Custom Kayak Lessons

Over the past eight years Gabriela has been involved in training more than 200 kayakers. As a certified Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 1 Skills and Paddle Canada Rolling instructor, she is proud to offer a wide variety of courses and lessons that can be fully customized to your needs.

Courses and lessons

  • Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills (minimum of 8 hours, 2 – 6 participants)
  • Paddle Canada Basic Level 1 Skills (minimum of 16 hours, 2 – 6 participants)
  • Cold water rescues
  • Stroke tune-up
  • Boat handling (edging, leaning, bracing, etc)
  • Rolling (one-on-one coaching)
  • Small boat seamanship workshops (trip planning, navigation, weather, risk management etc.)

Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 1 course – day trip

Custom Lesson Policies

  • Please contact us to schedule a custom course or class, or to discuss any options not seen on this website. Tide and weather permitting, we are fairly flexible, but ideally we should have a minimum of a week’s notice to organize your class, lesson or workshop.
  • Your safety is our highest priority. On water lessons are subject to rescheduling due to high winds or unpredictable increased water flow/current.
  • The maximum instructor-to-participant ratio for on-water instruction is 1:6. Depending on your group’s composition and needs we reserve the right to restrict the ratio to 1:4. If you have a bigger group it might be best to split it up. If we need to get an additional instructor, we would likely need more notice.
  • Fees depend on the length of your class, lesson or workshop, the location and the number of participants. We may ask for a deposit at the time of booking. Invoices are due in full at the end of the event.
  • Participants are responsible for organizing their own boats and gear. For the best possible success rate, it’s crucial that the learner dresses for the lesson parameters.
    • Please do not wear cotton for your on-water class or lesson.
    • Functional / quick-dry clothing that you already use for other outdoor activities or sports is the most suitable.
    • Layering let’s you adjust easily to changing conditions.
    • A rain jacked can also act as a wind blocker, and a toque and light gloves help keeping you warm.
    • Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (dedicated water shoes if you have them, sandals or an old pair of runners work too).
    • For rescue classes and the rescue parts of the Paddle Canada courses we suggest that you bring a good fitting wet suit. If you don’t own one, consider borrowing from a similar sized friend or rent a wet suit from one of the local paddling stores.
    • Ask us for a packing list and rental recommendations (if applicable).