Jamie V. - Victoria, May 14-15, 2016. Paddle Canada
Sea Kayak Level 1 Skils.
This was a amazing course. I had no idea of what I didn't know until
I knew it. I am shocked that I waited so long to take a course. Yves
was very patient and thorough, ensuring I understood before moving
on to the next step. I have been paddling with friends for years and
finnaly bought my own kayaks and gear. I was surprised to see how
much I could still learn. I am confident in my ability to self
rescue and am now able to assist in a rescue if needed. As well as
learning the skills and getting the resources to plan a safe and
successful day paddle and maybe more.
Delcie M. - Victoria, May 7, 2016. Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills Course. All so
informative and on the water experience was in a safe environment.
Great instruction and so knowledgeable. Very helpful in assisting me
to improve. Highly recommend the course.
Bruce J. - Nanaimo, May 5-6, 2016
Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills Course. The
excellent communication skills and patience hown by the instructor.
Also the material covered in the course. Very complete with no areas
left out or questions left unanswered. I felt that Mr Aquin went
above and beyond in those areas. In general I was extremely
impressed with all aspects of the class and would definitely return
for further classes in the future.
Mike A. - Victoria,Nov 28-29, 2015 sea
kayak surf course:Thank you for a wonderful weekend. I
thoroughly enjoyed myself. Your Class A instruction, thoroughness
and friendly easy going manner helped me gain skills and confidence
quickly. Had you told me Saturday morning I'd be playing in those
big waves we played in Sunday afternoon I'd have thought you nuts.
But your fine instruction made it possible. Thank you.
Edgar H. - Victoria, Nov 14-15, 2015
sea kayak surf course: A BIG thank you to Patti and
yourself for a great weekend on the water.I’m going to recommend the
weekend to some of my friends who are starting to paddle the west
coast waters. This experience is invaluable.
Rick P. - Nanaimo, Jan 25-25, 2015 sea
kayak surf course: Rolling exercise really helped me to get
the feel of rolling in surf, and probably contributed to my success
in executing numerous combat rolls later in the course.
Lynn B. - Victoria, Jan 24-45, 2015
Sea Kayak Surf Course: It was fun! You two are fun! It's
infectious. I got over a bit of fear and definitely feel like I at
least have the theory in my brain. It was nice to know that there
was somebody there to save my butt, too, when I didn't do everything
textbook. I like that everything was presented in a positive way as
well. I'm going to get out there and practice now! Bring on that Big
Old West Coast :-)
Elizabeth P. - Victoria, Jan 17-18,
2015 Sea Kayak Surf Course: Yves and Patti are both very
outgoing and friendly. They made the course a lot of fun in spite of
what could have been very adverse conditions.
Rob W. - Victoria, Jan 17-18, 2015 Sea
Kayak Surf Course: The way Yves and Paddi worked as a team.
Their enthusiasm was wonderful. They were great instructors and
ended up being good friends! I look forward to paddling with them in the
Juliet K. - Saturna Island, Sept 4-5,
2014. Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills: Excellent
instruction, delivered clearly with full explanations,
demonstrations and a sense of humour. Yves understood how to work
with individuals according to their different temperaments and
needs. Through my few years of paddling with various experienced,
knowledgeable kayakers, I'd absorbed a smattering of kayak learning,
but the course as Yves presented it showed me just how much there is
to learn in terms of paddling, travelling, technical and
navigational skills for anyone contemplating even a short trip in a
Randy H. - Victoria, June 2, 2014.
Second Step Course (Pool Session): I really loved the one
on one training both instructors gave.The course exceeded all my
expectations. And I know I came away being a more proficient
Lisa H. - Victoria, June 2, 2014.
Second Step Course (Pool Session): it was absolutely
wonderful. How perfectly each step was explained and how everything
flowed together to make perfect sense. It was great!
Julie B. - Newfoundland, March 21,
2014. Current Course: It was the personal instruction. It
was good to have something tailored to my skill level and interests.
Dan Wong. - Yellowknife, NWT, January
2014. Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2: Professional,
flexible to my schedule, excellent equipment, good value,
instructors were very experienced both in skills and teaching. My
favourite thing about the course were the personalities of Yves, and
Patti. They work well as a pair and both have a genuine passion of
paddling. I found them very inspiring.
André C. - Victoria (BC) September
2013. Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking: The practice
at the lake were really appreciated to help me build my confidence.
I did not feel rushed to complete the tasks and I was able to get
enough confidence to push it further. Yves was fun, very patient and
respectful. He gave me tons of tips to help me learn and was going
out of his way to help me. He is so passionate about kayaking that
he did not hesitate to teach me more moves and technique. Taking my
course with Go kayak was the best decision I made and I will
definately recommend it!
