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January 2016
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Patti and I would like to wish you Happy New Year and plenty of great paddling adventures for 2016. From a day paddle around the bay to more extensive kayak-camping trips, get out there, play and be safe.

We had a great turn out at the Go Kayak slide show at Sport Chek / Atmosphere Hillside on January 10th. 59 people showed up and we raised $295.00 towards the Jumpstart program, giving kids a sporting chance. For more information about Jumpstart, visit the Jumpstart website at

With the winter slowly fading out and days getting longer, Go Kayak offers you great opportunities to brush up on your skills or taking them to the next level. Here's what happening!

Happy Paddling!
Patti Stevens & Yves Aquin

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Sea Kayak Surf Course
Tofino - 2 days
From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
$160.00 per person (Price includes taxes)

A great way to improve your kayaking skills and paddling technique, building confidence and enjoying the fun of playing in active water.

- Sat Feb 13 and Sun Feb 14, 2016
- Sat March 12 and Sun March 13, 2016
- Sat April 09 and Sun April 10, 2016

The workshop focuses on

- Safety
- Type of surf;
- How to read the surf;
- Surf etiquette - Sharing the surf zone with other surfers and kayakers;
- Paddling in surf - In and out of the surf zone;
- Safety and communication;
- Landing and Launching in surf;
- Surfing…will depend on surf conditions, type of waves, etc.
- Broaching in surf;
- Rolling in surf.

Rock Gardening Sea Kayak Rock Gardening Course
From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Port Renfrew - 1 day
Cost: $80.00 (Price includes taxes)

This course is designed for sea kayakers who want to learn how to play and explore rock gardens and whitewater features of the ocean.

- Sat January 30, 2016
- Sun January 31, 2016

Paddling Skills – Paddling in dynamic water
- Edging and bracing (high and low)
- Forward & Reverse stroke
- Power paddling
- Turning strokes such as bow & cross bow rudder, stern pry, sweep & reverse sweep as well as draw stroke
- Boat handling
- Rescues

- Signals
- Rating system for rock gardening features
- The decision process for a “GO” or a “NO GO”
- Group and paddler's strategic position for a potential rescue
- Understanding wave patterns in rock features
- Plan of action
- Paddler's state of mind – understanding and assessing the MENTAL aspect of rock gardening.

Sea Kayak Navigation Course
Victoria - 1 day
Sat April 23, 2016

From 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $160.00 (Price includes taxes)

Learn basic navigation techniques. Plan and navigate safely on a day or multi-day trip. Learn how to use a nautical chart with a compass on a kayak journey. We will cover the fundamental aspects of sea kayak navigation.

Paddle Canada
Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2
Victoria - 4 day course
Thur March 17 to Sun March 20, 2016

$570.00 - SPRING SPECIAL $400.00 - Price includes taxes
$50.00 for kayak and safety equipment.

For more information about Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2 course, CLICK HERE
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Go Kayak, Your first steps to kayaking!
1215 Lockley Rd, Vicoria, BC, V9A 4S9
Tel: (250) 477-9881 / Web:
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