FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here lie the answers to all your burning questions.
1. Do I have to sign a waiver?
Yes. for Paddle Canada Courses there is a Paddle Canada waiver as well as the Adventure G.I. waiver. A waiver must be signed for all activities with Adventure G.I. and the waiver is available on the course or tour booking page. Waivers will also be provided in a welcome email. If you have booked through Yervana, you may also need to sigh a Yervana waiver.
2. How long are the Paddle Canada kayak courses?
Paddle Canada courses range from 1 day up to 4 days + an overnight, but all may be broken into smaller portions and spread across different weekends depending on the duration of the course and our schedules.
3. Where do I find details about my course or tour?
All of the fine details will be emailed to you in a confirmation package once you have booked. you can expect to see stuff like, meeting times and locations, what to bring, what not to bring, waivers, policies, and contact information.
4. What should I pack?
I think its always a good idea to have some spare clothes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, emergency toiletries, water, lunch/snacks, and don’t forget a camera! All of this should pack into a small day bag.
For climbing, if you have rock shoes, bring them. I do not have rentals at this time.
For camping situations you will need your own camping equipment and cooking utilities, unless we have discussed otherwise.
5. Do I need travel insurance?
If you are visiting from out of country, you will need to provide proof of travel insurance prior to participating in lessons or tours.
6. What is the climate like?
The climate is the mildest in Canada, with temperatures on the coast even in January being usually above 0 °C (32 °F). In summer, the warmest days usually reach a maximum of 28–33 °C (82.4–91.4 °F).
In the winter the waters are more wild and there is a considerable amount of rainfall from mid December to mid May. We live in a temperate rainforest area.
7. Should I tip my guide?
Tipping is never expected but always appreciated.
8. Do I need to reconfirm my course or tour?
You do not need to reconfirm your course. you will receive a confirmation email/ welcome package with course and tour details within a short time after booking. Once you receive that email, you are booked. If you do not receive an email, then please check in as there has been a miscommunication somewhere along the way.
9. Will unpredictable weather cause problems?
Rain will cause climbing courses to be cancelled at which time we can explore rebooking or refunding.
Rain will not stop kayaking courses or tours so come prepared. Wind on the other hand can cause quite a problem for kayaks and our tolerance will depend on the skill of the paddlers involved and the tour in question. I do my best to keep the tours adaptable to the weather conditions.
10. How fit do I have to be?
The level of fitness required depends on the course or tour in question. I have something here for everyone ranging from beginner to advanced and the level of fitness required fits into that scale.
11. What do the difficulty ratings mean?
The difficulty ratings are representative of the amount of knowledge or experience you should have before considering the course or tour.
Never done it before – Beginner
Done it a few times with some success – Intermediate
Done it for a few years now – Advanced
That said, if you select a course or tour rated beginner, and I see its to easy for you, I can always make it harder. But if you select something more advanced, I may not be able to make the situation easier. Feel free to check in with me about tours if you have questions about the difficulty. Ill help you make the right choice.
12. What is not included in the price of the courses and tours?
Besides the items listed under “What should I pack”, I do not provide personal transportation at this time, nor do I do food and beverage handling.
13. What is your cancelation policy?
I am always happy to reschedule you if the need arises.
In the event of a rain or wind cancelation or a cancelation received more than 60 days prior to the start of the tour or course, a full refund will be issued with the exception of service fees from third party advertisers.
A full refund will also be issued, at any time, with proof of dire circumstances. The exception of service fees from third party advertisers must still apply.
Cancelations made between 60 and 30 days prior to the Adventure will forfeit %25 of the adventure cost.
Cancelations made between 30 and 15 days prior to the start of your tour or course will forfeit the %50 deposit and be refunded any remainder that may have been paid.
Cancelations made less than 15 days prior, or those who do not attend booked adventures, will not be refunded.
14. Are there age limits?
Unfortunately there are age limits. Currently I can accommodate people ages 18+ and 16+ with a guardian.
I may be able to accommodate younger ages in climbing during Private Guided Climbing. Contact me for more details.
15. What if I am a solo adventurer?
For solo adventurers, I recommend taking a “Guided” Adventure and just letting me know what you want to learn. I am happy to do one on one instruction. Otherwise, all of my lessons are inclusive and we will get you paired up with the right person. Also, I will endeavour to run courses even if only one participant books in.
16. Will we be able to bath on multi day tours?
On multi day tours, I recommend a pack of baby wipes, or a cloth that we can boil daily, its nice to bring along some biodegradable camp suds, and trip dependant I may pack a shower bag to heat up in the sun. No where that we go will have showers unless we are in Squmaish climbing in which case there may be showers at camp or at the community centre.
17. Where will we camp on multi day tours?
There is a large variety of established camp sites throughout the Gulf Islands and the Broken Group Islands and the Deer Group.