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Paddling Programs and Courses

About Frontenac Outfitters Courses & Instructors

We believe that educated paddlers are safer more confident paddlers! Frontenac Outfitters has been successfully introducing people to kayaking for over 30- Years. We offer a wide range of Paddle Canada certified & non-certified Kayak Courses, Clinics & Paddle Days to satisfy paddlers of all ages and experience levels. Our courses are designed to develop the connection between the paddler & kayak to best enable you to get more enjoyment & performance from your kayak. The sheltered, warm waters of our own beautiful Pearkes Lake provide the perfect on-site location to refine your techniques.

Zack Fiddis (owner) is a Paddle Canada certified instructor, and teach all Frontenac Outfitters Courses. With an emphasis on safety he shares his experiences, knowledge, and love for kayaking in a relaxed, enjoyable environment.Kayaking Courses

Our Paddlesports Centre’s massive selection of kayaks, paddling gear, and secluded campsites enhance your experience with us.

Our lifelong passion for paddling has led us around the globe from the rugged Coast of B.C.’s Vancouver Island, to Florida’s everglades and the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys. We’ve experienced the splendor of Australia’s Sydney Harbor, the magnificent waterfalls of New Zealand’s Fjord Land, beyond to Central America’s Belize and both the U.S. & British Virgin Islands.

We are kayakers, let us share our expertise & passion with you!

To see a calendar of our events click here

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Paddle Canada FW Intro to Sea Kayaking: 1-Day ‘Women’s Only’ Certified Course

Women Only Kayaking Course

This Women Only Kayaking Course is Our Most Popular Course with a twist… Sea Kayaking from a ‘Woman’s Perspective, no men allowed… SORRY BOYS!

It’s the same comprehensive 8- hour/full day Flat water Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course as the co-ed version, we simply put emphasis on women’s special paddling needs. You will learn the fundamentals of Sea /Performance Kayaking theories, strokes, rescues and recovery skills and many students return each season to continue improving. Women are extremely well suited to the sport of sea kayaking as paddling skills are more about technique and less about muscle mass, height and upper body strength. Frontenac Outfitters On-Water Kayak Centre provides a beautiful, serene environment for women to develop & refine their techniques in this Women Only Kayaking Course.
Love this course…, your next step is our Sea Kayaking Level 1 – 2 Day Certification Course.

“We look forward to our Women’s Only Weekend with Frontenac Outfitters every summer.”
– The Ottawa Girls

Women’s Only FW Intro to Sea Kayaking Course

Prerequisite: Swim 50- meters with a PDF and have a BIG smile!
Length: 8 Hours
Location: Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre’s Pearkes Lake
Cost: $185.00 + $24.05 (13% HST) = $209.05

Note: Receive a 10% discount for using your own Sea Kayak! Kayak must be preapproved by our instructors prior to the course.

How to Book

Contact Us about customizing a date and program for a Women Only Kayaking Course (Minimum 6- Students per course)


  • Retrieving swamped kayaks
  • Bow rescue, T-Rescue, rafting kayaks to form a stable platform


  • Kayak Types – Sea/Performance Kayaks, Touring Kayaks, Recreational and Whitewater Kayaks
  • Boat Designs – learn to distinguish the compromises between price, performance, quality and safety
  • Parts of a kayak, safety features, what constitutes a safe kayak
  • Boat outfitting, personal fit, control & safety
  • Safety equipment (mandatory & recommended) & how to use
  • Paddling apparel for different weather conditions & temperatures
  • Kayak paddles, the diverse selection, intention & benefits
  • Equipment proper use & care
  • Injury prevention, stretches & warm-ups
  • Available kayaking resources
  • Some of the best kayak choices for you


  • Entering & exiting from shorelines and dock environments
  • Wet exits & re-entries
  • Balance points, initial & secondary stability
  • Low brace
  • Edging
  • Pivot & turning points
  • Straight line paddling, forward & reverse
  • Lifts & carries (solo & tandem)
  • Forward & reverse strokes, forward & reverse sweeps, reverse stroke, draw stroke
  • Low brace

Candidate Evaluations

  • Participation individual & group
  • Kayaking skills
  • Group awareness & self-control
  • General attitude

Successful participants

  • Receive a Paddle Canada Flatwater Certification

We Provide

  • ‘NEW’ Quality Sea or Touring Kayaks
  • Kayak PFD
  • Kayak paddle
  • Paddle Float
  • Pump
  • Whistle
  • Throw Bag

 Cancellation Policy

  • Courses are non-refundable; however, a credit is kept on file in the instance of a cancellation. This credit can be used towards a future course or purchase. 
  • Frontenac Outfitters reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses due to extreme weather or lack of participation

Suggested Stuff to Bring

  • Wide brimmed sun hat
  • Sunglasses (we sell eyeglass holders & floaters)
  • Sunscreen & lip balm (waterproof)
  • Swim shorts, quick dry top and & towel
  • Water shoes are not necessary as you will be getting in &/out at our docks
  • Lots of water hydration & a full lunch
  • A complete change of clothes & under garments
  • An attitude for having FUN!

Note: Our lake warms very quickly so wet &/ dry suits are not normally required. But if you get cold very quickly & have a wet/dry suit by all means bring it. For those who don’t we may have some gear you can borrow.

Places to Stay

  • We offer on-site wooded & waterfront campsites at $25 per night
  • Country style B & B’s are nearby, or endless accommodation in Kingston is 30–40 minutes south. Places to stay

Should you have any questions about the Wome’s Only Flat-Water Intro to Sea Kayaking Course please call 613.376.6220  or email us at frontenacoutfitters@gmail.com

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Additional Information for other paddlers

If you reserved for more than one space, kindly include the following information of your co-paddlers:

  1. Name
  2. Gender
  3. Height (cm)
  4. Weight (kg)
  5. Birth Date
  6. Skill Level (Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced)
  7. Are they renting or bringing their own kayaks? if Yes, what make and model?
  8. List any health or medical condition they have that we need to know about.


In order to secure your spot in the course of your choice payment in advance is required. Payment can be made by calling in your Visa or MC number and expiration date to (613) 376-6220 or print it and bring it with you when you come!

E-mail: frontenacoutfitters@gmail.com
Phone: 1.613.376.6220 (Everywhere)

Places are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Please download, print and send in the following signup and release forms.

Please note: To reserve your spot you can pay for your course using the form below or call us at 613-376-6220 to process your payment over the phone.

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