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Wilderness Camping & Introduction to Lake Skills

2 Amazing Certifications in Just 6 Days

The Wilderness Camping Certification is an intermediate camping program aimed at those who already have some front-country camping and paddling experience but would like to learn the competencies necessary for wilderness travel as well as an interest in developing basic leadership and risk management skills.

Paddle Canada recently partitioned Wilderness Camping skills from it’s paddling programs so that it could be a stand alone course or be paired with any one of their paddling disciplines (canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding)

At Leaders of the Day we choose to bundle the Wilderness Camping program with the Introduction to Lake Skills certification as part of an expedition-based training experience which unfolds over 6 days in beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park in August each year. The program explores a number of core competencies which help orient novice travelers to the art of living and journeying in the back-country by canoe.

Lesson topics include items such as: paddling technique, camp set-up and selection, safe travel practices while in the back-country, wilderness cooking and baking on both fires and stoves, emergency communications, risk management and route planning, basic navigation, flat-water rescue principles, learning how to safely co-exist with wildlife and the basics of wild edibles.   We also mentor our participants in traditional fire skills, host a wilderness gear review and pass along best practices related to low impact adventures.  It is an amazing roll out of skills and workshops that you will find nowhere else!

This program will give you a quantum leap as it relates to your skills, knowledge and confidence in the back-country. We have some of the most skilled and patient Instructors in the Industry. Let them show you some of the amazing things that they know how to do!

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Upon completion of the program students who can properly demonstrate the highlighted skills will be awarded their Paddle Canada Wilderness Camping Certification. This is an all-inclusive program led by skilled Senior Instructors from our faculty of specialists.  Each student will have opportunities for 1 to 1 assessment of skills and expert mentorship. Complete beginners are welcome.

We provide professional instruction and skills mentorship; delicious meals and snacks, high quality group equipment, (including tents, stoves, sleeping bags, tarps, canoes, paddles canoe packs, P.F.D.’s, professional series First Aid Kits, Satellite phones, etc..).

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Introduction to Lake Skills:   This Nationally recognized Paddle Canada certification is aimed at the graceful and precision skills of paddling a canoe through the wilderness. The course focuses on all the major strokes in careful detail to build confidence with paddling in a variety of wind and weather conditions. The program will enable participants to become competent paddlers both in the bow and stern positions of the canoe and to be able to execute the strokes with both their dominant and non-dominant hands.

The course will also explore flat-water rescue techniques, initiating turns, paddling in cadence and of course the all important art of portaging. For those individuals who already have some of these basics mastered, our Instructor will assist in taking your skills from wherever they might be and helping you to deepen them further.

We will provide you with a suggested equipment list prior to the departure of your program so you know exactly what to bring to best enjoy your training experience with us. Don’t miss out on this incredible program!


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