The Sea Kayak Level-3 Instructor course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-3 Skills course.
The Level-3 instructor candidate is a highly experienced Paddle Canada sea kayak instructor and as such, the requirements for knowledge, personal experience and leadership is significant.
The instructor candidate will show confidence with the material and be effective in the overall management of this challenging course. The ability to quickly assess student’s needs, be flexible with changing environmental conditions and the ability to set-up and effectively debrief challenging teaching scenarios on the water are key attributes of the Sea Kayak Level-3 Instructor.
The Sea Kayak Level-3 Instructor is certified to:
conduct Paddle Canada Waterfront Kayak, Basic Kayak, Kayak Rolling clinic and Level-1, 2 and 3 skills courses and to certify paddlers at those levels, and
assist Level-4 Instructors on a Level-4 Skills course.
The candidate will have a significant teaching experience as a Level-2 Instructor in a wide variety of conditions and locations including a minimum of 20 days of logged instruction of Level-2 curriculum (either courses or clinics).
A minimum of two Level-2 Skills courses within the past three years, being the lead instructor on both of those courses. These two courses count toward the 20 logged days.
Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime).
Significant paddling experience in class-3 conditions.
How to Register for an Instructor Course
Contact the course director/organization and register with them first.
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.
The content on this page is provided for information only and could be incorrect or outdated. The course program manual is the official syllabus.
If you have any specific syllabus questions, please get in touch with the
Sea Kayak Program Committee who is responsible for the development and maintaince of this course.
Paddle Canada Water Classifications
Canada is a large country with many different environments including rivers, lakes and oceans. To help standardize the learning environment for our students we developed a water classification system ranging from 0 to 4.
Each class describes the optimal environment expected including wind speed, current, wave or swell height, shoreline accessibility and finally access to land-based assistance.
The water classes were designed to be in alignment (where appropriate) with other organizations’ own classification including Transport Canada and Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.
Environment: Non-challenging protected waters with limited wind effect, little or no current, easy landings, and ready access to land-based assistance. Wind and sea state is calm to rippled (<15km/h or 8 knots).
Environment: Non-challenging waters with mild wind effect (0-20 km/h or 0–11 knots), little or no current (0-1 km/h or 0–0.5 knots), uninterrupted easy landing options, and ready access to land-based assistance. Sea state is calm to light chop.
Environment: Moderately exposed coastline with frequent easy-landing opportunities and short crossings. Moderate potential wind effects (22-35 km/h or 12–19 knots), surf of less than 1 meter and a combined sea state of less than 1 metre, gentle to moderate non- turbulent currents (< 6 km/h or < 3 knots), and light surf beaches. Short delays in access to land-based assistance should be expected.
Environment: Exposed water, with more committed crossings and any combination of the following: moderate to strong currents with turbulence (≥ 6 km/h or ≥ 3 knots), moderate to strong wind effects (22-35 km/h or 12–19 knots), ocean swells and a combined sea state near 1 meter with occasional rough sea state. Difficult but frequent landing opportunities, surf-beaches with surf up to 1 metre. Delays in access to land-based assistance can expected.
Environment: Rugged and exposed coast with long and committed crossings and any combination of the following: strong turbulent currents (≥ 6 km/h or ≥ 3 knots), strong wind effects (near 37 km/h or 20 knots), large swells with a combined sea state 1 metre or more with a moderate to rough sea state, exposed surf beaches (≥1 metre), infrequent and sometimes difficult landings which present significant challenges for individual safety and group management. Significant delays in access to land-based assistance can be expected.
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