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.
Example itinerary from 2022 courseMay 16-20Day 1Meet at Tillicum in Victoria at 8:30 (current skills, rescues and classroom work) – travel and set up camp in Port Renfrew – Patcheedaht Camp GroundDay 2Paddling Skills in the Gordon Estuary/Rock Gardening area/Classroom – all at Patcheedaht.Day 3Paddling Skills at the Estuary, Surf and Classroom sessions – transition to Jordan River and paddle to China BeachDay 4Classroom and on water sessionsDay 5Classroom and on water sessions– paddle to Jordan River –evaluations and feedbackOctober 6-10 Itinerary to come.
- Waiver - 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 Medical Form (PDF)
Please read the equipment list below carefully, as it indicates what Ocean River Sport will provide you on this overnight program in moderate sea conditions. A link to the comprehensive equipment list follows; please refer to it for a list of all items we recommend to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Ocean River Sports stocks many of the items listed. If you need advice please read our Kayak Camping Gear List entry in the Compass Blog.
For this program, Ocean River Sports provides:
Safety Gear – First aid equipment; Signalling flares; Large, group tarp; Towline; Helmets; Wetsuit; Paddling jacket.
*If you like, you may wish to provide your own wetsuit and paddling jacket or drysuit. If you are providing your own, please ensure that it is comfortable for paddling for extended periods and will keep you warm during immersion.
Navigation Equipment: Shared charts of the paddling areas.; Chart 1: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms; Tide and Current Tables Volume 5: Juan de Fuca Strait & Strait of Georgia: Orienteering compass; Large chart case.