Our mission is to make Sea Kayaking & Paddleboarding accessible recreational activities for all levels of paddlers through innovative instruction & training programs with safety and enjoyment at the heart of everything we do.
The Blue Dog team are all experienced paddlers and coaches, who work 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 and our friends. Our goal is to ensure that you will feel comfortable, confident and safe on the water while being able to push your limits, build confidence and go exploring these phenomenal places we call our backyard.
The technical stuff.
Blue Dog Kayaking has two paddling centers located at Mill Bay and Port Sidney Marinas, here we offer guided tours for kayakers and paddle boarders (SUP) plus instruction and lessons. The intermediate and advanced sea kayak training takes place on the majestic West Coast of Vancouver Island, and a bit on the East Coast.
We are also a Nigel Denis Kayak (NDK) Expedition Center, and the Canadian Dealers. We have found that the right equipment is essential in delivering confidence and safety on the water. We are also retailers of Kōkatat, Lendal North America, Celtic Paddles, Gearlab Outdoors, Level Six, Whetman Equipment and Astral (just to name a few). We can get you sorted with whatever you need, not to mention let you demo most of those products to make sure you are buying something that works for you.
Learn with Us
We offer the full range of Paddle Canada of courses for the beginner to advanced paddler. Our intro courses (Paddle Canada accredited) take places weekly at both our locations. Not to mention we also run the Paddle Canada L2 program out of our Port Sidney Location. However, most of our other L2/L3 programming is offered as multi-day expeditions on the West Coast.
New for 2023, we have decided to offer guide training! Our team has grown, and in that process we have added the ever talented Jeremy Benninger who is an exceptional paddler, and guide trainer. With years of experience under his belt, and many personal expeditions he makes the perfect guide trainer, with a focus on practical learning and relevant skills our programs will accompanied by a Paddle Canada certification that will allow guides to extend their season with instruction work, this means that your instructor team will be Jeremy and Amber Champion. Successfully candidates will walk away with an Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides certificate and a Paddle Canada Certificate.
Outside of our certification courses we also run instructional expeditions. These trips are unique, as we combine the adventure of a kayak expedition to various unspoiled locations such as Clayoquot, Broken Group, Nuchatlitz, Kyuquot or Great Slave Lake & combine the opportunity to learn, and focus on the skills one needs to do these trips without us. Our team is extremely passionate about paddling, and will work as hard as we can to give you the results you need and want.
Below you will get to meet some of our ever growing team. If you are looking to get more experiencing teaching or looking for a mentorship please reach out to Amber.
Friends of Blue Dog
Every year we get requests to support paddlers in their amazing adventures and paddling desires, as a business we decided that we would do our best to support paddlers whose goals and missions align with ours. We have had a number of amazing people receive sponsorship and do some really amazing paddling expeditions, trips and challenges. We feel that those people need to be highlighted, below you will find some past or current paddlers and their expeditions. Please give them some love and share the good news.
#1. For Fun's Sake
For Fun's Sake was a kayak expedition from Washington, USA to Alaska, USA. Chris Whittaker and Nuka De Jocas who experienced sea kayakers embarked on an expedition for the sake of an adventure. Two men in the wilderness for no other reason to be there, to experience it and have fun doing it. They had three goals; eat well, don't die and have fun. These two gentlemen caught some amazing footage on their trip and have turned that into some amazing episodes to watch for all of us. Follow this link to watch their expedition, and find out more about the inside passage.
Scott is a frequent flyer in our Paddle Canada courses, he recently got his Paddle Canada L4 skills, with great ease. Scott is a very talented paddler, with a background as an elite athlete he is taking his paddling to the next level and racing to Alaska. This June Scott will be embarking on a 1200km race where he hopes to complete it under 20 days. Scotts drive and motivation for this race is to help raise awareness and funds for KidSport Greater Victoria. KidSport Canada is a national charitable organization that helps remove financial barriers for kids to participate in organised sports. The organization’s local chapter provides grants for children in financial need in the Greater Victoria area to participate in sports programs. If you are able to help support Scott's goals please follow this link.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please send us an email for consideration.