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New to paddling? interested to learn how to sea kayak? Want to build the confidence to paddle the waters of Lake Superior? Well the Lake Superior Starter Course is for you! In this program you will learn more than what is usually offered in the Paddle Canada level one sea kayak skills course.

The first few weeks of September the waters of Lake Superior are as warm as they get! So this is a great opportunity get out there and get wet in it!

In this two-day course you will learn valuable techniques to improve your paddling strokes, paddling skills and rescue skills, as well as journeying and seamanship. You will leave this course with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and execute daylong sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters on Lake Superior and protected coastal/inland waters around the world.

Upon successful completion of the Superior Starter Course, paddlers will be awarded with the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills Certification along with some serious stoke for the sport of sea kayaking and Lake Superior!

Schedule as follows:

Day #1:

Location: TBA a few days before but will be within a 40min drive of Thunder Bay. Possible locations: Sturgeon Bay, Jarvis Bay, Cloud Bay, Little Trout Bay, Pine Bay, Little Pigeon Bay or perhaps Somewhere between Wild Goose Bay and Amethyst Harbour. We will go where the lake allows and we must be flexible for this. We will carpool accordingly. There is also an option to camp out together on the saturday evening to save the drive to and from town if this is of interest and weather is nice.

Day 1 we will cover basic forecasting for lake superior, navigation, introduction to equipment, strokes and rescues. Be prepared to spend the full day on and in the water. We will finish this day by completing our day trip plan for the following day.

Day #2

We will proceed to follow our planned day trip and decide a start and finish time on the 1st day of the course. We will have a full day on the water with time for lunch, snacks, and time to practice our strokes further along with a bit of exploration to help you gain some confidence to paddle sheltered bays of Lake Superior.


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