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Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Courses

Courses in Cowichan Bay

Take a course in sea kayaking to build your skills. There is more to kayaking than just sitting in the boat and paddling around. Paddle Canada has a progression of courses to meet your objectives for paddling. We can offer up to PC Level 2 Skills, which prepares you for making your own overnight kayaking tours. We also offer a number of more focused skills clinics. To see those, go to Kayaking Clinics.

  • PC Basic Kayak Skills Course
    Paddle Canada
    Basic Kayak Skills
    1 Day Course

    Price: $180 per person
    plus tax

    Basic Kayaking Skills
    Course Details

    This 8 to 9 hour Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the basics of kayaking. We go over the equipment, how to prepare it, how to maintain it, and what is required by law. After the beginning introduction, we learn to launch, then get onto the water to learn and practice some skills in the kayak. Many kayak rental companies are now requiring renters to have had a basic introduction to kayaing.
    The course should give you the confidence and skills to paddle in shallow, calm, flat water in a protected area. If you want to get the skills to be able to go out on a farther journey for a day trip, join our Level 1 Kayaking Skills course. It is also a Paddle Canada certification course.

    Typical course itinerary. (Because we are travelling in a natural environment, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a course actually runs.) Read the COURSE DETAILS.

    ⚀ This course usually begins in Cowichan Bay, at the Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre, 1769 Cowichan Bay Road, in Cowichan Bay at 8:00 am. We begin with on land instruction with gear and basics.
    ⚁ We move into the water late morning for some practical skills instruction.
    ⚂ We usually break for lunch about 12:00, then return to the course by about 12:45.
    ⚃ In the afternoon, we continue with some practical skills, and end with the in-water (not ON, but IN) activities. We finish up about 5:30 pm.

    What’s Included--Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:
    Professional instructors
    A preparation guide
    Kayaks and gear, including dry suit

    We can’t provide everything. You will have to provide:
    Food
    Your transportation to the departure location
    Accommodation before or after the course

  • PC Level 1 Kayak Skills Course
    Paddle Canada
    Level 1 Kayak Skills
    2 Day Course

    Price: $280 per person
    plus tax

    Level 1 Kayaking Skills
    Course Details

    This 12 hour minimum Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the kayaking skills you will need for day trips in protected waters. We go over the equipment, how to prepare it, how to maintain it, and what is required by law. After the beginning introduction, we learn to launch, then get onto the water to learn and practice some skills in the kayak. We do rescues and learn paddling skills to give you more confidence on the water.
    The course should give you the confidence and skills to paddle in calm, flat water up to light chop in a protected area, on extended trips for a day. If you want to get the skills to be able to go out on overnight trips, join our Level 2 Kayaking Skills course. This is a Paddle Canada certification course.

    Typical course itinerary. (Because we are travelling in a natural environment, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a course actually runs.) Read the COURSE DETAILS.

    ⚀ This course usually begins in Cowichan Bay, at the Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre, 1769 Cowichan Bay Road, in Cowichan Bay at 8:00 am OR it begins in Maple Bay, at the public boat launch at 9:00 am. Day 2 could be at a different location, depending on weather and sea state. We begin with on-land instruction with gear and basics.
    ⚁ We move into the water late morning for some practical skills instruction.
    ⚂ We usually break for lunch about 12:30, then return to the course by about 1:15.
    ⚃ In the afternoon, we continue with some practical skills, and end with the in-water (not ON, but IN) activities. We finish up about 4:00 pm.
    Day 2 follows a similar itinerary, but we try to be finished by 3:00 pm.

