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LGBTQ+ Pacific Northwest Sea Kayaking - Adult


14 days


23+ yrs



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Paddle the Canadian Coast in a Queer-Positive Community

Explore the lush, wild coastline of British Columbia, Canada, in a queer-positive space while learning sea kayaking, outdoor living, and leadership skills. This course is specifically designed for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and are 23 years and up. Find adventure, build community, and feel a sense of belonging on the water and in the wilderness.

Paddle between densely forested islands and through backcountry fjords on this 14-day excursion. Spend nights camping on remote beaches and watching the sun rise over the ocean while you savor breakfast you cooked on a camp stove. On the water, you might spot seals or whales; inland, you might catch a glimpse of bears or wolves.

Even if you’ve never been sea kayaking or camping before, this course is a great way to learn more about the outdoors—and yourself. Acquire the skills you need to travel competently in an ocean environment. You’ll start with the basics, like learning to paddle, and advance to rescuing techniques, reading charts and ocean currents, “wet exits,” and assessing marine hazards.

As with all NOLS courses, leadership skills will be a key part of this course. Take on different leadership roles every day, finding out what your unique style is and using it to support the group. Take on challenges, achieve common goals, and build an inclusive community. Return inspired and ready to lead your next adventure.

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