Sea Kayaking Level 3 Skills (Paddle Canada)


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. This program will be led by long distance expedition paddler Jordie Allen-Newman – Jordie’s compassion,  committment to excellence and first class teaching comes alive in the outdoor classroom and in nature.

May 6-10
Day 1
Meet at Tillicum in Victoria at 8:30 (current skills, rescues and classroom work) – travel and set up camp in Port Renfrew – Patcheedaht Camp Ground
Day 2
Paddling Skills in the Gordon Estuary/Rock Gardening area/Classroom –  all at Patcheedaht.
Day 3
Paddling Skills at the Estuary, Surf and Classroom sessions – transition to Jordan River and paddle to China Beach
Day 4
Classroom and on water sessions
Day 5
Classroom and on water sessions
– paddle to Jordan River –
evaluations and feedback
October 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 Sports Waiver (PDF)

Ocean River Medical Form (PDF)

Paddle Canada Waiver (age 19 and over) (PDF)

Paddle Canada Waiver (under the age of 19) (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.

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