@2018 Robert Aylesworth

bobaylesworthoutdoors@gmail.com             WIndsor, Ontario Canada

Although you may wish to arrive about 2 p.m. to get settled, the actual course begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday May 17. The lessons will happen from about 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. We will expect to wrap it up by 4 p.m. on Monday May 22.

Flatwater Kayak Instructor

Girl Guide Camp Adelaide

May 17-22, 2017

Course Location

This is a residential course at Girl Guide Camp Adelaide located at 15371 Hwy 118 Haliburton, ON. Camping will be available on site. Meals will be provided.


There are no paddling prerequisites for this course, but some paddling experience would be a benefit. Participants must be at least 16 years old and fit enough to be able to fully participate in the course. They should be comfortable swimming while wearing a PFD.

Food and Lodging

You will be using your own tent. If you do not have a suitable tent there will likely be opportunities to share, or I can lend you one. There are comfort stations with running water available.

You will need a warm sleeping bag and pad.

Food will be prepared for us and served indoors. We will all help with the clean up. You may wish to bring some snacks for the evening or between lessons. Please do not bring alcohol. Let us know is you have any special dietary requirements.


The course goes on – rain, shine or snow! So bring some warm clothing and rain gear. Layering always works well.

That being said, our largest problems over the years have been heat and sun. We will be out in the open for hours at a time so don’t forget the long sleeved SPF shirts, hats, sun glasses, water bottle and sun screen. If you have small dry bags they can also be handy as day bags


An important part of safe kayaking is knowing how to perform a rescue. There is a fair amount of rescue work in an instructor level course. The water will be cold at this time of year but it will be tolerable. I will do what I can to minimize your exposure time, but it would be good to have more than a swim suit to protect you.

I have a number of wet suits in various sizes that you will be able to use. If you plan to do any kayaking outside of the July to September period you would wise to invest in some neoprene. You don’t want a heavy wet suit such as would be used for diving. Either a “shorty” or “farmer john” style generally works well for kayaking.

Other useful things (if you have them) are nose plugs, swim goggles and swim caps. Any type of neoprene head or hand gear that you might use for cycling or skiing might also help.



The cost is $650.00. There is no H.S.T. This cost includes:

  • Food and Lodging

  • ORCKA Kayak Program Manual

  • One Year of ORCKA Instructor Membership

  • Use of a Kayak and required paddling gear


Reduced fees are available for members of non-profit organizations.