Road to Skookumchuck

Road to Skookumchuck

Rates: $895 + GST
Dates: April or May
Age: 16+


Learn to Surf Waves in a Sea Kayak

Advanced 5 Day Course
First 2 days in Deep Cove, then 3 days (2 nights camping) at Skookumchuck

This course runs on two consecutive weekends and is designed to introduce you to a safe and fun sea kayaking experience at the world famous Skookumchuck Tidal Rapid!

Weekend 1 – Deep Cove Kayak (Prep Phase)
The first weekend is in Deep Cove and runs on a Sat & Sunday, 9am-5pm. This prep phase will show you exactly what to expect, and you will have time to run every drill you’ll need at skookumchuck. As we refine your rough water paddling skills, we’ll also explain the best tactical approaches to Skook, so you can navigate the rapid as efficiently as possible – all while having an ABSOLUTE BLAST!!!

Weekend 2 – Skookumchuck Narrows
This is where the fun really starts. The second weekend is at the Skookumchuck Narrows: Friday morning until Sunday evening. Camping on Friday and Saturday night at a private residence just south of the narrows.

What to expect at Skookumchuck Narrows
The current speed starts out very gently on the first day and then increases gradually throughout the weekend. You will be encouraged to challenge yourself at a level you are comfortable with. You will be able to land and take a break anytime you like. In the evenings (at camp) we’ll show you some video footage of YOU surfing, and discuss ways to refine your technique.

Our overall goal is to progress your paddling skills and comfort level in dynamic water. Specific skills you’ll learn:

  • Crossing eddy lines and ferrying
  • Manoeuvring in waves and current
  • Surfing skills
  • Forward paddling power
  • Bracing, edging and rolling
  • Positioning and tactics

For more information please refer to the detailed course information package (link)

Skookumchuck Narrows is situated on the Sunshine Coast

The Ocean and Some Islands at Skookumchuck Narrows

Who should do this tour

Prerequisites: Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills or Equivalent skill and a fairly reliable roll in flatwater on one side.


No of Sessions5 Days (2 in Deep Cove, 3 at Skookumchuck)
Participant$895 plus GST
Includes 2 nights overnight camping (ferry fee & transport not included)

$25 non-refundable registration fee (per person per lesson). 14 days notice before first day of your lesson is required to reschedule or to cancel for a refund (not including the non-refundable $25 registration fee)


Course DatesDaysTime
Course #1: April 13, 14, 19, 20 & 2159-5pm
Course #2: May 11, 12, 17, 18, & 1959-5pm

What to Bring

Gear Required/Important Info:
Tip: Our Retail Store Coast Outdoors is a one-stop shop for all types of paddlers, but especially for those wanting the right gear for advanced courses like this one. Most the gear listed below is available at: Coast Outdoors

All usual paddling equipment (Discounted Kayak and kayak gear rental available upon request)
All usual camping/cooking gear
Immersion Paddling Gear
Paddling Helmet

Landing/beaching bag (large bag(s) required to put all your smaller bags in for easy transport as our host moves gear from landing spot to our camp spot in a vehicle) *Large Ikea bags work great

Drinking water, non-potable water available but needs to be treated
Food-meals are not provided
Wi-fi and cell reception available at camp

Shop All Kinds of Paddling Gear at Coast Outdoors

We also run kayaking lessons at Jericho Beach Kayak

graphic explaining that you can take a similar lesson at JBK

Jericho Beach Kayak run kayaking lessons in Vancouver. Click Here for more info.