Tanya B. - Vancouver (BC) September
2013: I have to thank you again for the great training,
Yves. Dave says I am a more "aggressive" paddler. I feel stronger
now that I use my core to paddle. As a result, two problem areas
that I've been having, lower back and shoulder weakness, have
resolved themselves from this trip and from the more involved
physical style of paddling.
Tanya B. - Vancouver (BC) June 2013:
Customized course: Oh wow, where to start? I wish I had
taken this course 25 years ago when I was a beginner paddler. That
way, I would have developed good paddling and stroke habits, and
benefited from the additional use of my torso and abdominal muscles
while doing long (up to one month) trips. Yves and Patti are an
excellent team. They know how to teach an experienced paddler,
building on skills that they already have. They use humor and a
supportive teaching style to keep long, physically demanding days
fresh, engaging, challenging and light. They know their stuff and
really know how to walk you through the learning steps. Great
Michael D. - Ladysmith (BC)May 2013:
Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2: Yves' is a gifted
instructor and a great role mode. He is very patient and
encouraging when working through the paddling skills with great tips
for fine tuning. He also makes some kick ass tasty muffins and
scrumptious quinoa combo and is willing to share it!
Sue S. - Victoria (BC) 2013: Rescues &
Rolling: I could hardly believe what I learned in four
short pool sessions! I have been paddling for years but Patti and
Yves helped me improve my paddling, rescue and rolling skills
ENORMOUSLY! Their patience for letting me try things over and over
again was huge. They are both gifted teachers, and they made me feel
confident every step of the way.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted on Facebook - Nov 3, 2012
- Lynn Baier· Heard another glowing review of
your instruction today from Ginny Glover. Kudos!
- Mark Byrne Yes Yves (Go Kayak) .... we met
Ginny on the SISKA paddle today and she loved your one on one
instruction. We know the feeling ;-) Kudos!!!
- Robyn Byrne: She said you even showed her
how to load up her kayak! Now that's going above and beyond!
- Gail Poulton: You guys are awesome
teachers.. you love what you do and it shows so much.. you teach and
share far more than what anybody pays you.. Now if I can stop the
outrigging and get back in my kayak and TAKE some more LESSONS on
the ROLLING thing. I am getting laid off in the middle of Jan. so
will have more time.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adrienne F. - Victoria (BC) 2012:
Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1:The small size of
the class meant we could go slow and this helped ensure confidence
in doing the skills.
David C. - Victoria (BC) 2012: Paddle
Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1: Yves is a great instructor
- very patient and friendly. He obviously knows a great deal and is
willing to share information with students freely. The satisfaction
of being able to wet exit - something I wasn't sure I would ever be
able to do.
Ray R. - Canadian Navy Base, Victoria
(BC) 2012: Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1: Learning
more that what was on the course outline
Caroline B. - Canadian Navy Base,
Victoria (BC) 2012: Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1:
Excellent course! I learned really good technics and even more on
there free time. The Instructor is very devoted to his student!
Thank you a lot.
Gail P. - Victoria (BC) 2011: First
and Second Step: Thank you so very much for a wonderful,
fun and informative lesson last night. We came away feeling so much
better about being safe and prepared to paddle in our kayaks. We
learned so much in such a short time. You are enthusiastic and
patient and made our "learning" experience so much more than just
going for a "lesson". You have taught us so much!! and make it so
fun... Thanks for all your patience with us slow learners.
Richard P. - Nanaimo (BC) 2011: Paddle
Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2: Lots of useful reference
information, tips about boat customization, camping, accessories.
Patient instructor, good explanations. One-on-one was nice
Herb S. - Victoria (BC) 2011: Paddle
Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 2: Can't thank you enough !
You are a great instructor ! Want to paddle with you again ! This
evening was intense for me : but you came through again and again,
in so many ways ! Thank you Yves .
Robin T. - Ladysmith (BC) 2010: Paddle
Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1: Awesome! I spent the past
weekend in training with GoKayak. What a blast, perfect weather,
perfect conditions, ......perfect instructors!
Olivier H. - Vancouver (BC) 2010:
Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1: Very good, The
objectives were clear, so were the instructions. Loved my
Randy D. - Victoria (BC) 2010:
Intorduction to Kayaking: Excellent! If you are looking for
a kayaking experience or training beyond the ordinary, I know that
Yves Aquin will not disappoint you. A very satisfied customer
Liz L. - Victoria (BC) 2010: Paddle
Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1: Very Good Course and the
way that it was tailored to my needs.
James M. - Victoria (BC) 2010: Paddle
Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level 1: Boat maneuverability
techniques! Amazing feeling when in control on edge! Honesty, I only
have good things to say. Your focus on paddling and edging technique
was exactly what I was after. Talented instruction makes learning
much more enjoyable. Anyone getting into sea kayaking should
seriously consider giving these guys a call.