Students on a dock with kayak paddles learning how to teach kayak rolling.
Location: Parry Sound, Ontario. Photo credit: James Roberts

Sea Kayak Level-1 Instructor

Discipline: Sea Kayaking Stream: Instructor Development

The Sea Kayak Level-1 Instructor course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills course.


The Sea Kayak Level-1 Instructor is certified to:

  • conduct Waterfront Kayak, Basic Kayak and Level-1 Skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
  • assist a Level-2 Instructor on a Level-2 Skills course, and
  • assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Basic Kayak Instructor or Waterfront
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Course Prerequisites
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Skills Certification
    • Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills
  • Instructor Certification
    • Basic Kayak Instructor highly suggested.
  • Teaching Experience
    • None, though it is highly recommended that the prospective candidate has taught a minimum of two Basic Kayak Skills courses within the past three years, being the lead instructor on at least one of those courses.
  • First Aid
    • Current certification in first aid (14 hours) with CPR.
  • Paddling Experience
    • 30 days in class-1 conditions (including overnights).

How to Register for an Instructor Course

  1. Contact the course director/organization and register with them first.
  2. Register yourself as an instructor candidate member with Paddle Canada by following these steps:
    • Are you existing Paddle Canada member or a past skill course student? Login to your account and follow the instructor candidate link there.
    • Are you brand new to Paddle Canada? Proceed to the Instructor Candidate membership form.
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