Instructors teach on land so students can perform on the water: A proper hip snap and high brace are key to executing the Eskimo roll. Wilke Point, British Columbia
Photo: Marco Johnson
Find the full beauty of the Pacific Northwest on this all-ocean coastal exploration. You will sea kayak the remote waters of Vancouver Island’s outer coast, visiting pristine sandy beaches and hidden tidal lagoons while traveling in the wake of the many First Nations peoples and early explorers who opened the trade routes in this region.
Along the way, learn a range of technical skills including fundamental paddling strokes, weather analysis, and interpretation of tides and currents.
During the sailing section, you’ll find yourself aboard a 36-foot keelboat to explore the remote Strait of Georgia and Desolation Sound. Along these precipitous coastlines, you’ll learn boat handling under sail and power, chart reading, coastal navigation, and seamanship.
From helm to foredeck to navigation station, you will get a hands-on opportunity to crew all the positions above and below deck. With a combo course like this one, you’re sure to grow into your sea legs.
Pacific Northwest Sea Kayaking and Sailing
17 and over (Average age: 21)
June 4-July 4, 2014
June 18-July 18, 2014
July 2-August 1, 2014
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