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Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills


Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.


No previous kayak skills or certification necessary. Recommended ages 14 and up.

Typical Course Length:

2 days


Rescue skills

  • Bow rescue

  • Unassisted re-entry

  • Assisted re-entry

  • Towing

  • Communication/signals

Paddling skills

  • Forward stroke

  • Brace low/high

  • Sweep

  • Draw

  • Stern rudder

  • Edge control


  • Equipment

  • Journeying and seamanship

  • Safety

  • Kayaking resources


  • $250.00

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