Sea kayaking skill-based courses
The Bay of Fundy is a tremendous learning environment — and Seascape utilizes this wonderful outdoor classroom to offer a variety of instructional courses and specialized workshops each season. Our paddling center on Deer Island provides students with a wide variety of ocean conditions, including tidal currents, open water swell, surf and fog. Our first-rate instructors will assist you in developing sea-kayaking proficiencies according to your ability level. Courses are delivered in a safe, supportive learning environment. Many industry groups and associations look to Seascape for professional support and development through wilderness medical training. Contact us to discuss your training needs.
Introduction to Sea Kayaking: (1 day)
This one-day course is geared to participants who are new to sea kayaking or possess limited paddling experience. The program includes navigation, weather, self and group rescues, clothing/equipment selection and care, and wilderness first aid. Theory and on-water experience are combined to form a fast paced, informative, fun-filled program.
Sea Kayaking Safety: (1 day)
This full-day course is designed for participants who have a fair amount of experience, yet want to learn more. Conducted primarily on the water, this course expands on the information presented during the introductory course. The major emphasis is placed on sea kayaking safety issues, including trip planning, navigation, tides and currents, advanced paddle strokes, rescues, towing, signaling devices, and VHF marine radio use. If you are planning an extended trip, this is the course for you.
Coastal Kayaking Guides Course: (6 days)
This challenging course is designed for potential guides, or those who are currently guiding and would like to further develop their skills. During a 6-day trip in the West Isles region of the Bay of Fundy, participants will develop the skills and attitudes necessary to safely lead groups in a wide variety of ocean conditions. The curriculum includes leadership and group dynamics, trip planning and preparation, navigation, tides and currents, equipment selection and maintenance, weather interpretation, food and nutrition, marine ecosystems, safety and emergency procedures, risk management and advanced paddling skills. The course incorporates TASK (Trade Association of Sea Kayaking) guidelines for tour operators.
Seascape’s internship program offers people of all ages a two-week training experience covering paddling skill development and wilderness first aid. Interns are assigned a full-time mentor and are immersed in many aspects of the business. This is an excellent opportunity for potential guides to get their feet wet and for Seascape to see how folks perform on the water in real time.
Wilderness Medical Training Courses
Seascape, in partnership with SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) Wilderness Medical School of Conway, New Hampshire, USA, offers a complete range of wilderness medical training programs. The focus of these courses is the prevention of injuries/illness and how to effectively manage injuries should they occur in a wilderness context. The courses are challenging and emphasize practical, hands-on learning. This training is invaluable for outdoor enthusiasts, guides and others working or traveling in remote locations.
Seascape has taught wilderness medical training courses for the following organizations: Outward Bound, Florida USA; Mar y Aventuras, La Paz, Mexico; Baja Sea Kayaking Association, La Paz, Baja, Mexico; School for Field Studies, Baja Mexico; Costa Rica; Cree Nation of Chisasibi, Chisasibi, Northern Quebec, Canada; Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Training programs in the Bay of Fundy are $200 per day per student. Special programs such as full-day workshops, school groups, corporate adventures and staff expeditions (see Canada page) are priced on a case-by-case basis, depending upon the number of participants and the curriculum developed. Contact us to schedule a course or special program.