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Paddling Advanced Kayaking Skills with James & Dympna of OSKC

  • 24 Jun 2023
  • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 7743 Conservation Road RR4, Guelph ON N1H 6J1
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  • Registration opens April 23

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Paddling Title

Advanced Kayaking Skills with James & Dympna of OSKC

NOTE: Please read the Additional Trip Details at the bottom of the page before registering for this event

Type of Trip Lesson
Date June 24, 2023
Registration Opens Trips which use an outfitter - 12 week before trip start date
Registration Opens on this date (at 12:00 am) April 23, 2023
Contact Person Paul Leppik
Email of Contact Person
Trip Address 7743 Conservation Rd, Guelph
Google Map Location of Parking
Body of Water Guelph Lake
Paddling Vessels Permitted Recreational kayaks not permitted
Boat Launch Location
Arrival Time Before Launch

8:15 AM
Launch Time (On the Water Time, Sitting in Cockpit) 9:00 AM
Maximum number of paddlers 12
Boat Rental Available No
Bathroom Facilities Bathroom facilities on location
Trip Safety Requirements, What to Bring PFDs must be worn at all times while in your kayak;
A sprayskirt is required unless otherwise specified as a rec boat paddle;
Transport Canada requirements for equipment is also a HOC trip requirement: 15m of buoyant heaving tow line, sound signal device, bailing device, watertight light for ½ hour before sunset or ½ hour after dawn;
Wet exit practice (formally called wet exit lesson) within the last 12 months in the current kayak that you are using for a trip;
Kayak with sealed fore and aft bulkhead compartments unless specified as a rec boat paddle;
A minimum of one spare paddle per 2 participants
Please note the club does not provide equipment. If rentals are noted above, it is at the expense of the club member. Please read the details.
HOC Trip Rating
(* in those conditions)
Grade C (Intermediate) Confident forward stroke; Confident reverse stroke; Confident turning strokes; Comfortable with performing an assisted rescue as a swimmer and rescuer *; Comfortable self rescue *; Able to tow another paddler *
Wind Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Light to Moderate; 15 kms/hour; Wind noticeably affects movement of the paddler
Waves, Breaking Waves, Swell Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Waves up to 2 feet; Small breaking waves Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop; scattered whitecaps)
Current Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Mild currents; Up to 2-3 kms/hour
Open Crossings Grade C (Intermediate) Up to 3 kms
Landing Type Grade A (Beginner) Easy; gently sloping sandy beach
Landing Frequency Grade C (Intermediate) No more than 5 kms between landings
Total Distance Per Day Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Up to 15 km
(Please read the Trip Rating details.)
HOC Paddling Trip Rating Tool
After Paddle Leisure Time
Go to Restaurant After Paddle No
Trip Cost $180 plus park admission which is the responsibility of the participant
Trip Cancellation Policy Payment in full. No refund unless your spot is filled from a waitlist. If you do have to cancel, a $5 administration fee will be withheld. All cancellations must be made through the Club Manager
Additional Trip Details

Additional Trip Details


Max 12 people taught by James and Dympna. 

Please understand that this class is for people who have their self and assisted rescues dialed in, or can at least get up to speed quickly after a quick review of each. Ideally it would be best if participants ran through a quick review of their rescues the weekend, or week before this session. There will only be eight people in this class so that the students can move quickly through skills that you already know, and move on to more advanced instruction, leadership scenarios, and rolling practice. The entire afternoon will be spent first rescuing and then rolling so please dress accordingly. 

Morning session 


OK, so you've been taught your bow rudder, your hanging draw, edging, sweeping and bracing, but do you know how to incorporate them into your everyday paddling? The advanced skills sessions will start by building on all of your level 2/3 strokes and making sure you understand efficient maneuvering techniques. When, where, why you use them, and how to help them become second nature to you. 


We will be bringing a full set of VHF radios for the class so everyone will have one. We will first make sure you understand which button is for what and how to maintain your VHF radios. We will then go through on-water communication techniques. The group will discuss incidents that sometimes happen on trip and how we can use our radios when leading groups to mitigate incidents. We'll also discuss how to manage incidents that do arise with good communication. 

Tow system deployment review

Just before lunch we will have a quick review of everyone's towing systems to make sure everyone knows how to quickly and safely deploy them. Please bring whatever system you use. 

Afternoon Session 

In the afternoon we will set-up some common scenarios that can happen on sea kayaking trips. With the use of good communications, rescue skills and if needed towing systems we will work on and increase our understanding of when and how to use certain rescue techniques. We'll also review the rescue techniques needed to quickly save ourselves and others. We will then take a quick break to come back to shore and get our kayaks ready for rolling practice. 

To finish off the day we will work together as a group to practice rolling. Perhaps you're new to rolling and would like to learn the basics of how to begin practicing on your own, with a friend, or in a group. Or perhaps you've had your roll a while ago and have lost it, let's get back to basics and muscle memory and work on getting that roll back again. Or perhaps you have a roll but would like to tidy it up, or learn a re-enter and roll, or learn some sculling for support. We will run through as much as we can in an afternoon of rolling and rescue fun.

James and Dympna are experienced kayak instructors and guides and are happy to tailor the day to the wishes of the group.

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