    What’s Included--Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:
    Professional instructors
    A preparation guide
    Kayaks and gear, including dry suit

    We can’t provide everything. You will have to provide:
    Food
    Your transportation to the departure location
    Accommodation before or after the course (some camping available at Coastal Bliss Base)

  • PC Level 2 Kayak Skills Course
    PC Level 2 Kayak Skills
    5 Day Course

    Price: $799 per person
    plus tax

    Level 2 Kayaking Skills
    Course Details

    This 5 day (4 day minimum) Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the kayaking skills you will need for day trips in protected waters. Building on the skills developed in Level-1, Level-2 provides you with the intermediate skills you need to go sea kayaking in class-2 conditions along semi-exposed shoreline with an overnight camp. Leadership, incident management, open-water rescue, self-care and navigation are core parts of the curriculum. Upon completion of the course, you should be able to confidently sea kayak in class-2 conditions along moderately exposed shoreline in the company of one or more paddlers with similar skills and knowledge. We go over more advanced skills to do with weather and navigation. After the beginning introduction, we learn to launch, then get onto the water to learn and practice skills in the kayak. We do rescues and learn paddling skills to give you more confidence on the water.

    Typical course itinerary. (Because we are travelling in a natural environment, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a course actually runs.) Read the COURSE DETAILS.

    ⚀ This course usually begins in Cowichan Bay, at the Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre, 1769 Cowichan Bay Road, in Cowichan Bay at 8:00 am. OR it begins in Maple Bay, at the public boat launch at 9:00 am. Day 2-4 could be at a different location, depending on weather and sea state. We begin with on-land instruction with gear and basics, on water later in the morning and afternoon, usually ending for the day between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.
    ⚁ Day 2 is a mix of on land and on water instruction, but on a day trip, finishing around 4:00 pm.
    ⚂ Day 3 is similar to day 2. There is a significant day trip component, but ending a little earlier to prepare for the overnignt trip. We finish between 3:00 and 3:30 to prepare for the next day.
    ⚃ Day 4 begins the two-day, overnight trip component. After having created the float plan, we arrive at our put-in location to begin the trip. We finish up for the day when we arrive at camp, then spend some time with campcraft.
    ⚄ Day 5 is the journey back to the put in, the debrief, and final thoughts. Expect to finish the day around 5:00 pm.

    What’s Included--Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:
    Professional instructors
    A substantial preparation guide
    Kayaks, gear, and dry suit (25% discount if you provide your own)
    All food and group gear (camp cooking is part of the course, so you will be helping at times)
    All camping fees (camping at Coastal Bliss Base on non-expedition days)

    We can’t provide everything. You will have to provide:
    Your transportation to the departure location in Cowichan Bay
    Accommodation before or after the course
    Any accommodation other than camping during the course

  • PC Basic Kayak Skills Instructor Course
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    PC Basic Skills Instructor
    3 Day Course

    Price: $349
    plus tax

    Paddle Canada
    Basic Kayaking Skills
    Instructor Course Details

    This 3 day (4 day minimum) Paddle Canada certification course takes you through the kayaking and teaching skills you will need to instruct others to a Basic Skills Certification level.

    June 28-30, 2019

    Typical course itinerary. (Because we are travelling in a natural environment, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a course actually runs.) An instructor course can be even more open than a skills course. Read the BECOMING AN INSTRUCTOR manual.

    ⚀ This course usually begins at Coastal Bliss Adventures' base location at 4865 Bench Road near Cowichan Bay at 8:00 am. Day 2 and 3 could be at a different location, depending on weather, sea state, and objectives for the day.
    ⚁ Day 2 is a mix of on land and on water instruction, modelling and imitation from you.
    ⚂ Day 3 is similar to day 2.

    What’s Included--Coastal Bliss provides the following for your course:
    Professional instructors
    A substantial preparation guide
    Kayaks, gear, and wet suit

    We can’t provide everything. You will have to provide:
    Your transportation to the course location in Cowichan Bay
    Accommodation before, after and during the course

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Offices:
4865 Bench Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC
Canada

Location:
1769 Cowichan Bay Road
Cowichan Bay, BC


E: info @ cowichanbaykayaking.com
P: +1 250 597 3031

What Our Guests Say

  • We did 8pm-10pm kayak to/through estuary and then to log booms and back to Cowichan Bay. Good overview before we left, quick fitting kayaks to everyone. Clear signals if safe/require assistance. Had the wonderful luck of seeing red sun set and then blood moon/full moon rise on the same trip. Lots of bio-luminescence, good guides. Thanks!

