Outdoor Recreation

Water Based Programs

Take advantage of the rivers, lakes, and an ocean at your doorstep. Guided kayaking, paddling, and surfing adventures await along with seasonal raft guide and sea kayak courses.

Sea kayak

Sea Kayaking – various locations

10am to 4pm, Sunday, Sept 11

This one-day session is designed as an introduction to sea kayaking. Over the course of the day students learn basic sea kayaking techniques.

Students learn how to prepare for a sea kayak day trip, how to enter and exit a kayak, and basic strokes. The rest of the day is spent improving upon and learning new skills, paddling, and exploring the ocean.

Sea kayak

Surfing Day Trip – Pacific Rim National Park

7am to 7pm, Saturday, Sept 24

This is a fun and exciting day of surf instruction and surfing in Pacific Rim National Park.

While on the beach, students are given a pre-trip information session covering the following topics: surf formation and surf dynamics, surfing hazards, personal hazards, and how to surf. After the information session students then spend the rest of the day surfing.

Depending on the weather and student interest, we normally spend about 3.5 hours surfing, and then travel back to Nanaimo.

Sea kayak

Sea Kayak After Class – various locations

4:30pm to 8pm, Tuesday, Sept 13 and 20

This program is a multiple session offering designed to give students more experience in sea kayaks compared to our one-day sea kayak activity.

Over the course of the individual sessions, students learn basic sea kayaking techniques and get to paddle in different locations around Nanaimo. Students learn how to prepare for a sea kayak day trip, how to enter and exit a kayak, and basic strokes.

This is a beautiful time of the day to be on the water as we catch the sunset from our kayaks.

Sea kayak

Surfing/Hiking Weekend – Ucluelet, Tofino, and Pacific Rim National Park

12pm Friday to 6pm Sunday, Oct 21, 22, 23

This is a fun and exciting weekend of surf instruction and surfing in the Pacific Rim National Park area.

We leave VIU on the Friday afternoon and travel up to Ucluelet to our accommodations for the weekend at Surfs Inn. On Saturday morning, we head out to do some surfing!

Once at our surf beach, students are given a pre-trip information session covering the following topics: surf formation and surf dynamics, surfing hazards, personal hazards, and how to surf. After the information session, students then spend the rest of the day surfing. We continue surfing on the Sunday morning and early afternoon before returning to VIU.

We use a variety of beaches in Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino depending on swell size and weather conditions. Normally, the group goes out for dinner on the Saturday night, but this is optional. Our accommodation has a full kitchen and please check the provided link below for more information.

Accommodation Information

White Water Kayaking – Nanaimo or Cowichan River

9am to 4pm, Saturday, Sept 17

This learn to white water kayak activity is a one-day introduction and students will learn the basics of river running.

Over our time together, we cover the following topics and skills: how to fit a river kayak, how to outfit the kayak, how to do a wet exit, basic strokes, safety considerations, river feature identification, river safety, and running moving water in a river kayak.

We use a section of the Nanaimo River or Cowichan River for this activity and students should expect to carry kayaks and gear to and from the river. We also suggest that you register for our kayak rolling event to get the most out of this day.

Stand-up Paddle (SUP) – various locations

4:30pm to 7:30pm, Thursdays, Sept 15, and Sept 22

This one-day session is designed as an introduction to the popular new sport of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Over the course of the activity, students learn basic SUP paddling techniques. Students learn how to prepare for a SUP day trip, how to get on and stand up on the board, and basic strokes.

Mystery Activity – various locations

9am to 4pm, Sunday, Nov 13

What? How can you sell an activity that you don’t even know what its going to be? Yes, that is correct, but because of the weather at this time of year it is difficult to schedule.

Here’s the deal: we want to go whitewater rafting on the Nanaimo River but if the water is low, we might go swimming with spawning salmon or go hiking or caving for the day. We have plenty of options and if you have done any activities with us you will know that they are all great and well worth your time and money. Take on the challenge and sign up for the mystery activity!