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Lesson group at Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes

Don Lockwood

On the Water - Lessons

Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes is proud to offer a wide variety of lessons in kayaking, canoeing, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP).  We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses including Kayak Rescues, Cold Water Rescues, The Kayak Roll, Greenland Paddling, Canoeing 101, Kayaking 101, and more.  CVKC has a highly skilled and experienced instructor team who are passionate about paddling.  We also offer a range of Paddle Canada courses led by PC-certified instructors.

Introductory Courses

If you are a beginner paddler, we have a course to help get you on the water! Our seasoned instructors can get you into a kayak or canoe, or onto a Stand Up Paddle Board, and teach you what you need to know to have fun & be safe as you enjoy a whole new perspective on our local environment!

Kayaking 101

Kayaking 101 (formerly 'The Basics') is specifically designed for the beginner paddler! You will learn a bit about boats, equipment, and safety before heading out on the water for an introduction to basic strokes.  You will also learn how to get in & out of a kayak with style, and how to safely carry a kayak.

Please bring: Synthetic clothing (no cotton or jeans, please), water shoes, sunglasses & sunscreen, hat, water & snack.

Location: Comox Valley Kayaks. Tide dependant.

Cost: $40 per person (includes boat & lesson). Register in person or by phone at Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes (250.334.2628)

Most Wednesdays, May - September

May class time: 5:30-8:30PM

June - Sept: 6:00-8:00PM

Kayak Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

Join us in the pool to learn how to get yourself (and your paddling companions!) back into your kayak after a capsize. Take this course on its own to increase your confidence & control on the water, or take it as the first step toward a Paddle Canada Basic Kayak certification. Cost $58.

Location: Comox Valley Aquatic Centre (Sept - May); Courtenay Memorial Outdoor Pool (June - Aug)

  • Thursday, August 28th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Monday, September 15th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Wednesday, September 24th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Monday, October 6th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Wednesday, October 15th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
Cold Water Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

Join us in the cool water of Goose Spit to learn how to get yourself (and your paddling companions!) back into your kayak after a capsize. Take this course on its own to increase your confidence & control on the water, or take it as the first step toward a Paddle Canada Basic Kayak certification. Cost $50.  Course fee includes wetsuit rental.  Drysuit rental available for $15.

Goose Spit

Basic Kayak: Paddling Skills (Part 2)

Our certified Paddle Canada instructors will take you out onto the water to learn the skills you need to paddle safely & with finesse! Enjoy a full day on the water with us, or mix & match the dates to suit your schedule. You will come away from the course a more confident paddler - including knowledge of boats, equipment, and paddling techniques. Graduates receive Paddle Canada certification, and a free 4-hour kayak rental from Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes so you can practice your skills!

Prerequisite: Kayak Rescues or Cold Water Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

  • Saturday, August 23rd 10:00 am (3 hours)   
  • Saturday, September 27th 10:00 am (3 hours)   
  • Saturday, October 18th 10:00 am (3 hours)   @ Comox Lake
Basic Kayak: Progressive Paddling (Part 3)

Our certified Paddle Canada instructors will take you out onto the water to learn the skills you need to paddle safely & with finesse! Enjoy a full day on the water with us, or mix & match the dates to suit your schedule. You will come away from the course a more confident paddler - including knowledge of boats, equipment, and paddling techniques. Graduates receive Paddle Canada certification, and a free 4-hour kayak rental from Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes so you can practice your skills!

Prerequisite: Kayak Rescues or Cold Water Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

Prerequisite: Basic Kayak Paddling Skills (Part 2)

  • Saturday, August 23rd 2:00 pm (3 hours)   
  • Saturday, September 27th 2:00 pm (3 hours)   @ Comox Lake
  • Saturday, October 18th 2:00 pm (3 hours)   @ Comox Lake
Greenland Paddling

Can you paddle with a stick? The answer is YES! Come & discover the art of Greenland paddling with our skilled and passionate team of instructors. Using Greenland paddles and standard kayaks, you will learn basic strokes and come to understand more about the heritage of the sport of kayaking. Instructors will also demonstrate advanced Greenland techniques, including some of the many different types of rolling! Price $58

Location: Goose Spit

Senior's Intro to Kayaking

If you have never tried kayaking (or haven't been out paddling in a while) and are interested in exploring the beautiful Courtenay River Estuary from a whole new vantage point, then this is a great way to start your day! Join us for an early morning course where you will learn about boats & equipment, then get out on the water with a certified instructor to learn paddling skills. Cost $45.

