Guide Training Course

Join East Coast Outfitters in a training program that will leave you with skills you will remember forever. We require no previous experience- we will teach you everything you need to know. We only require that you are a self-identified leader and that you are willing to challenge yourself. This is a comprehensive course that spans fall, winter, and spring. Topics include:

  • paddling skills

  • kayak and equipment design

  • self and assisted rescues

  • tidal theory

  • understanding wind, waves, & weather

  • sea kayak navigation

  • night navigation

  • journeying and seamanship

  • coastal ecology

  • Group Dynamics

  • Leave No Trace ethics

  • risk & crisis management

  • outdoor leadership

  • shadowing guided tours 

Successful participants are eligible for national certification through Paddle Canada (Sea Kayak Skills Level 2) and employment at East Coast Outfitters. Sessions occur on weekends and take place in the classroom, pool, and the ocean. 


Contact us to learn more about this year’s program.

Cost:$1600 plus tax (Payment Plans Available). It is a one-time payment with benefits in perpetuity 

Dates:  Two Sessions. The first begins the first week in October and runs periodically throughout until June. The Second session starts in May and ends in October.

If these start times do not fit your schedule we can work out a personalized schedule where you can start at any time. 

Includes: Kayak and all necessary paddling gear, instruction, course materials, pool sessions (if needed), Classroom sessions, night navigation sessions, open water rescues sessions, shadowing, and assisting with guided tours

Does not include Paddle Canada or provincial membership certification fee. For the Paddle Canada program details, click here.