Vancouver Island Programs

Cloud 9 Adventures is excited to be offering a variety of kayaking skill development and training programs on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. Whether you are looking for Paddle Canada certification programs, programs focused on paddling in currents, sea kayak surfing or private sessions to prepare you for your paddling goals we have something for you. You can scroll through our programs below and if there is something you would like but don’t see please reach out and we can put together a custom package for you!


Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills

If you are new to kayaking or have never taken any formal training this one day 8-hour course is a great introduction to kayaking.  The primary focus of this program is introducing and developing multiple paddling strokes, introduction to equipment and how it is used, as well as the basic safety and rescue skills to get you started on the water. We have two course dates this spring!


Location: Thetis Lake (Victoria, BC)

Date: June 12, 2022

Cost: $179+tax

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Location: Thetis Lake (Victoria, BC)

Date: July 2, 2022

Cost: 179+tax

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Location: Thetis Lake (Victoria, BC)

Date: September 10, 2022

Cost: $179+tax

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Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills

On this 2-day Paddle Canada program paddlers will work towards efficiently and effectively controlling and turning their boats, as well as a variety of stroke techniques. Participants will be introduced to charts, navigation, weather and decision making appropriate for planning day trips.  We will broaden the paddler’s safety tool box to learn about safety equipment, effective bracing technique, simple towing techniques and getting back in your boat with the help of another paddler as well as by yourself.  If you want to become a more confident and capable paddler, this is the program for you. Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level-1 Skills Certificate available for Successful Participants.

Location: Thetis Lake & Oak Bay (Victoria, BC)

Date: May 7-8, 2022

Cost: $289+tax

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Location: Thetis Lake & Oak Bay (Victoria, BC)

Date: June 18-19, 2022

Cost: $289+tax

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Location: Oak Bay (Victoria, BC)

Date: July 16-17, 2022

Cost: $289+tax

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Location: Oak Bay (Victoria, BC)

Date: September 17-18, 2022

Cost: $289+tax

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Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills

The Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills program is designed to help paddlers build comfort and competence in more exposed waters and allow for improved boat handling and confident rescue and safety skills. With the goal of developing towards self-reliant paddlers, this program will improve upon our navigation skills and decision-making to allow for touring and play in more challenging waters.  We will work to refine existing skills from the Level-1 program and introduce new skills including linking strokes into maneuvers, weather interpretation, paddling in currents and swell and an introduction to rolling.

Location: Discovery Islands (Victoria, BC)

Date: June 23-26, 2022

Cost: $599+tax

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Paddle Canada Level-3 Skills

The focus of this program will be on the application of leadership, decision making and risk management skills allowing team members the opportunity to lead and make decisions based upon weather conditions and the sea state encountered. Competent boat handling and rescue & safety skills in the variety of conditions will also be a focus of the Paddle Canada Level-3 programs.

The program will utilize a flipped classroom strategy to optimize participants learning opportunities.  This approach will give participants coursework, exercises and preparatory work in advance of the course at no additional charge.  Participants can work on and solidify some theoretical components of the program prior to the course which will allow for more time to apply these skills on the ocean environment.

Other topics include expedition travel, trip planning and navigation in tidal waters as well as technical paddling skills in dynamic waters.   Paddlers will continue to develop and refine strokes and maneuvers as well as advanced rescue and towing techniques.  For this program, the team will come together the first two days to paddle different locations within the Victoria area allowing participants to challenge themselves. The program will then move to the Deer Island Group for the remainder of the program for 3 days and 2 nights camping and learning.

Location: Southern Vancouver Island & Deer Group Islands

** We will spend 2 days in the Victoria area as day trips. This will be followed by 3 days and 2 nights in the Deer Group Islands where we will be camping**

Date: June 13-17, 2022

Cost: $799+tax

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PADDLING IN TIDAL CURRENTS

Introduction to Currents

If you are curious about paddling in moving water or interested in taking your paddling to locations where you will encounter tidal currents this is the session for you! This half-day session is a gentle introduction into moving water is designed to build the confidence and knowledge paddlers need to start to paddle in this environment. Paddlers will begin to gain boat control and refine strokes in moving water. After spending some time on learning about predicting current and identifying optimal crossing times in a virtual theory session, participants will also learn to maneuver their kayak in and out of the current, set ferry angles for crossings current, as well as understanding the rescue and safety considerations of paddling in moving water. This small group session is for paddlers looking to navigate and enter into class 2 waters. (Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills or above required)