Location: Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes

  • Friday, September 12th 9:00 am (3 hours)   
Canoeing 101

Bring your paddling partner and join us on the water to learn the basics of tandem canoeing. Our experienced instructors will teach you the essential strokes and boat-handling skills to make your canoeing adventures rewarding, safe, and fun! Price per pair with own canoe: $58 Per pair with canoe rental: $68

Basic SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)

We are excited to offer introductory lessons for one of the world's fastest growing sports - Stand Up Paddle Boarding (also known as SUP). SUP borrows some techniques from canoe paddling, and is a dynamic sport that engages your core muscles and balance. Beginner boards are wide & stable, and offer a whole new perspective on our beautiful local aquatic environment. Our instructors are certified Paddle Canada SUP Instructors. We look forward to getting out on the water with you this summer to teach you about skills, equipment and safety! Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes; $40

  • Saturday, September 6th 3:00 pm (2 hours)   
Intermediate and Advanced Courses

Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes' diverse and enthusiastic team of instructors have the experience & training to help you take your paddling skills to the next level.

Advanced Flatwater SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)

Take your stand up paddling to the next level & edging, bracing, pivot turns, and more!  Our Paddle Canada-certified SUP instructors will get you ready to tour in more exciting weather with skill & finesse!

Sea Kayak Skills: Level 1

After completing Intro to Sea Kayaking and logging some hours in the cockpit and on the water, Level 1 can help you take your Sea Kayaking skills to the next level. In this multi-day course we will build intermediate paddling skills, learn more about weather, navigation, tides, & risk assessment, and plan & undertake a day trip (usually departing from Quadra Island). This is an exciting and challenging 2 days on the water!

Paddle Canada Course

Prerequisite: Intro to Kayaking, or equivalent skills & experience

Cost (with own boat): $230

Cost (with boat rental): $260

Sea Kayak Skills: Level 2

The aim of this course is to provide the skills and knowledge for proficient kayaking in moderate conditions and on overnight trips along a moderately exposed shore with frequent, easy landing opportunities. Conducted over 4 days and based out of Discovery Lodge on Quadra Island, this demanding course covers intermediate boat handling skills, rolling, rescues in moving water, paddling in currents (up to 3 kts) and the weather, seastate and tides/currents skills needed for planning and undertaking a multi-day trip.

Please review the full course description on Paddle Canada's website before you register for this course.

Cost: $450.00 (not including one night accommodation at Discovery Lodge or ferry costs)

Dates available by calling 250.334.2628

The Kayak Roll (2-part lesson)

This 2-session course is designed to teach the participant the mechanics of rolling a kayak. At the end of the sessions we hope to have you rolling – and although we can't guarantee your roll, you will leave the course with the knowledge & tools to continue working on this dynamic skill. To create a high-quality learning environment and ensure personal attention to participants, class size will be limited (maximum two students per instructor). Wet suits, boats & nose plugs provided for all sessions. To take this course, participants must have a good controlled wet exit, be comfortable staying in the kayak while it is upside down, and competent paddling skills.

Location: Courtenay Memorial Outdoor Pool

$120 / 2 sessions.

  • Thursday, August 21st 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Tuesday, August 26th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
Paddle Canada Courses

Paddle Canada is a country-wide organization that sets the standard for paddling courses across Canada. Offering curricula and training, Paddle Canada is focused on safe & effective paddling skills. CVKC is proud to offer these courses, delivered by Paddle Canada certified instructors.

Kayak Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

Join us in the pool to learn how to get yourself (and your paddling companions!) back into your kayak after a capsize. Take this course on its own to increase your confidence & control on the water, or take it as the first step toward a Paddle Canada Basic Kayak certification. Cost $58.

