Professional private flatwater sea kayak instruction just minutes from Toronto

Come kayak with me at beautiful Musselman Lake Stouffville!

Lessons are customized to your needs

For more information or to book a lesson contact:

Brett Philp - brett@kayakingpro.ca

 Professional private kayak instruction

News Update

(updated November 2021)

Let's go kayaking!! :)

Social distancing and COVID hygiene protocols are being followed.

Double vaccination proof required.

Please bring your own mask.

LESSON DURATION: Our lesson will be 3 hours long.

LOCATION: We'll start at my home where we'll fit you for gear, then we'll head out on Musselman Lake.

BOOKINGS: Just email me (brett@kayakingpro.ca) a date that works for you.

WAIVER: All participants are required to complete a Paddle Canada waiver.

COST (per person): Lessons are limited to 2 people and full payment is required at the time of booking via eTransfer.

$75 - lesson using your own gear (kayak / paddle / PFD)


$100 - lesson with gear provided (kayak / paddle / PFD)

TEACHING SEASON: My season usually runs from June until September.

AVAILABLE DATES: Click here to be added to the interest list for 2022

LESSON PLANS: Here's a taste of what we'll cover in our lessons together. Depending on your current ability and interests I can customize your lesson too.

Here are the 3 steps I use in teaching;

Step 1: Getting to know the equipment, safety and conditions

Understand the kayak parts and how to use the paddle is our focus.

  1. names of kayak and paddle parts

  2. holding the paddle and basic stroke movement

  3. safety gear

  4. effective stroke intro

  5. launching and landing

Step 2: Paddle strokes

We'll introduce the basic strokes to move and position the kayak in different situations.

  1. sweeping & pivoting

  2. forward & backwards

  3. stopping

  4. feathering

  5. draw

Step 3: Rescue techniques

Next we'll cover different methods for recovering from a capsized kayak.

  1. self rescue - paddle float / stirrup / scramble

  2. partnered rescue - t-rescue

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR: I've been kayaking since 1990 and have professional certifications with Paddle Canada. My experiences includes trip guiding, soloing, whitewater as well as teaching special needs students, beginners, and the elderly.


Q: Do you teach kids under 18?

A: I do not teach children under 18 years of age. Kids under 18 yrs of age learn best as part of a larger group - the trick to improving their experience in the group lesson is finding a camp program that offers a better student to teachers/assistants ratio (some classes have far too many kids per instructor causing the kids to be bored).

There are some exceptions of course... typically kids with special needs are better suited to private lessons and it really depends on the specific abilities and needs... if that's your situation let me know more details and I can perhaps give further advice on the best approach to take. :)

Q: What should I wear?

A: A bathing suit for in water session time is highly recommended along with sandals or water shoes that can get wet. You will get wet. I suggest you check the weather forecast the day before our lesson to determine both temperature and wind for the day. Avoid cotton clothing. Check the tips section below for additional guidance on clothing.


  • Assume you'll get wet. That means any electronics or other valuables should stay on shore.

  • Sun glasses with a neck strap (ideally one that floats).

  • Off the water: Bring a full change of clothing for the ride home - we will get wet.

  • On the water: Bathing suit, hat, sandals or water shoes - we will get wet.

  • Water bottle and sun screen

  • Light snack in a zip locked or Tupperware container.


Here's a few references for spots where you can get good deals on gear and services.

Complete Paddler




White Squall

North Water

For the best deals though check your local kijji listing

What are you waiting for? Email me and let's get kayaking!


"It was a great session and one that was enjoyable thanks to your dry wit! I am sure future participants are in for a jolly good time. I will definitely leave a positive review on the site you'd linked as many more need to enjoy our fabulous waters." -- SG

"Thank you so much Brett. We did have a great time. Definitely we will be recommending you to others." --TP