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Level One Sea Kayak at the Deanery

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 8:30am to Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 5:00pm

Level One Sea Kayak at the Deanery
: The Deanery Project, West Ship Harbour, NS

Course instructor - Jennifer MacLatchy

For this course at The Deanery, you may EITHER rent a sea kayak/gear, OR you may bring your own. You can also opt-in for the meal program and accommodations, if you like!

Paddle Canada Level One is a two-day course that moves participants beyond flat water kayaking and into the adventure of sea kayaking.
Parts of the course are conducted in slightly wavier waters than Basic Kayak, aiming to develop the paddler’s comfort in class-1 waters.
There is a strong focus on re-entry (rescue) techniques as well as the skills required to safely plan and execute a day trip with friends (for example, navigation & route planning, weather interpretation, proper clothing/gear.)
No previous training required, but you should be comfortable in a kayak - send me a message if you are wondering if this course is for you!
The course will run with a minimum of 3 participants, and a maximum of 6.

Course fees: $225 for the 2 day course,
(or you can bring your own proper sea kayak/gear)

You may leave your kayak at The Deanery overnight.
For this special course at The Deanery, if you wish, you may OPT-IN for room and board, for an additional fee.
There are various indoor accommodations, or camping to sleep, and the meal program will include
TWO bagged lunches, one dinner and one breakfast!
Please inquire, to pre-register.
You may instead choose to go home at night and bring your own lunches.

To reserve a space in any of our Level One courses, please send this info either by facebook message to the page or by email:
-The make and model of your kayak, or if you need to rent.
State the course date you want to book, and your Full Name, Mailing address, phone number and email address, and a $100 deposit for a Level One course to
(Eleanor Kure) by etransfer.
Thank you!

Deposits would be refunded if the course is cancelled, but non-refundable if the course runs, unless there is unexpected medical conditions that require you to cancel.
Successful completion of course will provide participants with a Paddle Canada certification in Level One Sea Kayaking.
You will need to bring, OR CAN RENT IF NEEDED:
a sea-worthy sea kayak, skirt, a paddling PFD, with whistle, paddle, pump/bailer, and 15m of buoyant line.
Bring a compass if you have one.
Please purchase/bring an inflatable paddle float if you can. A paddler should own both.
Pack your own lunch, snacks, (or choose the optional room and board program)
water bottle, sun block, paddling clothing/hat, booties, etc. We will be immersing in ocean water. (fun!)
You will learn:
How to safely plan and execute a day trip in sheltered coves and bays in Nova Scotia, including judgement of weather, understanding marine forecasts and how that will affect choosing your paddling location.
Boat design, the difference between types of sea kayaks and paddles, and how to choose your own kayak.
Intro to navigation, marine charts, compass work, and how to understand the marine forecast.
Boat control:
efficient forward stroke, reverse, and sweep strokes for turning.
Draws, both sculling and T-draw (moving sideways), and hanging draw.
Stern rudder - and when and why you will combine all of these strokes.
Cold water safety, paddling clothing, paddling with a group/group dynamics and paddling etiquette, judgement of conditions and safety as a whole.
Wet-exits: Capsizing on purpose to feel prepared and know what to expect.
Assisted rescues - rescue your friend and be rescued - we can go over a few different methods.
Self-rescues - so fun! We will focus on the paddle float method, but if time allows I will teach you the cowboy.
Edging for boat control.
Bracing to avoid a capsize.
Contact towing.
This is a terrific course - by the time you're done, you will feel prepared to start having your own adventures!

The Deanery Project is a wonderful place, offering programs in the Arts, environmental building, active transportation and permaculture. Come see the beautiful hand-built buildings, and keep an eye out for future events they offer.
Here is the national Paddle Canada site listings of courses:

This event takes place on unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We are all Treaty People and have responsibilities to each other, this land and these beautiful waters.
We also understand that the kayak itself was invented by the Inuit and was an integral part of their survival and heritage.

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