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Intro to Coastal Touring

Explore more Coastline

...and get Paddle Canada Certified!

The 2-day paddle program will take place near Sidney, BC. Saturday morning begins with on land navigation and weather preparation before taking to the waters of Canoe Cove. Sunday continues with skills development, route planning and executing a trip plan. You will stay at home or in nearby accommodations (at your own expense).

Intro to Coastal Touring is for Stand Up Paddleboarders who are interested in exploring their coastlines for day tours and multi-day overnight trips. You will be introduced to paddling and navigating in a coastal environment with an emphasis on knowledge, navigation and safety skills.

The scenic waters of the Southern Gulf Islands near Sidney, BC are our backdrop for learning and exploring that will have you confidently and safely setting off on your own paddling adventures.

You can opt to receive the Paddle Canada Coastal Touring Level 1 Skills certification upon completion. 

Are these paddle programs right for you?

These are Intermediate/Advanced level courses.


  • Advanced flatwater SUP certification or equivalent experience, skills and knowledge as assessed by the instructor. Paddlers need time and practice to sufficiently develop the skills learned in the prerequisite course before registering for this course. Please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the prerequisites. 

  • Must feel comfortable Stand Up Paddling at an easy pace for 3 to 4 hours per day with a fully loaded board. 

  • Must be comfortable in the water. 

  • No previous camping experience is necessary but you will have to provide your own camping gear if taking the overnight course.

  • Age restrictions 18+ (may consider mature 16+ who are strong paddlers)

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  • Day 1: Starts at 9am, launching from Canoe Cove Marina, North Saanich and ends at 4pm.

  • Day 2: Starts at 9am, launching from Canoe Cove and ends at 4pm.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before, earlier if you need to collect your rental gear from Pacifica Paddle Sports or inflate board.

  • The location may change if weather conditions require it. You will be contacted 24 hours before if a change is anticipated.

What to Bring

It's important to come prepared so you can make the most of your time on the water.  For this course, you will need to bring all paddling equipment, camping gear and personal clothing. 

To help you make getting ready for your course easier, we made you a printable list. 

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Interested in SUP Camping but don’t know where to start?

This guide is perfect for beginners! It covers all the basics of camping, from what you need to bring with you to how best to prepare. You’ll be an expert in no time.


With this guide, you can hit the open water feeling confident and ready for anything. From finding the best campsites to mastering cooking over a campfire, we’ve got you covered. Download now and get started on your next SUP camping adventure!

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