Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Certifications

We are offering two levels of Paddle Canada Sea Kayak certifications in Atlantic Canada!

Level 2 Sea Kayak Skills*
This 4-day course covers the skills and knowledge required for proficient kayaking in moderate conditions, along moderately exposed shorelines with frequent landing opportunities. Gain the skills and confidence to plan your own sea kayak adventures in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and beyond! This course is a prerequisite to the Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor course.

Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor**
This Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course. In this course, you will improve your on the water group management skills, develop lesson plans, and practice assessment skills.

As a Level 1 Instructor, you are certified to:

  • conduct Waterfront Kayak, Basic Kayak and Level 1 Skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
  • assist a Level 2 Instructor on a Level 2 Skills course, and
  • assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Basic Kayak Instructor or Waterfront

Eligibility Requirements

Please only apply for this course if you have the following Paddle Canada prerequisites:

*Level 2 Sea Kayak Skills prerequisite: Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills
**Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor prerequisite: Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Skills

Please contact us if you are not sure about equivalences, listing your certifications, skills, or ocean paddling and/or kayak experience.

How to Apply

Due to limited spaces available for these certifications, preference will be given to Atlantic Canada residents, in addition to other screening criteria.

Contact Thunder Shanti, Training Academy Atlantic Program Manager, by email ( outlining your eligibility for the course(s) and immediate career goals related to the requirement for one or both of these certifications. They will reply with more information and how to register (if eligible).


Level 2 Sea Kayak Skills: May 23-26, 2024
Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor: May 30-Jun 2, 2024


Cape LaHave Adventures (Dublin Shore, NS)

What’s included
  • Professional Instruction
  • Paddle Canada Course & Certification Fees
  • All paddling gear
  • Accommodations (Tenting onsite — Camping gear loan available)

*Note: Food and Travel are not included.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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