Basics Clinic

Learn basic knowledge and practical skills for sea kayaking


All Experience Levels

Meeting Place:

Cates Park Boat Ramp, North Vancouver


3 hours
9 am - 12 pm


May-June & Sept-Oct



Sea Kayaking Basics Clinic

This 3-hour beginner kayak lesson gives you an overview of basic knowledge and practical skills for sea kayaking. This includes:

  1. Becoming familiar with the essential equipment required for kayaking
  2. Practicing how to enter and exit the kayaks from the shoreline
  3. Practicing basic paddle strokes including forward, backward and sweep strokes
  4. Learning the single recovery and assisted recovery either on land or in the water (No pressure to get wet)
  5. Information on tides and currents, weather and safety management
  6. An overview of kayak etiquette and possible situations that may arise during a kayaking trip
  7. The differences between various kayak equipment


Highlighted in orange below is the possible paddling range.

Where We Paddle

The Basics Clinic will include a 1 hour on land to discuss the basics of kayaking, entering and exiting a kayak, hazards to be away of and understanding how tides and currents will affect your day out. We will then spend the next hour on the water, learning or improving our paddling technique, as well as discussing various scenarios on weather, tides and currents, crossings, safety management etc. To round the experience out, we will use the remaining time learning the single recovery and assisted recovery either on land or in the water. No pressure to get wet, however the more realistic the experience the more likely you will know what to do in the moment.

When & Where We Meet

We will meet at Cates Park Boat Ramp in North Vancouver. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time as a trip form and waiver will need to be filled out. Public washrooms are a 2 minute walk away. If you are under 18, an adult will need to sign on your behalf. Map

What is Included

  • Your certified guide,
  • All kayak and safety equipment
  • A paddle jacket
  • One dry bag (to keep your personal items secure and dry).
  • A gourmet lunch prepared with local and seasonal foods
  • Water bottle

Please ask about any extra rentals if needed.

What to Bring

  • Shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
  • Shorts or pants that dry quickly when wet.
  • 2 shirts so you can adjust your layers depending on the weather.
  • 1 light sweater
  • A wool hat for cold days. Great for post rescue practice!!
  • Gloves for those who easily get cold fingers.

No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetic clothing such as fleece or polyester is a better option. These will warm with your body if wet.

Other items include:

  • A hat or sunglasses for sun protection
  • 1 litre of water and snack
  • Personal medications
  • Waterproof camera if possible, otherwise we have dry bags which will keep the camera dry

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