Age 16-18
Duration 21 days
Program Options Financial Assistance

West Coast 21-day Sea Kayaking and Surfing

Outward Bound Canada’s sea kayak and surf expedition is the ultimate West Coast experience. This journey takes place in Clayoquot Sound, on the edge of the Pacific Rim National Park. This has been the traditional territory of three Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, the Ahousaht, the Hesquiaht and Tla-o-qui-aht for over 5000 years. You and your group will move through the islands and inlets of one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, camping on white-sand beaches and in ancient rainforests, enjoying pristine west coast sunsets.

This strenuous 21-day course is designed to make you and your group work together to overcome problems while honing your existing leadership and communication skills. You’ll be challenged physically and mentally throughout with a great sense of accomplishment that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Be ready to accept the challenge!

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Outward Bound Canada’s Journey courses are designed to help you take charge of your life and realize what you are capable of.  Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of day-to-day routines and into an environment that may be very new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing these changes helps to bring out new perspectives. Using the challenges of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach you how to transfer the skills learned on course to your life at home. These important life skills include caring for yourself, taking responsibility for your choices, expressing your needs and opinions with confidence, and working with others in your life at home.


Sea kayaking: students will travel in either solo or tandem fibreglass sea kayaks. Most of the programming happens in class 2 water as outlined by the SKGABC. They will learn paddling strokes, self and assisted rescue techniques plus basic nautical navigation including understanding tides, currents and weather.

Surfing: students will be instructed in basic surf technique including understanding and reading waves, basic surf safety and etiquette.
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learning outcomes

Our expert instructors will lead participants through novel, real-life experiences that require groups to collaboratively problem-solve through challenges, failure, and success. This course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:


  1. Improved sense of resiliency
  • OBC is building a generation of physically and mentally healthy citizens
  • Participants choose to improve their physical and mental health
  1. Greater leadership skills and social connectedness
  • OBC is teaching the skills needed to succeed at school, work and in life
  • Participants become more confident, collaborative and respectful team members
  1. Stronger connection with nature
  • OBC is promoting greater levels of environmentalism
  • Participants develop stronger life-long connections to the natural world

There will also be a solo experience during the course that provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience and make decisions about their future. Students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff to maintain safety.


Outward Bound Canada is a charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents experiencing socio-economic barriers to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist eligible participants and their families with financial assistance. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.

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