Price: $1350 + gst

Dates: April 5 -9th, 2022

Level: River 1 & 2 Instructor or River 1 & 2 Skills if you are not going for your instructor level.

Instructors: Norm Hann, Neil Gilson, Chad Guenter

Location: Cowichan River, Vancouver Island


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Current Paddle Canada membership and provincial or territorial
  • Paddle Canada River 1 and River 2 Skills Course & Flatwater Instructor if you are going for your River 1 or 2 Instructor or Advanced Flatwater Skills and experience if your goal is River 1 and or River 2 Skills certification.
  • Current 14-16 hour First Aid Course
  • Swiftwater Rescue 1 Course if your goal is River 1 or 2 Instructor (this can also be obtained later in the season if you do not have it prior to the course)

Costs Include the Following:

  • 3 Paddle Canada Instructor Trainers for eight clients.
  • Paddle Canada Certification: If successful, participants can achieve their Paddle Canada River 1 or 2 Instructor or River 1 and 2 Skills

Price Does Not Include the Following

  • Accommodations
  • Travel to and from Vancouver Island
  • Food
  • River Board and Drysuit rentals. NHE will not have river sup/drysuit rentals available for this course so make sure you have what you need before arriving.

What to Bring 

  • Inflatable river specific paddleboard.
  • Adjustable paddle ( no carbon)
  • Safety/River Rescue PFD TYPE III or V or Jacket PFD with rescue belt.
  • Helmut
  • Throwbag
  • Drysuit or wetsuit (drysuit rentals available)
  • River appropriate shoes. (NRS, Astral, MEC)
  • lunch, water, snacks
  • phone and waterproof case
  • pen and notepad
  • Dry bag for day trips
  • River Rescue safety equipment.


Read about our cancellation policy here. Please email if you need to cancel at any time.

Space is limited in training courses and your spot is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.


A Five Day River Training Camp on Vancouver Island.

The goal for our SOAR  River Camp is to provide an immersive river sup training week for those looking to become River 1 or 2 Instructors with goals of instructing or leading others on river tours. This week is also designed if you are looking to build your river paddling experience with the end goal of getting your River 1 and 2 Skills under Paddle Canada.  Our camp is hosted by industry leading instructors and coaches with a focus on safety, building technical river paddling skills, and increasing self and group leadership skills while gaining valuable paddling experience under the instruction and coaching of the team. This is a Paddle Canada certified SUP River 1 & 2 Instructor course and River 1 and 2 Skills Course.

In greater detail our course includes self and group river rescue and safety skills, decision making, and river hazard analysis in moving water. From there we transition to building technical river sup skills as we work on ferries, eddy turns, surfing and those skills required to control yourself while river running.

This years course is based on the Cowichan River, a beautiful river on central Vancouver Island and a perfect class 2/3 river to learn on. Our team is excited to work with you to accomplish your goals during our week of living the river life!