Kayak Clinics & Lessons

Checkout/ Refresher

The checkout/ refresher is designed for two different groups:

1. Experienced kayakers who are new to Locarno and require a checkout of their skills prior to getting access to the kayak fleet;
2. Returning members who want a refresher of rescue techniques and Locarno practices.

Kayak Lessons

Our Kayak lessons are aligned with the standards of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak program.  All members must have the skills outlined in Paddle Canada Basic Kayaking Skills, PLUS the ability to self-rescue, in order to use the fleet.  Look at our Kayaking Calendar for the schedule of lessons and clinics and to register.

Beginner+ Lessons

This course is perfect for those with little or no previous kayaking experience, or lapsed paddlers looking to build confidence in their skills.  The lesson is delivered over a weekend by a Paddle Canada certified instructor.  Self rescues, assisted rescues, paddling techniques and basic trip planning are typically covered.  


Level 1 Lessons

Level-1 provides the skills 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. 

More details about our Kayak lessons can be found here ...

Other Clinics

Members of the Kayaking Fleet are eligible to take part in various free clinics, depending on their level of experience.  Additional clinics will be scheduled as the season progress and in response to member interest.  These typically include:

  • Pool Sessions/ rolling clinics;
  • Rescue clinics;

  • Trip leading and planning

More details about our clinics can be found here ...

Click on the Kayaking Calendar to view a complete list & schedule of clinics.

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