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

  • OCC Certified Instructor
  • OCC Field Leader Manual
  • 16 hours of interactive online learning
  • Outdoor Event Planning Checklists
  • Ongoing mentoring

What to Bring

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Colorful Markers
  • Computer and Internet Access
  • Zoom Conference Access

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