SUP Coastal Touring & Camping Course

and get Paddle Canada Certified!

The 2-night/3-day course will take place near Sidney, BC and includes 2 nights of self-supported camping at a remote island location reached by boat or paddleboard, depending upon conditions.

This course is for Stand Up Paddleboarders who are interested in exploring their coastlines for day tours and multiday overnight trips. Participants are introduced to paddling and navigating in a coastal environment with an emphasis on knowledge, navigation and safety skills.

The scenic waters of the Saanich Peninsula including the more dynamic waters of the Southern Gulf Islands near Swartz Bay provide the backdrop for learning and exploring that will have you confidently and safely setting off on your own paddling adventures.

You’d love to come but not interested in the certifications? No problem, join us, have fun and learn some touring skills along the way.

Successful participants will receive the Paddle Canada Coastal Touring Level 1 Skills award.

Explore the Salish Sea

Is this Course Right for You?

This is an Intermediate/Advanced course.


  • 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 in 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 necessary but you will have to provide your own camping gear

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

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  • The course starts Friday at 8 am and ends Sunday around 5pm.

  • We start and end at: Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard, Canoe Cove Road, North Saanich, BC

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

  • The location may change if weather conditions require it. You will be emailed or called 24 hours prior if this happens. 

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.