    Dean P
  • Our guide Jenny was wonderful and knowledgeable about the estuary. My husband and I rented kayaks and had her as our guide for a 2 hour paddle. The kayaks are in good condition, and Jenny took us to see seals basking in the sun. It was a nice easy pace for paddling, I got some wonderful photos and had a great time. Thanks Jenny and Coastal Bliss!

    Lynn
  • My son and I rented a double kayak for two hours. We explored the bay and marina. Saw lots of sea lions and osprey along with many fascinating boats. We definitely plan on doing this again! Gary was really helpful before and after our excursion.

    Ocean K
  • thanks again for another great day on the water. your team always makes renting a fast, enjoyable experience. you're always my go-to option for a quick afternoon paddle!

    Vince A
  • Our 2 hour kayak tour of Cowichan Bay estuary with our guide Travis was relaxing, educational, and a great way to spend a hot evening on the cooler waterway. Travis was professional, personable, and very patient with our limited experience in kayaks, and got us settled in them quickly, and safely. We enjoyed the leisurely pace, sighting different birds, and getting information about the local area from Travis.

    MMisto
  • Cynthia and I really enjoyed our Gulf Islands kayaking adventure with you. You happily tailored the trip and our days to meet our needs and accommodate the weather, tides and currents. The food was excellent (loved the spinach!) and the equipment you provided was of the highest quality that we have ever rented. We had such a good paddle with you we've been haunting craigslist etc and now are owners of a used Tyee fibreglass kayak like you have.

    Cynthia and Dave
  • I have very much enjoyed the Broken Group Island kayaking trip with you and Gary. I will definitely try to do it again, should I get back to the west coast in the near future.

    Martina
  • For two years in a row we have used Coastal Bliss to guide us through the Wild West Coast Trail. This year we also added a 1/2 day kayaking. Using Coastal Bliss ensured we get to see the best there is to see. A further advantage is that you will learn about the fascinating fauna, flora, history and geology on the coast. People do hike up on their own, but apart from the risk they take by going at it alone, they also rob themselves of a superior experience. While we were setting up camp they were cooking incredibly delicious snacks and meals. Who knew dehydrated foods could taste so good.

    Trina
  • A friend and I booked the two hour evening kayak tour in Cowichan Bay and it did not disappoint. Georgia and Gary were extremely friendly and helpful in teaching two newbies how to paddle properly and maneuver the kayak, and then Georgia guided us around the bay. It was a beautiful evening, the water was calm, and the scenery en route to the estuary was breathtaking. Georgia pointed out different bird species and we even spotted some seals swimming nearby. This was my first time on a kayak tour, but I will be back!

    Abbie
  • Reservedly we contacted Bliss Adventure Cowichan Bay to see if they could cope with old girls..2 with no experience. No problem, BUT "why dont you try our moonlight kayak experience?" It happened the moon was almost full just now. So we went for it. A whole new experience great fun and oh boy to see the moon rising up above the mountains as we paddled out at sea was unforgettable.We were made most welcome really enjoyed it. Thank you, it was BLISS.

    Fussy
  • I have done 4 brilliant multi-day trips with Coastal Bliss including 2 amazing kayaking adventures; 6 days in the Broken Group off Vancouver Island in 2014 with guide Phillip and 6 days in Nootka Sound in 2016, guided by Georgia. Both trips were fantastic. Georgia even organised a special trip for me to fit in with my itinerary as I had limited time, travelling from New Zealand. Coastal Bliss is well organised for everything; the food is fabulous, the guides have indepth local knowledge and the locations are outstanding - all reasons why I have signed up on 4 different occasions with Coastal Bliss.

    Jan