From Beginner Paddling Courses to Intermediate and Advanced Level Qualifications

Ocean River’s kayaking and paddleboarding school has been rated the best school in Western Canada. Whether you are a beginner looking to try kayaking or paddle boarding for the first time, or are looking for a course to further your skill development, we have a course to fit your needs.

  • Kayak Rolling

    A 2.5 hour course. Our instructors will teach and lead you through the incremental steps of rolling. Learn how to ‘spot’ your practice partner and sucessfully navigate a rollover capsize.

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  • Capsizes & Re-Entries

    A 2.5 hour course. Our qualified instructors will gradually and comfortably go through the steps of a safe capsize. You will learn safety issues, rescue gear, and how to rescue yourself or a partner after capsizing.

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  • Personalized Sea Kayak Skills

    These full day personalized programs are tailored to you and your needs, taking you from your current level of ability and building on what you already know and do.

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Paddle Canada sets national standards for instruction and certification for recreational paddling: canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard. Every year, over 2500 Paddle Canada certified instructors deliver sanctioned courses to more than 15,000 paddlers across Canada. Paddle Canada certifications are nationally accredited and internationally recognized.

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Paddle Canada - Basic Kayak Skills

1 Day Course - Victoria
No Prerequisites. Ages +16.

This inspiring course will introduce you to the skills and knowledge you need to safely start kayaking. It is suitable for new paddlers on their path through a nationally accredited curriculum; or for paddlers who already have some experience, but are looking for some formal instruction.

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Paddle Canada - Sea Kayaking Level 1 Skills

2 Day Course - Victoria
Prerequisites: Certification in Basic Kayak Skills or equivalent skills.
Ages +16

This comprehensive, enjoyable, two-day course teaches you everything you need to know to confidently embark on day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters. During this course, you’ll further develop your kayaking strokes and rescue skills, and you’ll add important new skills to your repertoire, including turning on edge, towing, and self-rescue technique.

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Paddle Canada - Sea Kayaking Level 1 Skills - Desolation Sound

3 Day Course - Desolation Sound
Prerequisites: Certification in Basic Kayak Skills or equivalent skills.
Ages +16

This 3-day instructional kayak tour, departing from Desolation Sound Resort in Okeover Inlet, is ideal for aspiring kayakers wanting to develop their paddling and camping skills. Desolation Sound’s waters will allow you to effortlessly paddle past rocky islands and through narrow passages.

We’ll be setting up our base-camp for two nights on a scenic location, Hare Point or Feather Cove. The second day we’ll ‘travel light’ into the ‘heart of Desolation Sound’ and we’ll be surrounded by the immense natural beauty, BC’s largest provincial marine park has to offer.

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Paddle Canada - Sea Kayaking Level 2 Skills

4 Day Course - Victoria
Prerequisites : Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level-1 Skills Certification or equivalent.
Ages +16.

In this four-day course, you will learn how to handle more challenging sea conditions with comfort and confidence. You will learn intermediate-level paddling techniques, rescue skills, and towing techniques for use in areas with ocean currents and moderate sea conditions. To quickly recover from a capsize, you will learn how to roll a kayak! A comprehensive navigation component will be included so you can get out there and explore. This course teaches you the necessary components forPaddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level-2 Skills Certification.

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Desolation Sound Camping Multi-Day Level 2 Kayak Skills - July 19-23

4 Day Course - Desolation Sound

A 5 day / 4 night instructional kayak tour that departs from Lund.
Prerequisites: Certification in Level 1 Kayak Skills or equivalent skills.

This 5-day instructional kayak tour, departing from Desolation Sound Resort in Okeover Inlet, is ideal for aspiring kayakers wanting to develop their paddling and camping skills. Desolation Sound’s waters will allow you to effortlessly paddle past rocky islands and through narrow passages.

We’ll settle down in the heart of Desolation Sound where we can explore in multiple directions. From here we can get a feel for the different areas in Desolation Sound. Such as sheltered Tenados Bay, with the option for a short hike and refreshing swim in Unwin Lake or paddle through a maze of islands and narrow passages in Prideaux Haven. Everlasting memories will be carved into your memory during this tour.

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Paddle Canada - Sea Kayaking Level 3 Skills

5 Day Course - Victoria
Prerequisites : Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level-2 Skills Certification or equivalent.
Ages +16.

On this five day adventure course you will learn extensive knowledge and skills to confidently sea kayak in class-3 conditions along exposed coastline with infrequent landing opportunities. You will be able to apply principles of effective leadership, risk assessment, decision-making, judgment, group management, and kayak handling while traveling on a multi-day expedition and rough water, currents and surf as part of a group of peers.

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