Sea Kayaking - Where it all began
Our mission is to make Sea Kayaking an accessible recreational activity for all levels of paddler through innovative instruction & training programs with safety and enjoyment at the heart of everything we do.
The Blue Dog team are experienced paddlers and coaches, we want to understand your needs and commit to getting it right. As a small business we strive to offer an individualized service to you, our customer. Our goal is to ensure that you will feel comfortable, confident and safe on the water.
Over the last three years Blue Dog Kayaking has become the largest provider of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking program in Canada with our team delivering over seventy course each year. We offer the entire Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking program; starting with the "Basic" and Level 1 skills courses for beginners which take place at Mill Bay & Sidney, every weekend. The Level 2 skills is offered as a multi-day adventure in the West coast or as a non-camping "FLEX" option from our paddling center at Sidney. Our Level 3 and Level 4 Skills courses cater for those seeking leadership challenges who also want to test their skills in dynamic water. For paddlers looking to coach and teach our instructor courses and mentorship opportunities are very popular.
Instructional Expeditions - These trips are unique, as we combine the adventure of a kayak expedition with the opportunity to learn and develop skills. Most of these expeditions take place on the majestic West Coast of Vancouver Island visiting locations such as; Kyuquot Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Barkley Sound or Nuchatlitz. Paddle Canada certification is optional and customized coaching is always provided.
Skills Development and Coaching - Skills workshops are offered outside of the Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking program; these are personalized opportunities designed to focus specific skills and challenge you beyond the restrictions of a national course curriculum. They include; "Kayaking in Current", a 3 day workshop held at Surge Narrow, "Paddling in Rock Gardens" learn more about maneuvering your kayak in dynamic water, "Surf", "Navigation for Dummies" making sense out of navigation and "Rolling a Sea Kayak" an essential for all intermediate paddlers.