Western Educational Adventures

Summer Kayak Program

Spend 9 days kayaking through the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, one of Coastal BC’s most dynamic areas! Participants learn how to conduct a sea kayaking expedition, become a strong leader, work as a part of a team and much more! This is a once in a lifetime experience in Coastal BC’s warmest ocean water.

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The warmest ocean water in BC!

Campbell River, BC

AGE GENDER Program Length Trip Length
12-14 Mixed 14 days 9 days
Price before Mar 15, 2018 Regular Price
$3400 + GST $3600 + GST
PROGRAM DATES
August 13-26, 2018 Space Available  
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The Experience

There aren’t many experiences that are more fun and exciting than sea kayaking through small channels, tidal rapids and warm water, while getting the chance to see giant trees, prolific marine life, marine mammals including seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises and innumerable species of birds. Participants may even get the chance to paddle through tidal rapids and swim in 25 degree C ocean water! The experience doesn’t stop there. Participants learn about nature, sea kayaking (including safety skills), camping, leadership and more - and they don’t even know it!

Leadership and Personal Growth

Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills including how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s kayak program focuses specifically on these skills.

During the kayak trip, participants are split into pairs. Each day one pair is selected to be responsible for leading the entire group. In the evening, the pair debriefs their experience, talking about what they learned and how it can be applied in the future. In short, participants learn what it means to be an adult!




Outdoor Skills

Aside from learning all about the natural world that surrounds them, inclucing about the sea life, whales, dolphins, seals and birds, participants will acquire most of the skills required to run a successful kayaking trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route, to cleaning up after it's all done. Participants will come away from their kayaking experience with a serious kayaking and camping skill set.

Some of the skills you will learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Sea Kayak Paddling and Manouvering • Sea Kayaking Safety • Kayak Rescues • Tides and Currents • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance • Backcountry Safety

Safety and Food

Safety

Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic


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    Desolation Sound Expedition

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    Rescue Training

    ...Landon fell out of his kayak, oh no!
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    Graeme to the rescue!

    ...is Landon going to flip me?
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    The end of the day

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Registration

If you want to sign up, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:


Step 1: Complete the registration form and submit on-line

We will respond within 48 hours of receiving your registration and provide you with a detailed medical questionnaire and participant survey.

Step 2: Complete medical questionnaire/participant survey and submit on-line

We will review the information and set up a time to meet on Skype.

Step 3: Skype Meeting

This meeting is for our staff, the participant(s) and parent(s) to ask any questions and ensure everyone is ready for the experience. We will also discuss how the participant will be transported to our program.

Step 4: Payment, waiver and final information

Upon completing the Skype meeting, we will send you a waiver, take payment, and provide you with a packing list (all electronically).

Step 5: Pick-up and Drop-off locations.

We will provide you with exact pick-up and drop off locations/times based on all the groups transportation arrangements.


**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**