“ We learned so much from your coaching and guiding, and throughly enjoyed you both.”
- Louise McCann




Coastal Adventures has been a pioneer in providing quality instruction in sea kayaking in Eastern Canada for over three decades. Whether you are looking for an introduction to the sport or are seeking advanced training, we have something for you in our program. We offer courses leading to certification by Paddle Canada. In addition to our own instructors, we often bring in experienced coaches from outside our region who are leaders in the sport. This allows us to keep abreast of the latest ideas and techniques in sea kayaking.

Half Day Courses
Full Day Courses
Multi Day Courses
Eskimo Rolling
Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Introductory Sea Kayaking [PC Level 1]
Comprehensive SK [PC Level 2]
Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Instructor Course
All Women




    “I was extremely pleased with your course. You’ve helped open a door to a whole new dimension of the Maritime Provinces.”
- Serge Michaud

The first and best self-rescue following a capsize in a kayak is the Eskimo roll. This technique, developed by northern native paddlers, allows you to remain in your boat, rapidly right yourself and continue paddling out of a potentially dangerous area. During these half day clinics we will introduce you to this fascinating technique. No prior experience is required but the Safety and Sea Kayaking is recommended.

Dates: TBA
(All are afternoon sessions: 1:30PM-5PM)

Fee: $85 Cdn* 5 (all equipment provided, including dry/wet suits)

Additional Clinics: Depending on availability of instructors we can offer dates outside the schedule for a minimum of two participants.



How do you anticipate and avoid potential dangers? How do you cope with a capsize? As with all outdoor activities there are several risks associated with coastal paddling that must be understood by participants. COASTAL ADVENTURES is offering a day long clinic where the various factors relating to sea kayak safety will be covered, both in theory and in practice. Instruction includes solo and group rescue techniques. Paddle Canada Introduction to Sea Kayaking certification will be offered.

Additional Clinics: Depending on availability of instructors we can offer dates outside the schedule for a minimum of three participants.

Dates: June 2, 16, 30, July 21, August 18

Fee: $195 Cdn* all equipment provided, including dry/wet suits ,& lunch)

Additional Clinics: Depending on availability of instructors we can offer dates outside the schedule for a minimum of two participants.

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These weekend courses offer an intensive theoretical and practical introduction to sea kayaking. Topics covered include the necessary equipment, the basic paddling strokes, rescue techniques, navigation and weather and water conditions. Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking and Sea Kayaking Level 1 will be offered. No previous experience required.

Dates: June 15-16, July 27-28, August 17-18
$465 Cdn* (includes tent site, equipment, certification fees- including dry/wet suits, meals -B&B extra)

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This intensive, 4 day, course reinforces and extends the information and skills taught in the introductory course. An overnight trip and a night paddle will be part of the course. Group leadership and risk assessment will be an important component. Paddle Canada skill certification (Level 2) available to qualified candidates. Prerequisite: PC Sea Kayaking 1, or its equivalent in experience. Details upon request.

Dates: June 15-18
Fee: $895 Cdn* (includes campsite, meals & snacks, course materials; excludes kayak equipment, camping gear)
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Paddle Canada has developed the first national sea kayaking program and Coastal Adventures has been involved since the beginning. During this course along Nova Scotia's rugged Atlantic coast, we will cover the theory and skills required for the Paddle Canada Introductory Kayaking Instructor Course and the Sea Kayak Level 1 Instructor Course. An emphasis will be placed on various teaching techniques and situations. Certification for the Introductory Kayaking Instructor and Sea Kayaking Instructor Level 1 will be available to the successful candidates.

Dates: Contact us for dates and details
Fee: 2 Day Introductory Instructor Course: $475Cdn*
4 Day SK1 Instructor Course: $875Cdn*
[includes instruction, campsite, meals, course materials; excludes kayak equipment and camping gear]
Place Tangier, N.S.
Prerequisite Minimum: Paddle Canada SK 1 skills course or equivalent in experience

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Want to brush up on your paddling strokes for the summer?
Interested in improving your safety skills?
Tired of men?

Come and join Coastal Adventure’s three/four day ALL WOMEN paddling course in beautiful Tangier, Nova Scotia.

Dates: TBA
Fee: $550 - $695Cdn*

Course Director: Gayle Wilson: BCU Instructor and Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer

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Scott Cunningham:
BCU Level 4 Coach, Paddle Canada Senior Instructor Trainer

Gayle Wilson:
BCU Coach & Paddle Canada SK Instructor Trainer

If you would like to register for one of Coastal Adventure's tours or courses, here is our registration form in ADOBE PDF format.

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