and western Newfoundland (with the Newfoundland Kayak Company) and also taught courses in northern Labrador (Nain and Saglek) in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government youth program. He has paddled in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, the USA, Spain and Croatia.