Location: Tillicum Narrows (Victoria, BC)

Date: March 21, 2022 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Cost: $149+tax

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Location: Tillicum Narrows (Victoria, BC)

Date: May 14, 2022 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Cost: $149+tax

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Tidal Current Play

This program will include a half-day on water session as well as a virtual theory session prior to the on water session. This session is designed to build off participants skills that have already had an introduction to paddling in tidal currents. Paddlers will have an introductory level of understanding of the environment and we will look to progress to further refine our strokes and boat handling in moving water. Paddlers looking to expand their ability and get out to some new playgrounds will benefit from this session. Risk assessment and situation awareness will be a large part of this session. Instructors will share their tips and tricks to manage play in the current and build skills for risk assessment and recoveries. This is great for paddlers wanting to increase their skill set and take on some gently moving water, this session will begin to introduce skills that will lead to building confidence paddling in more dynamic environments. (Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills or above required).

Location: Baynes Channel (Victoria, BC)

Date: June 1, 2022 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Cost: $149+tax

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Location: Baynes Channel (Victoria, BC)

Date: July 10, 2022 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Cost: $149+tax

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Race Rocks Adventure

The intention for the Race Rocks Adventure is to create an opportunity for paddlers that already have had some formal training with paddling in tidal currents. It will also take paddlers out to a beautiful location and put their skills to the test. This full day adventure will have paddlers venturing out to Race Rocks. It is important to take our skills and apply them in larger environments. With so many beautiful tidal current locations in the South Island we are excited to share multiple spots, with Race Rocks being one of our favourites. This ecological reserve will also provide incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing as well as seeing one of the first two lighthouses on the West Coast of Canada (Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills or above required).

Location: Race Rocks Passage

Date: March 11, 2022

Cost: $229+tax


WEST COAST ADVENTURE

This 6-day West Coast Adventure is geared towards the intermediate paddler interested in further refining their comfort and skills in a variety of dynamic environments including surf, tidal currents and rock gardens. This will be a lodge based experience where we will stay in comfortable accommodations to ensure we are rested and ready for full days of learning and play!

Paddling Port Renfrew Area

We will start by exploring some of the amazing tidal current locations found around the beautiful Quadra Island just off Vancouver Island including the well known Surge Narrows which produces standing waves. This venue is sure to provide challenge in a fun and engaging atmosphere! During our stay on Quadra Island we will be staying at the incredible Discovery Island Lodge with warm beds and well outfitted with a spectacular kitchen and sitting area overlooking the ocean and a dockside sauna to rest and relax in the evenings.

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Surge Narrows

The second portion of the adventure will take us to the less visited, but hidden gem on Southwestern Coast of Vancouver Island in the Port Renfrew area. This region boasts some impressive rock gardens and sea caves for us to explore. This portion of the program will afford the group opportunities including safety & rescue in the rock environment, positioning & timing of swell and surge for play and maneuvering, boat control, sea caves, a sunset coast navigation paddle, surf breaks and coastal exploration.

Dates and additional information coming soon…

** If you require kayak and/or kayak related gear please contact us as we have rental options available.


Custom Sessions

We provide half-day private and semi-private on-water skills sessions for people looking to sharpen their skills before going on course this season. These opportunities are customized to the person or small group. We can delivery on a variety of topics and environments including stroke and rescue tune-ups, introduction to rough water paddling, on-water navigation and more! We will be sure to give you that extra help to ensure you are ready for your upcoming program!

Length: 3 hours

Cost :

Private – $250, includes 15 minute pre session check in to customize program to your needs.

Semi Private -$85/person (min 3, max 4). Includes private 15 minute pre session check in with each participant to customize program to your needs.

Prices do not include travel cost if outside CRD/Victoria area.

CONTACT US TO SET ONE OF THESE SESSIONS UP — info@cloud9adventures.ca