Kids'& Youth Day Camps
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Kids', Youth & TEEN Day Camps
For the Summer of 2021, all our programs for kids, youth and teens are day camps because of the necessary restriction due to Covid-19. We are committed to giving everyone a fun and meaningful experience that is as safe as we can make it. We have Day Camps for children aged 8 – 12 years old, for youth aged 12-14 ,teens aged 15-18, plus after-school and day trips for 13 to 18 year-olds. The camps each run 4 week days this summer, except for the after school and day trip programs. All programs are based in Cowichan Bay, starting from our dock at Bluenose Marina. The main water sport activities are kayaking using sea kayaks, river kayaks (on flatwater), canoes and stand-up paddle boards. Children also spend afternoons doing a variety of other activities in the area. Unfortunately, the archery, sword fencing, and circus activities are not possible this year because of Covid-19 restrictions, but we are planning on other fun activities that allow for proper physical distancing.
Kid's & Youth
4 Days, 8:30-3:00
Price: $249.00 pp plus tax
Kids' & Youth Camp Details
TIME: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Ages 8-12 Kids' Waterfront Fun Camp
June 28 - July 1, 2021
July 12 - 15, 2021
August 9 - 12, 2021
August 23 - 26, 2021
This program is aimed at the 8 – 12 years age group . It includes the use of a mixture of kayaks, canoe, Sup boards and focuses on learning through playing games on and off the water, learning the basics of paddle safety and includes beach and marine life exploration. This camp is suited to children who wish to play on and around the water and spend time with others at a beach environment.
Ages 12-14 Youth SUP Skills and Exploration Camp
This 4-day Program Focuses on Basic and Advanced Stand Up Paddle Board Skills. It is the primary starting point of the Paddle Canada SUP skills progression. With a focus on foundation skills and knowledge, these are reinforced through short excursions . During the excursions, students will go out on short paddling trips in calm and sheltered waters, in addition to spending time at and on the Beach front learning knowledge and safety skills.
Ages 12-14 Youth Kayak Skills and Exploration Camp
July 5 - 8, 2021....$249 + tax
August 16 - 19, 2021....$249 + tax
This 4-day fun, activity-based program takes you through the kayaking skills you will need for near-shore excursions 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 shoreline paddles for several hours and may result in a Paddle Canada Basic Sea Kayak Skills Certificate.
Ages 12-14 Youth Intermediate Kayak Skills Camp
July 19 - 22, 2021....$249 + tax
This 4-day fun, activity-based program takes you through the kayaking skills you will need for excursions in protected waters. We review the equipment, how to prepare it, how to maintain it, and what is required by law. After the introduction, we launch and practice some skills in the kayak. We do more advanced 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 water up to light chop in a protected area, on day trips and may result in a Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills Certificate.
Ages 13-18 Youth Kayak Skills Intermediate Plus Camp
This 4-day skill and activity-focused program lets you practice and learn more advanced sea kayaking skills. We review equipment, naviagation, safety and communications, and important safety and risk management concepts for kayaking. We learn and practice more advanced rescues and work through scenarios for meeting common challenges while kayaking.
The course should give you the confidence and skills to paddle on longer trips and may result in a Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Skills Certificate.
Ages 13-18 Youth After School Paddle Club
4-sessions.....$119 + tax
6-sessions.....$179 + tax
You can choose the 4-session club or 6-session club to participate. This program is based after school on Mondays and Thursdays, with Spring sessions made up of sea kayaking or SUPing. The Autumn sessions are made up of sea kayaking and river kayaking. These after-school days are meant to promote fun and physical activity. Some skills will be taught, but the emphasis is on fun.
Ages 13-18 Youth Day Paddles
Each trip....$75 + tax
You can choose the 4-session club or 6-session club to participate. This program is practicing and using acquired skills on day trips in the area. We may alter the starting location from Cowichan Bay, paddling in an area between Cedar-by-the-Sea to Mill Bay. These day trips will typically run from 8:30 am until about 3:00 pm.
Ages 15-18 Teen SUP Program
This 2-day Program Focuses on Basic and Advanced Stand Up Paddle Board Skills. It is the primary starting point of the Paddle Canada SUP skills progression. With a focus on foundation skills and knowledge. During the Advanced Skills section students will go out on short paddling excursions in calm and sheltered waters, in addition to spending time at and on the Beach front learning knowledge and safety skills.
Ages 15-18 Teen Kayaking Program
This 2-day fun, activity-based 12 hour minimum Paddle Canada certification program 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.
Spaces can fill up, please book well in advance.
Includes: all equipment for kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, and more
You need to bring: water shoes, drinking water, sun hat, sun glasses, lots of sunscreen, lunch and snacks
Location: Blue Nose Marina, 1769 Cowichan Bay Road, unless otherwise communicated
Drop off: drop off is right at Bluenose Marina
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4865 Bench Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.