Beginners Course – May 12-14 2023

When: May 12, 2023 until May 14, 2023

Locations: Multiple.  See below.

The Beginner Course is a foundational course that will give you the basic skills and knowledge to go on trips in sheltered waters or to join competently led trips in places such as Indian Arm and the Gulf Islands. You’ll learn:

  • How to perform wet exits, assisted and self re-entry skills,
  • Strokes:  Forward, reverse, stopping, sweep, draw, low brace, stern rudder, edge control
  • Launching and landing,
  • Towing
  • An overview of following topics:
    • General knowledge
    • Equipment and equipment care
    • Route planning and basic navigation techniques
    • Weather
    • Sea State
    • Risk Assessment and mitigation
    • Communication
    • Hypothermia and Hyperthermia, sun safety
    • Kayakers’ impact on the Environment
    • Kayak tie down
    • History and Heritage
    • Resources

Pre-requisites :  There are no pre-requisites for this course

Special Instructions: If you do not have a kayak and cannot borrow one, please contact the Course Coordinator to discuss options for renting.

Friday night pool session:
This session is to practice wet exits and re-entry. A sea kayak is recommended.  Contact the Course Instructor Cynthia Materi if you wish to use a different type of kayak.

Saturday/Sunday on water sessions: A sea kayak is required for the Saturday and Sunday sessions on the water.  A wetsuit or dry suit is also required for the on-water segment of the course.   Kayaks may be rented at Deep Cove and at Cates Park for anyone who is unable to transport a kayak on their vehicle.  Contact Course Coordinator to discuss other options.

Course Format:  [updated Apr 2]

  • May 12, 2023 – Friday evening: 6:30-10:30 at Coquitlam City Centre Pool
  • May 13, 2023 – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Deep Cove Kayak beach
  • May 14, 2023 – Sunday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm at Deep Cove Kayak beach

Saturday and Sunday will have some theory and much on-water activities.

You will receive a participant letter with more information prior to the start of the course.

Instructors: Cynthia Materi, Katya Yushmanova, Vincent Law

Course Coordinator:  Kathleen Cunningham

Fee: $85

Limit: 8 participants
Locations:  see above

Refund policy:

  • If you cancel more than 30 days before the course date, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • If you cancel 30 days or less from the course date, there will be no refund.

Registration: registration opens March 18 at 8 am.

Contact Kathleen Cunningham if you have any questions regarding this course.

To register, complete the booking form (below the heading Sign up:), click on the [Pay with Stripe Checkout] button and proceed to payment.  You will receive a confirmation email.

Signed up:
  • Lily Chang
  • lihua Sui
  • Lisa Lam
  • Lindi Rae
  • Laura Benson
  • Akhil Ramdoyal
  • Brenda Bevis
  • Nicole Beissner

Spaces Available: 1

Sign up:

By signing up I understand that per club policy I am responsible for having the skills, health, ability and equipment to participate safely in the activity. I also understand that I am responsible for notifying the organizer about any physical or mental impairment or medical condition that could interfere with my ability to participate fully in the activity and/or create a safety concern for the group.


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