Date: May 31- June 2, 2024

Price: $795 + tax

Instructors: Neil Gilson

Location: Cowichan River, Vancouver Island


Paddle Canada Basic or Advanced Flatwater SUP skills, or equivalent flatwater skills.

Whats Included:

  • Paddle Canada River 1 Skills Certification

What’s Not Included:

  • River specific sup equipment
  • Travel to and from Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island
  • Accommodations
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

Full payment is due to secure your spot on the course. A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least 30 days prior to the trip start date. Cancellation less than 30 days prior to the first day of the trip will result in the loss of the full course fee. Registrations may be transferred to another person for the same course. Norm Hann Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient registrations or unsafe conditions. If Norm Hann Expeditions cancels a course you will receive a full refund or may choose to transfer your payment to a future course. 


Learn to Run a River Safely on our Three Day Skills Course.

Our River Skills course is aimed at introducing you to fundamental river paddling skills, safety, awareness, and practical experience while exploring the emerald green rivers of Vancouver Island.

Enjoy three full days as you build your confidence in moving water as we strengthen your footwork, build efficient forward strokes and focus on eddy turns, ferries, and river running techniques. Developing your understanding of how to “read” moving water and use the features of the river environment to get you safely and efficiently to where you want to be opens up a whole new world of SUP exploration for you. A strong focus on hazard assessment, self-rescue skills and decision making teaches you how to stay safe and enables your confidence. Connecting with the river environment can be a powerful personal experience that deepens your understanding and appreciation of our amazing natural environment. And learning to ‘play’ with river features like standing waves and river surf is just plain fun!

Required River SUP Equipment 

  • River inflatable paddleboard, adjustable & durable paddle, quick release leash, helmut
  • Safety/River Rescue PFD TYPE III or V or Jacket PFD with rescue belt.
  • Throwbag
  • Drysuit or wetsuit.
  • River appropriate shoes.
  • lunch, water, snacks
  • phone and waterproof case