Experience canoeing on the ocean. Learn how to manage typical sea conditions such as currents, tides, and weather on coastal waters. After this course you’ll be able to paddle on your own maritime adventures.
This two-part course begins with 12 hours of classroom work that will give you the knowledge to prepare & plan for trips (April 24 to 28). In the second part of the course, you will be applying your knowledge in a two-day group trip on the ocean (May 6th and 7th).
• Managing weather, currents, tides & waves
• Navigation charts, course plotting and compass use
• Loading and trimming a canoe to handle wind and waves
• Safety gear and regulations
• Environmental concerns and Leave No Trace ethics
• Trip planning and leadership
Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Ocean Canoeing course in classroom sessions (dates to be arranged by instructors and students; 12 hrs total) and a two-day ocean trip with an overnight camp.
This course requires the purchasing of a chart and compass. Additional personal camping gear is required for the course trip.
Some canoeing gear can be provided, however you are strongly encouraged to bring your own canoe & equipment so that you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of how it performs for ocean tripping.
The ocean trip is usually paddled in tandem canoes. If you need a paddling partner, every effort will be made to find one for you.
PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 2 or equivalent. You need to be a proficient paddler as this course’s focus is on the tripping skills and not basic paddling taught in other courses. You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.
Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course start date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.
Course-specific details and classroom dates will be sent in advance by the instructor.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - firstname.lastname@example.org