Rescue skills are part of a series of kayaking courses being offered through the city this month.

Before you get into kayaking, learn how to get out of one

The Campbell River area is renowned for great kayaking for beginner to expert level paddlers

Want to get into kayaking, maybe you should learn to get out of one first.

Sign up now for courses to build your confidence on the water.

With a wonderful variety of ocean, estuary and lakes on our doorstep, the Campbell River area is renowned for great kayaking for beginner to expert level paddlers.

A rescue skills course should be first on the list. Learn how to get out of an overturned kayak – and get back in, with or without assistance. Next, take the time to learn about paddling skills, clothing, gear, weather, navigation and safety.

By taking all three courses (1K1, 1K2, 1K3) through the City’s Parks & Recreation department, you can earn your Paddle Canada Introduction to Sea Kayaking certificate. This certificate proves that you have the basic skills to handle a kayak, and may be required to rent one.

The city is partnering with Kayak Unlimited to offer all three basic courses this spring.

The first rescue session takes place at Strathcona Gardens on Thursday, April 18 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The next courses take place at McIvor Lake on Sunday, April 21 (1K2 in the morning and 1K3 in the afternoon). Each course costs $60. Participants must preregister. Call 250-923-7911.