Location: Comox Valley Aquatic Centre (Sept - May); Courtenay Memorial Outdoor Pool (June - Aug)

  • Thursday, August 28th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Monday, September 15th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Wednesday, September 24th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Monday, October 6th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
  • Wednesday, October 15th 7:45 pm (1 hour 45 mins)   
Cold Water Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

Join us in the cool water of Goose Spit to learn how to get yourself (and your paddling companions!) back into your kayak after a capsize. Take this course on its own to increase your confidence & control on the water, or take it as the first step toward a Paddle Canada Basic Kayak certification. Cost $50.  Course fee includes wetsuit rental.  Drysuit rental available for $15.

Goose Spit

Basic Kayak: Paddling Skills (Part 2)

Our certified Paddle Canada instructors will take you out onto the water to learn the skills you need to paddle safely & with finesse! Enjoy a full day on the water with us, or mix & match the dates to suit your schedule. You will come away from the course a more confident paddler - including knowledge of boats, equipment, and paddling techniques. Graduates receive Paddle Canada certification, and a free 4-hour kayak rental from Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes so you can practice your skills!

Prerequisite: Kayak Rescues or Cold Water Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

  • Saturday, August 23rd 10:00 am (3 hours)   
  • Saturday, September 27th 10:00 am (3 hours)   
  • Saturday, October 18th 10:00 am (3 hours)   @ Comox Lake
Basic Kayak: Progressive Paddling (Part 3)

Our certified Paddle Canada instructors will take you out onto the water to learn the skills you need to paddle safely & with finesse! Enjoy a full day on the water with us, or mix & match the dates to suit your schedule. You will come away from the course a more confident paddler - including knowledge of boats, equipment, and paddling techniques. Graduates receive Paddle Canada certification, and a free 4-hour kayak rental from Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes so you can practice your skills!

Prerequisite: Kayak Rescues or Cold Water Rescues (Basic Kayak Part 1)

Prerequisite: Basic Kayak Paddling Skills (Part 2)

  • Saturday, August 23rd 2:00 pm (3 hours)   
  • Saturday, September 27th 2:00 pm (3 hours)   @ Comox Lake
  • Saturday, October 18th 2:00 pm (3 hours)   @ Comox Lake
Basic SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)

We are excited to offer introductory lessons for one of the world's fastest growing sports - Stand Up Paddle Boarding (also known as SUP). SUP borrows some techniques from canoe paddling, and is a dynamic sport that engages your core muscles and balance. Beginner boards are wide & stable, and offer a whole new perspective on our beautiful local aquatic environment. Our instructors are certified Paddle Canada SUP Instructors. We look forward to getting out on the water with you this summer to teach you about skills, equipment and safety! Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes; $40

  • Saturday, September 6th 3:00 pm (2 hours)   
Advanced Flatwater SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)

Take your stand up paddling to the next level & edging, bracing, pivot turns, and more!  Our Paddle Canada-certified SUP instructors will get you ready to tour in more exciting weather with skill & finesse!

Sea Kayak Skills: Level 1

After completing Intro to Sea Kayaking and logging some hours in the cockpit and on the water, Level 1 can help you take your Sea Kayaking skills to the next level. In this multi-day course we will build intermediate paddling skills, learn more about weather, navigation, tides, & risk assessment, and plan & undertake a day trip (usually departing from Quadra Island). This is an exciting and challenging 2 days on the water!

Paddle Canada Course

Prerequisite: Intro to Kayaking, or equivalent skills & experience

Cost (with own boat): $230

Cost (with boat rental): $260

Sea Kayak Skills: Level 2

The aim of this course is to provide the skills and knowledge for proficient kayaking in moderate conditions and on overnight trips along a moderately exposed shore with frequent, easy landing opportunities. Conducted over 4 days and based out of Discovery Lodge on Quadra Island, this demanding course covers intermediate boat handling skills, rolling, rescues in moving water, paddling in currents (up to 3 kts) and the weather, seastate and tides/currents skills needed for planning and undertaking a multi-day trip.

Please review the full course description on Paddle Canada's website before you register for this course.

Cost: $450.00 (not including one night accommodation at Discovery Lodge or ferry costs)

Dates available by calling 250.334.2628

Custom Lessons

Contact Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes for information on designing a custom lesson for you or your group.