⛩The Paddleshack is located at ⚓️the Oak Bay Marina, 10mins from downtown Victoria in British Columbia Canada on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
Situated in a sheltered bay in south Oak Bay, with spectacular views of 🗻Mount Baker, the Marina and local topography provide sanctuary from the 🌬💨wind and 🌊waves, and easy access to the ocean, with Mary Tod Island, Emily Islet and Harris Island ecological reserves, Willows beach and 🐄Cattle point, the Mayors Channel, the ⛓Chain Inlets, the Enterprise and Bains Channel, Chatham and 🔭Discovery Island (where a Salish 🐺Wolf lives), 🏛McNeill Beach, ⚖️Trial island and beyond, all accessible.
⛩The PaddleShack is located by dock A down the main ramp to the left.
Take a “Patches Badges” 🔴Intro to SUP+/Intro to Kayak+, 🔵Intermediate and ⚫️Advanced lessons and tours available with Ocean River Adventures and South Island SUP.
Patches are centred around procedures and skill acquisition, in various predicaments, used to gain proficiency and experience, for fun, and if desired, as training, to challenge for Badges, and as an excuse to just get out paddling and explore.
Earn patches by taking lessons, participating in excursions, signing up for clinics, attending derbies, booking adventures and playing games (SUP polo anyone?).
And the 🔴🔵⚫️Badges are just that, an actual Badge, conceptualized by wondering minds, made by a machine, detailed by hand, they align with Paddle Canada certifications indicating competency in specific circumstances relevant to SUP and Kayak instruction and facilitation, in various conditions.
Read it twice, it makes sense. Mostly.
⚓️Oak Bay Marina
🔴Red Badge (Intro2SUP+)
🔵Blue Badge (Intermediate)
⚫️Black Badge (Advanced)
Direction of travel - ⬆️north➡️east⬇️south⬅️west↗️NE↘️SE↙️SW↖️NW
Birding: Ducks and Gulls frequent the beach area but we also have bald eagles, great blue heron, and various jays.
Seals: Harbour seals live around the marina and are often found mooching snacks from the fish cleaning stations.
Darkness: Designated as an Urban Star Park in 2013, this area is a great place to view the stars at night.
Marina: 250-598-3369 Restaurant: 250-598-8555