David Dreves Kayaking
West Beach Paddle
White Rock, BC
West Beach Paddle, also known as David Dreves Kayaking is a paddle instruction company with over 18 years paddling and teaching in White Rock and Surrey, central in the Greater Vancouver area.
Paddle Canada is a non-profit organization representing recreational paddlers across Canada. Among their objectives is
the development of standard skill sets and promotion of safe and enjoyable paddling.
Basic Sea Kayaking Course (8 hours) - Lessons introduce the participant to the kayak and related safety equipment, clothing
appropriate for different conditions as well as Department of Transport regulations as they relate to kayaking. Basic
paddle strokes are taught, along with low bracing and assisted recoveries (rescues).
Level 1 Sea Kayaking Course (2 days) - Lessons build on the Introduction to Kayaking course, working to perfect the basic paddle
strokes in calm water with more attention focused on proper body positioning; edging, leaning and torso rotation.
A variety of recovery methods are taught including assisted and solo recoveries (rescues). Theory instruction
covers the use of tide/current tables, weather forecasts, and basic chart reading to plan a safe day long paddle in sheltered
Level 2 Sea Kayaking Course (4-5 days) - This touring course takes the the skills perfected in the Level 1 Sea Kayaking course, adds
a few new strokes and moves them into more "dynamic" waters (wind: less than 20 knots; waves: less than 1
m; current: less than 3 knots). The lessons involves at least 1 overnight where participants will share
in the trip planning, navigation, camping and decision making responsibilities.
Level 3 Sea Kayaking Course (5 days) - This multi-day touring course will build on the skills from the Level 2 kayaking course
to a higher proficiency with a strong focus on practical leadership, risk assessment, decision-making, judgment, group management,