Just wanted to share with you guys that over the weekend I completed Level 1 Paddle Canada certification. It was a gruelling two day course on Lake Ontario that taught us a lot about various things like strokes, edging and a whole host of rescues including buzzare stuff like bow rescue. Completing that particular excersize succesfully was a great anxiety buster.
Also learned a lot about dressing for immersion into 55 degree water and what I personally need to survive that. 3/4 surfing wetsuit with a tight fitting water resistant windbreaker did the trick. At times I didn’t feel like getting out of the water since it was kinda fun
I used my own boat that folks on this forum helped me choose (https://forums.paddling.com/discussion/2936213/sea-kayak-recommendation). Thanks again guys, the help was absolutely tremendous.
Anyway, I highly recommend this course. It sure was a boot camp and passing it was certainly not a given. But it was absolutely 100% worth it.