Rock Gardening for Sea Kayakers

Challenge your yourself and learn the skills to confidently paddle in and around rocks.

Rock gardening is the sea kayaking equivalent of whitewater paddling. We actively seek to play where waves and rocks meet. Its a great place to refine your technical paddling skills, sharpen your tactical decision making, focus your mental concentration and awareness, and challenge your physical limits.

BC has some of the best rock gardening in North America. Our jagged, convoluted, eroded coast is full of reefs, headlands, and isolated rocks. “Graveyard of the Pacific” this coast may be, but its a sea kayakers playground as well.

We offer 3 different versions of this course:

  • 1 day taster in the Victoria/Sooke area. This course is a great orientation to rock gardening.
  • 2 day intensive in the Ucluelet area. This is a crash course for those looking to develop their rough water paddling skills. We’ll rock garden and surf in this course.
  • 4 day luxury get away to Spring Island in Kyuquot Sound. Spring Island is a rock gardener’s paradise. Paired with the comfort of the Spring Island Camp (beds, hot showers, catering), this course is a real treat for those looking to rock garden in style!

See our cancellation policy.

Skill Level


  • Previous paddling experience in class 3 waters
  • The ability to roll is a must but not a requirement.
  • Previous towing experience
  • Experience with assisted and solo rescues

Upcoming Courses

1 Day Taster - Date: TBA, 2024
East Sooke Area
2 Day Intensive - Date: For private groups only
Ucluelet Area
4 Day Luxury Camp - Date: For private groups only
Kyuquot – Spring Island
Course Notes:

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Course Information Package

Key Course Documents

Other Notes

This course is not for every paddler. Conditions are variable and as a consequence, the level of risk is also variable. We take reasonable precautions to provide a fun and rewarding learning environment, but paddling in and around rocks and swell is inherently risky. Your boat will get scratched, or worse. You will scrape your paddle on the rocks, or even break it.