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Book Your Paddle Canada Basic Sea Kayaking Course with Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre

This 8 to 9 hour Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the basics of kayaking. We go over the equipment, how to prepare it, how to maintain it, and what is required by law. After the beginning introduction, we learn to launch, then get onto the water to learn and practice some skills in the kayak. Many kayak rental companies are now requiring renters to have had a basic introduction to kayaing.

The course should give you the confidence and skills to paddle in shallow, calm, flat water in a protected area. If you want to get the skills to be able to go out on a farther journey for a day trip, join our Level 1 Kayaking Skills course. It is also a Paddle Canada certification course.


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This is our typical course itinerary. (Because we are travelling in a natural environment, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a course actually runs.)

This course usually begins in Cowichan Bay, at the Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre, 1769 Cowichan Bay Road, in Cowichan Bay at 8:00 am.

We begin with on land instruction with gear and basics.

We move into the water late morning for some practical skills instruction.

We usually break for lunch about 12:00, then return to the course by about 12:45.

In the afternoon, we continue with some practical skills, and end with the in-water (not ON, but IN) activities.

We finish up about 5:30 pm.

What’s Included

Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:

  • Professional instructors
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide
  • Kayaks and gear (discount if you provide your own)

We can’t provide everything. You will have to provide:

  • Food
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the course