Dates: August 21-22, 2021

Location: Comox, BC

Time: 8:30-4:30 – weather and conditions dependent

Paddle Canada Instructor: Neil Gilson

Pre Requisites 

Basic to Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills such as our SUP Pro Skills Course OR equivalent experience.  This is not an introductory paddle course and does require that you have some flatwater paddling experience and comfort on the water.

What’s included:

  • Paddle Canada Touring Instructor
  • Paddle Canada Touring 1 Skills certification upon successful completion


General Course Itinerary 

Day One: We meet at Compass Adventure Shop, course orientation, equipment overview and check, review weather, tides and and chart orientation. Moving to our on water location the rest of the day is focused on the application of decision models, stroke efficiency, safety and self rescue practice and an upwind/downwind tour along exposed coastline. At the end of the day we will review weather and sea conditions for the next day’s adventure, and make a tentative plan as a group. 

Day Two: Activities are focused around our selected tour and may involve a morning and afternoon vehicle shuttle. We build further on Day One skills and knowledge as we carry out our tour with additional focus on managing wind and waves, route selection and adjustments, navigation practice and group management. And we go to see some cool places – usually the Island groups at either end of Denman Island depending on conditions. We expect to be wrapped up and back to our vehicles by late afternoon. 

Rentals: Board, Paddle, leash and PFD rentals are available for $100/2 days.    

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You stand there on the shoreline, waves breaking softly on the beach. In the distance the islands capture your gaze… and your imagination. You long to see them. It’s the call of adventure, the call of the sea. But you’re just not sure. What’s out there? What about the tides and currents? What if the wind comes up or the fog rolls in? How far is it? You have solid paddle skills, you have the desire but you wonder to yourself, can I do it? 

If you want to answer that call with genuine experience and confidence out there, you’ll need a guide to help get you started. And that’s exactly what you get on our 2 day Coastal Expeditions Skills Course – a guide to the knowledge, decision making tools and touring strategies that will allow you to plan and manage your own personal tours over moderately exposed coastal waters and relatively short crossings.

Built around the framework of the Paddle Canada Touring 1 skills course, your workshop will focus on trip planning essentials including interpreting and applying tide and current information to your advantage, reading charts and coastal navigation basics, understanding and using weather and wind forecasts, choosing and packing gear and equipment for day tours, and route planning.

On the water we focus on technical paddling efficiency for touring, how to utilize coastal terrain to your advantage, paddle in wind and waves, and manage crossings. On our first day we put your new skills and knowledge into action on an afternoon upwind/downwind excursion, and then plan for an open water crossing adventure on day 2. Throughout our two days you will gain experience in applying a strong foundation of hazard recognition, use of decision making models, safety and self rescue skills in all aspects of trip planning and management. 

Don’t be left standing on shore! Sign onto one of our Coastal Expedition Workshops and then get out to those mystery islands with the confidence, skills, knowledge and experience that you need for safe fun and successful coastal adventures!

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What to Bring

  • Inflatable or Hard Touring Board appropriate for touring and carrying a day pack.
  • Paddle
  • PFD with whistle
  • Throw Bag
  • Coil Leash
  • Drybag for day trips
  • Compass
  • First Aid Kit
  • Wetsuit/Drysuit for immersion and rescues
  • Neoprene Booties or other paddling shoes
  • Towel
  • Bring a change of warm clothes including a waterproof shell and mid layer.
  • Lunch
  • Water/Tea/Coffee
  • Snacks