Book PC Level 1 Course

Book Your Paddle Canada Level 1 Course with Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre

The Course

This 12 hour minimum Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the kayaking skills you will need for day trips in protected waters. 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. We do rescues and learn paddling skills to give you more confidence on the water.

The course should give you the confidence and skills to paddle in calm, flat water up to light chop in a protected area, on extended trips for a day. If you want to get the skills to be able to go out on overnight trips, join our Level 2 Kayaking Skills course. This is 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 Coastal Bliss kayak dock at 1765 Cowichan Bay Rd. at 9:00 am, OR it begins in Maple Bay, at the public boat launch at 9:00 am. Day 2 could be at a different location, depending on weather and sea state.

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 12:30, then return to the course by about 1:15.

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

We finish up about 4:00 pm.

Day 2 follows a similar itinerary, but we try to be finished by 3:00 pm.

What’s Included

Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:

  • Professional instructors
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide
  • Kayaks and gear (we give you a discount if you bring 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