Kayak Lessons

Our Kayak lessons are aligned with the standards of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak program, and are open to ClubLocarno Kayak Fleet members.  Look at our Kayaking Calendar for the schedule of lessons and clinics and to register.

Sea Kayak Beginner +

This course is intended for those with little or no kayaking experience, or for lapsed paddlers looking to re-build their confidence.  It consists of two parts;  to orient you to the Locarno fleet and to teach you essential sea kayaking skills.  This will include rescues, paddle strokes and basic trip planning. This Paddle Canada course is delivered by certified instructors.  The lesson is taught over two consecutive days.  Costs can be found here.

Requirements: Wetsuit or drysuit.

See the schedule below and click on the links to register.  A lesson or clinic may be cancelled by the club if fewer than 3 people are registered.

Sea Kayak Level-1 

Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.  This a a 14 hour class delivered over a weekend. Costs can be found here.
Successful candidates earn a Paddle Canada Level 1 skills certification.  The full course outline is here

Prerequisite: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.

Requirements: Must wear PFD and wetsuit. We provide PFD's, you must bring a wetsuit (either your own or you can rent).

See the schedule below and click on the links to register.  A lesson or clinic may be cancelled by the club if there are fewer than 4 people registered.

Upcoming events

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This weekend course will teach all of the skills required to get on the water and more.  Amongst other things you will learn different paddle strokes, how to self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  

    Please bring:

    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water,
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards, and
    • a non-medical grade face mask

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    All participants are required to wear a mask while in the compound, maintain physical distancing, wash hands often and be kind! Participant information will be collected to facilitate contact tracing if required. 





    • 08 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 1
    Register

    This weekend course will teach all of the skills required to get on the water and more.  Amongst other things you will learn different paddle strokes, how to self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  

    Please bring:

    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water,
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards, and
    • a non-medical grade face mask

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    All participants are required to wear a mask while in the compound, maintain physical distancing, wash hands often and be kind! Participant information will be collected to facilitate contact tracing if required. 







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