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Greenland-Style Kayaking Workshop

When we are able to make schedules match, James Manke from All Things Qajaq, and West Coast Expeditions combine expertise to offer this one-of-a-kind training in traditional Greenland-style paddling while exploring incredible west coast waters! This unusual offering is open to beginner, novice, intermediate, or advanced paddlers.  This experience is not currently planned for 2024.

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!

Join expert Greenland paddling instructor, James Manke, who is All Things Qajaq and currently launching his Roll Across Canada Tour!  James was based out of Victoria, British Columbia, is currently in Baja, Mexico, and mastering a mobile life.  He is both passionate and talented in sharing the tradition of Greenland kayaking. James has a unique teaching style that draws you in and allows you to explore the possibilities of his teachings. This is foundational for modern day paddlers.

He is a perennial favourite coach at events like the Pacific Paddling Symposium and elsewhere throughout North America...and the world. 

James has been to Greenland to compete - and medal - in the 2014 Greenland National Kayaking Championships, hosted by Qaannat Kattuffiat.  While learning to kayak, James also skinny-stick paddled the Grand Canyon as part of a self-supported descent with 3 other sea kayakers!  He has a few stories to share around the campfire.

Participants will revel in daily paddling and instructional sessions: James provides personalised skills sessions and practical touring that will inform and enhance your paddling abilities. And our West Coast Expeditions staff will share their intimate knowledge of the local area while facilitating guided outings 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 around the campfire, delicious and wholesome meals, hot showers, and rejuvenating nights sleeping at our waterfront tent sites.

The inclusions and itinerary are similar to our regularly scheduled "4-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour" from our base camp, with adjustments to the daily rhythm for specific skills clinics before, during, or after outings.   

Convenient two-way van transportation from the Comox Valley (Courtenay or Comox) or Campbell River is included in this offering. 

Suitable kayaks are provided.  Alternately, intermediate and advanced paddlers may prefer to bring their own kayak for familiarity.
  James Manke - Greenland paddling instructor

James Manke demonstrating a Greenland kayak roll

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).

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