Professional private flat water sea kayak instruction just minutes from Toronto

Come kayak with us at beautiful Musselman's Lake Stouffville!

Lessons are customized to your needs

 Professional private kayak instruction

LESSON DURATION: Our lesson will be 3 hours long.

LOCATION: Musselman's Lake Stouffville Ontario


STEP 1: Book your Date/Time from here

STEP 2: Pay eTransfer of $100 per person to bphilp@gmail.com.

STEP 3: Submit a waiver per person which you can download from this link (you can simply bring it along on the day of your lesson)

STEP 4: Complete a lesson registration form per person at this link

*Lessons are limited to 2 people and full payment is required within 24 hours of placing your booking

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

LESSON PLANS: Here's a taste of what we'll cover in our lessons together. Depending on your current ability and interests we can customize your lessons too. All necessary equipment is provided or you're welcome to bring your own.

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

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

  • names of kayak and paddle parts

  • holding the paddle and basic stroke movement

  • safety gear

  • effective stroke intro

  • launching and landing

Step 2: Paddle strokes

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

  • sweeping & pivoting

  • forward & backwards

  • stopping

  • feathering

  • draw

Step 3: Rescue techniques

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

  • self rescue - paddle float / stirrup / scramble

  • partnered rescue - t-rescue

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Brett has been kayaking since 1990 and has professional certifications with Paddle Canada. His experiences include trip guiding, soloing, whitewater as well as teaching special needs students, beginners, and the elderly.


Q: Do you teach kids under 18?

A: We 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 we 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. We 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, long sleeve quick-dry shirt, hat, sandals or water shoes - we will get wet

  • Beach towel

  • Water bottle and sun screen

  • Light snack in a zip locked or Tupperware container.




What are you waiting for?

For more information please email Brett 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

"We enjoyed today and got a lot out of it, and we both thought you were a pleasure to be on the water with. Well worth the trip : ) " --TD

"Again, we are super happy having taken your lesson...that was probably the best outdoors day I've had. Way better than camp as a kid." --LB

"A big thanks for your lesson I had a wonderful time and can’t wait to kayak. I appreciate that you had a clear plan for the lesson- rather than just providing an opportunity to play with a kayak. And the safety and rescue practice wasn’t something I would have asked to do but was probably the most valuable part of the lesson. I will definitely recommend your lesson" --JT