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Sea Kayak with ORS


The aim of the Sea Kayak with ORS program is to allow you to easily access one of the world’s leading sea kayak companies and develop your skills in a progressive manner in order that you can take your paddling to the next level. This half day or full day includes all aspects of skills development and will help you to reflect on your learning in a constructive manner.

You will work with your coach to develop an individual action plan and use goal setting and feedback to achieve your desired level of success.

Successful participants on this course will be more aware of their kayaking ability, have an ability to reflect on their performance and set goals to enable their future development.


“I did the rough water course this past week with ORS. What an absolute pleasure to spend time on the water learning from experts. We had 3 experienced paddlers as learners with collective experience of about 30 years of paddling and all of us took away MULTIPLE tricks, tips and improvements from this course. I am continually blown away by the caliber of the people we have teaching kayaking here in Victoria and by how lucky we are to learn from some of the best in the world. I am looking forward to finding the time to do some of the other courses that ORS offers as I continue to unlearn bad habits picked up over the years and replace them with much more efficient options”.

Four of us did a two-day rough water kayak course with ORS. The first weekend we went out of Oak Bay Marina and I couldn’t believe how much I learned just heading out to Trial Island where we learned how to deal with strong currents, then back along the shore to the Marina. After 6 or 7 hours, we had all learned a lot, even though we’d been paddling for decades. The second day we left from Whiffin Spit in Sooke. There were standing waves, wicked winds, and rolling surf to play and learn in. The whole time was paced expertly, giving us time to practice each skill in the best conditions to learn, before moving onto the next skill. I would highly recommend getting your paddling skills tuned up with ORS!


Our prerequisites are kept to a minimum to allow as many paddlers as possible to benefit.

  • Have performed a wet exit in cold water, not just a swimming pool.
  • Be open to learning different techniques.
  • Have your own equipment (or be prepared to rent from us).
Waiver/Medical Forms

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

Ocean River Sports Waiver (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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