For experienced paddlers
Level 4 is the final course in the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills program. This duel location course will find the best (and worst) conditions to test your ability and provide the skills and knowledge required for sea kayak multi-day trips along an open coast with infrequent landing opportunities in rough conditions.
By the time you join a level 4 course you're already an accomplished paddler, you can handle your kayak in a variety of conditions, however, your skill improvement at this level is small and you won't see the same advances that you experienced on other courses. This program is designed to refine existing skills and “question” preconceived notions about sea kayaking. On this program everyone is challenged to contribute to the group’s learning. The focus is on expedition behavior as a paddling group of peers; group management, judgement and mutual safety in an exciting and challenging environment.
Effective and reliable rescues are crucial to success at Level-4 and you will need to demonstrate the ability to adapt to different situations. Trip planning and a practical test of navigation skills will form part of the assessment; a written test will include knowledge of weather and general seamanship.
6 day level 4 course located at Surge Narrow and the West Coast of Vancouver Island, likley Clayoquot Sound - $850 + GST
If traveling from afar, kayak, dry suit and safety gear rental is available upon request
6 Day Surge Narrows & West Coast of Vancouver Island Course
September 11th to 16th