Dates: April 30-May 4th, 2018
Price: $1499 + gst
Location: Discovery Lodge, Quadra Island, B.C.

Prerequisites
Paddle Canada Basic or Advanced Flatwater SUP skills, or equivalent skills or knowledge

Costs Include the Following:

  • 4 nights accommodation at Discovery Island Lodge
  • Nutritious and delicious meals providing by our talented chef
  • 5 days of dryland and on water ocean instruction and safety training
  • Instructor Ratio: 1:6
  • Paddle Canada Certification: If successful, participants can achieve their Paddle Canada Touring 1 skills.

Price Does Not Include the Following

  • Ocean Specific SUP and Safety Equipment. (Rentals Available)
  • Travel to Quadra Island

Cancellation Policy

Training courses are non refundable within two weeks of the course start date. 100% refundable prior to two weeks of the course start date.

SUP Ocean Touring & Exploration on Quadra Island

Our SOAR Ocean Camp offers an immersive training week for those who want to become competent with their paddleboard in a dynamic ocean environment with the goal of gaining the skills and experience necessary to tour and explore the coastline safely on your own or to help you build experience with the goal of leading others. Our Ocean camp provides immersive SUP training that will introduce participants to ocean safety, self rescue and awareness, decision making, pre trip preparation and route planning.

Our week takes place at the beautiful Discovery Islands Lodge on Quadra Island. The Lodge is adjacent to Surge Narrows Marine Park which is one of the most biologically diverse ocean environments in the Pacific Northwest. Water classification ranges from flatwater to Class 4 whitewater tidal rapids. These dynamic conditions will provide an opportunity for participants to observe and understand the complexities of ocean travel. Throughout the week, there will be workshops on weather and navigation, tides and currents, safety including on water rescues, skill and stroke development. The week is infused with leadership talks, gear demo’s and shared learning and debriefs.

We are all really excited about this new sup ocean experience and we look forward to sharing our expertise and the incredible destination of Quadra Island and area.

This Itinerary may change due to weather and group objectives throughout the week.

Day 1

Morning

Arrival
Meet and Greet/Introductions

Afternoon

Intro to Touring Gear
Evening Paddle with skills intro

Day 2

Morning

Tides and Currents

Decision Making

Afternoon

Exploration of Surge Narrows

Evening

Chart reading
Navigation

Day 3

Morning

Rescues/Scenarios

Afternon

Use of terrain for efficient ocean travel
Paddling in tidal currents

Evening

Weather Forecasting

Day 4

Octopus Island Day Trip
Leadership and Group Dynamics

Day 5

Morning

Sunrise Paddle
Breakfast

Afternoon

Debrief and Feedback
Depart for Ferry

Instructors

Norm Hann is a Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer for surf, touring, river and flatwater. He is a coastal expedition guide and has been leading people from around the world for the last seventeen years in the Great Bear Rainforest on multi day sup expeditions and wildlife tours. He is also a former high school teacher, college instructor and university basketball coach who has been involved with teaching, coaching and instructing for most of his life.

Chad Guenter, of Soul Flow Paddle Co, is a Paddle Canada River Instructor and an Rescue Instructor for industry leader Raven Rescue. Chad has a wealth of river and guiding experience and instructing in dynamic conditions. Chad brings his in depth swift-water rescue teaching experience to this course by providing a safe learning environment and incorporating safety principles and self rescue to the itinerary.

Sarah Glenn: Growing up on the West Coast, Sarah finds great peace and solitude in the forests, rivers and oceans. The Lao Tzu quote, “Silence is a source of great strength” is one she holds close to her heart. Sarah holds a BA in Tourism and Outdoor Recreation and a host of certifications in paddling, guiding and instructing. Since 2005, she has been providing opportunities in nature to youth, adults and families with the organization Power To Be.