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Gulf Islands Multi-day Instructional Tour

Overview

We are excited to offer this new opportunity in the beautiful Gulf Islands National Park. This comprehensive, 3-day expedition will help to develop the skills you need to paddle in new, dynamic waters and begin the training you need for touring in the Gulf Islands. In Winter Cove Marine Park on beautiful Saturna Island you will meet your instructor and guide who will go over the intended route plan, and begin instruction on kayak navigation, route planning, meteorology, and gear packing for overnight kayaking before lunch. After a filling lunch you will launch from Winter Cove and begin making your way to your camp location on Cabbage Island, one of the most stunning campsites in all the Gulf Islands National Park. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many natural wonders and beautiful marine life that inhabit the park from beautiful sand beaches, rugged cliffs, and marine mammals like sea lions, dolphins, and whales. Along the way your instructor will be honing your paddling technique, helping you to bring your strokes and skills up to the next level. Once you have arrived at Cabbage and camp has been set, prepare for a warm, filling meal made by your instructor and take in the beautiful scenery of the area. In the evening bring your thinking cap and a notebook as your guide teaches you the many tips in campcraft, weather forecasting and current and tide prediction they have learned from their years of experience as a kayak guide and instructor. Finally wrap yourself up in a cozy sleeping bag and go to sleep knowing you still have 2 more days to go and much to learn on this exciting adventure, which will transform you into a more skilled and confident overnight paddler.

 

Prerequisites: Paddle Canada Level 1 skills certification. For those interested on taking their level 2

Waivers/Medical Forms

Please review the following forms prior to your program. Please sign/initial the forms in the presence of your instructor/guide, who will act as your witness.

Ocean River Sports Waiver (PDF)

Ocean River Medical Form (PDF)

About Ocean River

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier speciality kayak and adventure companies in North America. Brian Henry, the founder & current owner, has been running Ocean River since 1981, and Ocean River continues to be recognised as one of the most significant outdoor/paddlesports instructional & tours provider in North America.

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