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Greenland-Style Kayaking Workshop

Kayak Ways and West Coast Expeditions combine expertise to offer this one-of-a-kind week of training in traditional Greenland-style paddling while exploring incredible west coast waters! This unusual offering is open to beginner, novice, intermediate or advanced paddlers.

Spring Island was the perfect venue for a Greenland workshop.
Liz T., Portland, OR – 2012 Greenland Workshop participant

What better place for skill development than at our West Coast Expeditions kayaking base camp on Spring Island in the Mission Group on the wild northwest coast of Vancouver Island?!

Kayak Ways is co-owned by Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson. For the past fifteen years, they have traveled the world investigating and teaching Greenland-style paddling, bracing and rolling skills. Cheri and Turner have both been to Greenland to compete - and medal - in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships, hosted by Qaannat Kattuffiat.

Participants will revel in daily paddling and instructional sessions: Cheri and Turner will offer catered skills sessions and practical touring to inform and enhance your skinny stick abilities. And our West Coast Expeditions staff will share their intimate knowledge of the local marine environment while serving up guided trips specific to sea conditions and learning objectives!

In addition to all the unique paddling choices, myriad other opportunities await you in this glorious part of the world:  morning stretching in a grassy meadow, day hikes on spectacular coastlines and in majestic forests, evening talks, delicious and wholesome meals, waterfront canvas tents with comfortable beds, hot showers, afternoon rolling in the bay, evening campfires.

The inclusions and itinerary are similar to our regularly scheduled "5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tours" from our base camp, with adjustments to the daily rhythm for specific skills clinics before, during, or after outings. 

Suitable kayaks are provided.  Alternately, intermediate and advanced paddlers may prefer to bring their own kayak for familiarity if driving yourself to Fair Harbour, with a savings of $125/person for providing your own kayak and transportation.  

Convenient two-way van transportation from the Comox Valley (Courtenay or Comox) or Campbell River is included. 
Cheri Perry coaching Greenland body position on Spring Island
Liz kayaking through the arch at Spring Island

A wonderful time in a stunning location!
Charles C., Portland, OR
2012 Greenland Workshop participant
Immersion protection is required for optimal learning and safety during this specialized workshop (drysuit recommended, or at least a wetsuit; including neoprene hoodie/cap).

Turner Wilson ripping a wave   Cheri Perry in action surfing a wave

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