West Coast Expeditions
Balancing rocks, a metaphore for the balance between adventure and safety.
View from Stud Islet. Just one of the camping options in the Deer Group. Beautiful beach, protected and the ocean at your doorstep.
Stud Islet Balance rocks, set by a obsessed student. Very difficult to do.
Happy students of the Level 3 Deer Island program.
Level 1 Instructor candidates with their trainer, Dave Nichols
Towing challenge with injured paddler for Level 3
Kayaks on the beach at Stud
Paddlers discuss the trip plan
Chart of the Deer Group. Navigation is a major part of the program.
A sea star in a tidal pool
Getting ready for the challenges of the day. Whale Island near Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Night time food prep. Packing and managing supplies is emphased in Paddle Canada courses.
This secluded beache is a hidden gem on the Vancouver Island west coast.
View under a fallen old growth tree on the west coast.
Piloting is a major part of learning effective navigation on a Paddle Canada course. Transfering what is seen on the ,marine chart into the real world seems simple but is often very challenging.
Effective, desirable expedition behavior means working with and being part of a team, even when it means letting others take the lead. Here a group of level 4 candidates review their options for the days challenges.
More teamwork. Sharing the load, many hands make light work
Sand dune on Whale Islet, Vargas Island near Tofino.
Current work is also included in many level 3 and 4 courses. Here a paddler assesses the white water caused by incomming tide.
Kayaks on the beach, Whale Island, Britich Columbia.
Level 4 paddlers celebrate the end of their Paddle Canada course on the beach in Tofino.
Rick Wise posses with the level 4 group on route.
Sunrise on Whale Island, near Tofino and Vargas Island in the background.
Two paddlers discuss route planning and piloting, planning the trip back to Tofino.