Students learning in a sea kayak course on Georgian Bay
Location: Honey Harbour, Georgian Bay, Ontario. Photo credit: David Johnston

Sea Kayak Level-2 Instructor

Discipline: Sea Kayaking Stream: Instructor Development

The Sea Kayak Level-2 Instructor course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills course.


The Sea Kayak Level-2 Instructor is certified to:

  • conduct Waterfront Kayak, Basic Kayak, Rolling Skills clinic, Level-1 Skills and Level-2 Skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
  • assist a Level-3 Instructor on a Level-3 Skills course, and
  • assist a Level-1 Instructor Trainer on a Level-1 instructor course.
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Course Prerequisites
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Skills Certification
    • Paddle Canada Level-3 Skills.
  • Instructor Certification
    • Paddle Canada Level-1 Instructor.
  • Teaching Experience
    • The candidate will have a significant teaching experience as a Level-1 Instructor in a wide variety of conditions and locations including a minimum of 15 days of logged instruction of Level-1 curriculum (either courses or clinics).
    • A minimum of two, Level-1 Skills courses within the past three years, being the lead instructor on both courses. These two courses count toward the 15 logged days.
  • Other Certifications
    • Current certification in wilderness first aid (16 hours) with CPR.
    • Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime).
      • While not required for course registration, the candidate must be able to provide proof of certification within one year after Level-2 Instructor certification is complete.
  • Paddling Experience
    • Significant paddling experience in a wide variety of conditions and locations.

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.