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Kayaking lessons

Please note a wetsuit (or drysuit) is mandatory for all kayak lessons, all season long. If you do not have one, you can purchase one from the Club here.
We also recommend that you wear adequate footwear (neoprene booties are great) that you don't mind getting soaked. This not only keeps your feet warm, but it also makes it more comfortable to walk to/from the water and minimizes risks of injury from stepping on sharp objects (including broken shells and shore rocks). Gloves can also help.

Beginner Lessons ($60)

Prerequisites: Ability to swim a short distance

This introduction to kayaking is meant for first timers or inexperienced paddlers. No previous experience is required! The lessons consist of dry land instruction prior to the on-water component and will teach you how to kayak safely, have lots of fun on the water and gain a better understanding of kayaking as a sport. 


  • Introduction to the club facilities
  • Boat design and boat outfitting
  • Safety equipment, gear selection and clothing
  • Equipment care and maintenance

Paddling skills

  • Transporting the kayak
  • Entering and exiting your kayak from beach/docks
  • Rudder usage
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes
  • Draw stroke

Rescue and safety skills

  • Low brace
  • Wet exit (yes you will be getting wet)
  • Assisted rescue
  • Self rescue
  • Rafting

Paddlers will gain experience in both single and double kayaks depending on group size. This pretty much covers the basic paddling of Paddle Canada Basic Kayak, even if no proper certification is delivered.

Intermediate Lessons ($60)

Prerequisites: At least 1 season of kayaking after the beginner course or a significant amount of time paddling after the beginner course (around 20 hours) 

If you would like to improve your technique or learn specific skills, we can set up some more advanced courses. Just motivate other members to form a group so we can organize it! It is for instance possible to go in a pool, or in front of Jericho during the summer to practice the Eskimo roll on the plastic kayaks.


  • Navigation, tides/currents, weather, sea state, signalling/communication for paddler
  • Multi-day trip planning

Paddling skills

    • Efficient and effective strokes (forward, turning, bow/stern rudders, stopping, sideward displacement, low & high braces)
    • Boat edging and dynamic stroke combinations

    Rescue and safety skills

    • Self-rescue techniques (intro to rolling, paddle float, stern climb)
    • Assisted rescue techniques (heel hook/T, bow presentation, scoop, stirrup, all-in, hand of God, etc)
    • Towing skills (contact, tow-line)

    Rolling Lessons ($50)


    • Ability to swim and rig your kayak efficiently
    • Confidence to perform wet exits, solo and assisted-rescues
    • Intermediate paddling skills is desirable, but not mandatory

    Rolling is the best way to recover from a capsize. Success is based mainly on proper technique and not on strength, meaning that all paddlers can benefit from some carefully personalized instruction. It will likely require you to practice a lot after the class, and finding a suitable partner to do this with is a must!

    During the 5 hours (2 sessions of 2.5h each, in the evening) of total instruction we will work primarily on two aspects:

    • get you comfortable under water, and
    • go through all of the steps necessary to execute a roll.

    It is also recommended that you wear additional layers under and over your wetsuit, and you’re welcome to bring ear plug if you need them.

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    Sailing - Windsurfing - Kayaking - Paddle boarding

    Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver BC V6R 4K5
    Like most of Vancouver, the Jericho Sailing Centre is located on unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the Coast Salish Peoples,
    including the territories of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) - What does that mean?

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