SUP Ocean Touring & Training on Quadra Island
We are excited for 2017 to introduce our new S.O.A.R Paddle Camps to our line up of sup training and multi day expeditions. S.O.A.R (SUP Surf, Ocean and River ) Paddle Camps aim to deliver an instructional, fun and progressive standup paddle board training experience for sup enthusiasts, potential instructors or those goal setters looking for the opportunity for self challenge, growth and leadership training. Our SOAR Paddle Camps will be hosted by top level instructors and coaches with a focus on safety, building sup skills, and increasing self and group leadership skills while gaining valuable paddling experience under the instruction and coaching of the team. Our camps are hosted in some of the most beautiful places in British Columbia.
Our SOAR Ocean Camp offers an immersive training week for those who want to become competent with their paddleboard in a dynamic ocean environment with the goal of gaining the skills and experience necessary to tour and explore the coastline safely on your own or to help you build experience with the goal of leading others. Our Ocean camp provides immersive SUP training that will introduce participants to ocean safety, self rescue and awareness, pre trip preparation and route planning. You will also be part of co-ordinating an overnight mini expedition around the beautiful waters of Quadra Island in order to build our sup camping and overnight touring skills.
Our week takes place at the beautiful Discovery Islands Lodge on Quadra Island. The Lodge is adjacent to Surge Narrows Marine Park which is one of the most biologically diverse ocean environments in the Pacific Northwest. Water classification ranges from flatwater to Class 4 whitewater tidal rapids. These dynamic conditions will provide an opportunity for participants to observe and understand the complexities of ocean travel. Throughout the week, there will be workshops on weather and navigation, tides and currents, safety including on water rescues, skill and stroke development. Infused with leadership talks, gear demo’s and shared learning and debriefs, our week will end with an overnight component. The group will travel to a remote location and camp for the evening before returning to Discovery Islands Lodge for our final wrap up the following day.
We are all really excited about this new sup ocean experience and we look forward to sharing our expertise and the incredible destination of Quadra Island and area.
Dates: May 29-June 2rd, 2017
Price: $1199 + gst
Location: Discovery Lodge, Quadra Island, B.C.
SOAR Paddle Camp Instructors: Norm Hann, Sarah Glenn, Chad Guenter
Paddle Canada Basic or Advanced Flatwater SUP skills, or equivalent skills or knowledge
Costs Include the Following:
3 nights accommodation at Discovery Island Lodge
1 night camping accommodation
5 days of dryland and on water ocean instruction and safety training
Instructor Ratio: 1:6
Paddle Canada Certification: If successful, participants can achieve their Paddle Canada Touring 1 or 2 skills.
Price Does Not Include the Following
Ocean Specific SUP and Safety Equipment. (Rentals Available)
Travel to Quadra Island
To secure you place in the course a full payment can be made by e transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, cheque to Norm Hann Expeditions or cash. Payments may also be made through credit card but will be subject to a 3% service charge.
Training courses are non refundable within two weeks of the course start date. 100% refundable prior to two weeks of the course start date.
This Itinerary may change due to weather and group objectives throughout the week.
- Meet and Greet/Introductions
- Decision Making Models
- Paddle with skills intro
- Weather Forecasting
- Tide and Currents
- Forward stroke Video analysis
- Flatwater Skills building/paddle
- Leave no Trace/Camp Craft
- Chart reading
- Use of terrain for efficient ocean travel
- Paddling in Currents/wave riding
- Intro to Ocean Touring and Overnight travel
- Depart for overnight adventure
- Group Travel and Management
- Skill Development and Camp craft
- CampFire Session
- Leadership and Group Dynamics
- Pack Up
- Depart for Discovery Lodge
- Debrief and Feedback
- Depart for Ferry
Norm Hann is a Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer for surf, touring, river and flatwater. He is a coastal expedition guide and has been leading people from around the world for the last seventeen years in the Great Bear Rainforest on multi day sup expeditions and wildlife tours. He is also a former high school teacher, college instructor and university basketball coach who has been involved with teaching, coaching and instructing for most of his life.
Chad Guenter, of Soul Flow Paddle Co, is a Paddle Canada River Instructor and an Rescue Instructor for industry leader Raven Rescue. Chad has a wealth of river and guiding experience and instructing in dynamic conditions. Chad brings his in depth swift-water rescue teaching experience to this course by providing a safe learning environment and incorporating safety principles and self rescue to the itinerary.
Sarah Glenn: Growing up on the West Coast, Sarah finds great peace and solitude in the forests, rivers and oceans. The Lao Tzu quote, “Silence is a source of great strength” is one she holds close to her heart. Sarah holds a BA in Tourism and Outdoor Recreation and a host of certifications in paddling, guiding and instructing. Since 2005, she has been providing opportunities in nature to youth, adults and families with the organization Power To Be.