What People Are Saying About Our Courses (2010 Season)
"I enjoyed the course and the opportunity to refresh some skills that I learned maybe 40 years ago. (Our) instructor is a very competent instructor. She makes the session fun, is very clear with instructions and demonstrations, and makes sure everyone gets a chance to demonstrate what they've learned. She is able to meet the needs of students of diverse ages and abilities. She is very safety conscious and is careful to explain safety measures and why they are important. She exudes patience, humour, and passion for the sport. An all around great instructor."
Margaret Sampson - Lake Canoe Intro Tandem"The course was great; I learned what I set out to learn, which was to learn how to do a rescue properly, and to get feedback on my forward stroke."
Emily MacDonald - Sea Kayak Intro to Kayaking
"Just writing some comments about the course I just participated in on Quadra Island. First things first; Albert is amazing! What a fantastic instructor. I had a lot of fun playing in the water, and learning everything. Great lodge, great food, great scenery, and great people. I'd do it again in a heart beat!"
-Jean'a Willis - Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills
"Peter broke the river work up with plenty of highly useful shore talks that were really enlightening to me despite having paddled whitewater for several years... I am confident my paddling will improve greatly with more practice, until I don't have to think so much about each stroke!"
- Karonne Lansal - Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Solo "The instructor was interesting, and had lots of good information about safety, paddling, paddling clothes (pluses and minuses about different types ), boat design, understanding the tide and current chart, awareness of the environment and weather, and the importance of using good judgement."
Emily MacDonald - Sea Kayak Intro to Kayaking "EXCELLENT. I found the course content thorough, very relevant and certainly met my expectations and hopes raised by the course description."
Anne C. - Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills "Glad to see Paddle Canada (is making headway again). It's obvious a great deal of work has gone into modernizing the material and the organization. From my experience on this course I'd say you're definitely on the right track."
Karonne Lansal - Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Solo "Doug (our instructor) was supportive when we were doing the practice rescues, helpful in getting us out in the water, gave good feedback as we practiced different strokes, and was generally a solid instructor."
Emily MacDonald - Sea Kayak Intro to Kayaking "Michael's presentation of the material was delivered with great clarity in a very respectful, relaxed, inclusive and friendly way which encouraged interaction and questions. Thank you Michael and thank you Paddle Canada for a much needed and much appreciated course."
Anne C. - Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills "I really enjoyed the course. But more importantly I feel like I took away from it what I was hoping I would take away. The small student-instructor ratio helped a lot in that not only did we have almost one-on-one instructions, but it also provided us with considerably more practice time while running the rapids. So yea,thumbs up for all three instructors! "
Sven Hafemeister - Moving Water Canoe Skills Intermediate Tandem