Level Two Kayaking

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Level Two Kayaking

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Level Two Kayaking • Advanced Open Water and Touring
Ages 12+

So now you have the basic skills and the open water is calling, then look no further as level two is for you. This is a three - four hour program designed for people who have already taken level one kayaking and would like to venture out into the open water, begin touring and learn the techniques required for the next level river running session.

To begin your experience we will be meeting at the  Park Lake at 1:00pm where the students will continue their education with a one hour dryland session covering advanced gear, greater safety and high preformance boat design. Prior to this course the students should have an idea of what boat design they would like to use and you will be outfitted for this boat and using it for the duration of the day. Then our skilled instructors will enjoy getting you wet again practising the wet exit, this time however we will be introducing the advantages of the kayak skirt. Following that we will be running through a brief review of the basic strokes and then on to a vast amount of advanced stroke work and boat control that will challenge you to improve. Once we have completed the paddling skills portion of the paddling skills portion of the course you l will them be working on the rescue scenarios. Our rescues are designed to educate the touring paddler and whitewater enthusiast alike. We will be covering at least five different rescues along with the T rescues that we will be using for those who would like to advance to the full roll. In this session our goal is to develop our students into becoming safe knowlegeable paddlers covering a range of advanced techniques with the potential for day touring to multi day tripping or the next levels moving water dynamics. (note you will be getting wet and be asked to exit your kayak if capsized, but not worry as our staff loves helping you through this adventure.)

This experience will teach you a variety of advanced skills in a safe and fun approach while helping build confidence and self esteem. From here you will have the chance to advance your training with our continued education programs and establish more confidence on the water. The certified instructors at High Level Canoes and Kayaks are trained in instructing paddlers of all ages and will lead you through age related skills and drills with lots of thrills. At the same time we strive to instill upon all participants the importance of safe paddling in all water related activities. (and a reminder you will be getting wet.)


  • Age 12+
  • good swimming skills required
  • Level One Kayaking required


  • change of cloths and towel
  • lunch with a couple of bottles of water
  • swimwear
  • preregistration provisions that maybe pertinent for the staff

(all information is kept confidential)

Techniques covered:

  • transporting
  • packing
  • safety on and off the water
  • boat fitting
  • entry and exiting the water
  • wet exiting (flipping over in the boat and getting out)
  • hand paddle positioning (body positioning)
  • proper paddle positioning (body, boat, blade)
  • boat balancing
  • forward stroke
  • back stroke
  • stopping forward and backward
  • turning strokes (sweep forward and backward and combined)
  • combined strokes( figure eight)
  • side stroke (basic draw and T draw sculling)
  • power foward stroke
  • cadence
  • bracing low and high
  • edging
  • tripping
  • lead sweep communication
  • stern rudder
  • duffek stroke
  • combination forward stroke, power stroke, edge, sweep, stern rudder, low brace
  • hip flick
  • assisted rescue, side by side, X, stirrup in water
  • T rescue
  • solo recovery
  • throw bag recovery
  • rafting
  • signals
  • towing


  • all paddling gear
  • all water related clothing
  • pfd and all safety gear