To maximize learning potential, each participant is provided with a single kayak. Double kayaks are not used during our course. Leadership opportunities are significantly enhanced when paddling a single kayak rather than in the bow of a double.
Our kayaks are strong and seaworthy; they come fully equipped with a paddle and spare paddle, a Canadian Coast Guard approved PFD (lifejacket), a Brooks neoprene sprayskirt, a bilge pump and foot-operated rudder, as well as sealed bulkheads and two hatches. An adjustable, padded backrest provides comfort for touring.
Course participants are provided with the choice of a wide variety of paddles, including; lightweight Aqua-Bound carbon straight-shaft paddles, as well as finely-crafted Bending Branches wood paddles in both straight and bent-shaft. Our paddle selection ranges in length from 210 cm to 240 cm.
The tents provided are expedition-tested shelters constructed by Mountain Safety Research (MSR). Each course participant is provided with a Fusion 2 as their private tent. As an option, friends may request to share one of our larger SuperFusion 3 tents during the course.
Additional equipment provided includes; a chart case, deck compass and laminated tide tables for use during the course, plus a Rite in the Rain notebook for each participant to keep.
Participants bring their own mirrored, declination-adjusting orienteering compass and a laminated navigational chart of the region.
A detailed clothing & equipment list will be provided upon registration. Arriving with appropriate outdoor clothing is essential to each participant's comfort and safety during the course.