Coastal Current Adventures (formerly Island Escapades Ltd.) was created due to Jack Rosen and Candace Snow’s love of the outdoors and their passion to educate youth through experiential learning. Our programs focus on outdoor learning, environmental education and group dynamics. Co-founder Jack has worked with youth for over 28 years in government agencies, schools, and privately with this business. His experience and knowledge is vast and the energy and enthusiasm that he exudes is addictive. The staff he has trained and who help co-ordinate the programs are compassionate, fun, experienced, extremely knowledgeable and safety conscious.
All guides have years of experience in the outdoors andworking with Youth: * Certified by the SKGABC (Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C.) * Wilderness First Aid Certified * Hand Held Marine Operators license * Inter-tidal and Interpretive Training * Climbing and Belay Certified Coastal Current Adventures understands the budget constraints that teachers must work with and have compiled a varied slate of programs offering a wide price range and choice of activities. We have aimed to meet curriculum demands by having teachers place their input into program development. This year we are offering special rates for any classes bringing more than 15 students. All our overnight programs are camping or expedition-oriented. Groups do have options of staying in Cottages or Cabins. The all-inclusive camping programs based out of Ruckle Park can have any of the activities listed below. Programs are tailor made to suit your class needs, giving a balance of adventure activities and education modules.
Ruckle Park Day Programs
This has become a very popular program for schools in the Victoria and Vancouver area. We provide transportation from the Fulford or Long Harbour ferries to and from Ruckle Provincial Park. Day programs at Ruckle may offer leadership initiatives, any of our Eco Education programs, intertidal sessions, hikes, or even kayak sessions (extra pricing). These exciting day programs can include lunch or students can bring their own. Ruckle is a spectacular park located on the ocean in the south eastern side of Salt Spring. The 1200 acre working farm and coastal park is a perfect setting for outdoor education programs or team building activities. We have been running programs here for 24 years so we know the area intimately and can set up a program tailor made to suit your educational/outdoor needs.
Full Day without lunch…$80/person Full Day with Lunch…$90/person
These all inclusive programs are either expedition-based, lodge- based or camping-based at Ruckle Park. They include all your adventure activities & eco ed programming, plus full camping gear, food and instructors. Expedition programs visit National and Provincial parks in the southern Gulf Islands
Ruckle Park Camping…$135/person/day
Initiative tasks & team building
West coast crafts
The great survival race
Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey
If you are pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Award most of our programs meet all or the majority of the requirements. Choose a Kayaking Expedition Camp and come knowing you will be supported in your goals! Customize expeditions for groups of 4 or more or ask about joining a pre-existing one-week Camp. Whether you are navigating coastal waters, cooking a delicious dinner over a campfire, or taking in the majestic marine life on your Gulf Islands kayak expedition, you’ll find an empowering team spirit to unleash capabilities you’ve never imagined. Bronze: Join any camp or customize your own three-day Adventure Journey upon request – $525. Silver/Gold: Join any of our pre-existing one-week kayaking camps Note: It is important to discuss with Coastal Current Adventures and the Duke of Edinburgh office to ensure you meet all the pre-trip and practice trip requirements and not just the Adventurous Journey.
These modules can be added to Overnight and Day Programs
Explore the intertidal zone of Salt Spring Island by kayak. Exploring by kayak allows us to get right up along the shoreline where we can view sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs and many other species. All of these species are dependent on each other for survival. Human interaction with this ecosystem, if negative, can have grave consequences on the entire ocean. With this program you will not only learn about the intertidal zone you will also learn some of the finer points of sea kayaking. Explore the intertidal zone of Salt Spring Island by kayak. Exploring by kayak allows us to get right up along the shoreline where we can view sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs and many other species. All of these species are dependent on each other for survival. Human interaction with this ecosystem, if negative, can have grave consequences on the entire ocean. With this program you will not only learn about the intertidal zone you will also learn some of the finer points of sea kayaking.
The waters around Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands are filled with marine mammals and birds including seals, sea lions, mink, river otters, whales, porpoise, dolphins, seasonal ducks, shore birds and raptors. These Creatures are greatly affected by boats, air traffic and human pollutions. We will examine the behaviour of these mammals and their interactions with other mammals including humans.
With this program you will walk through a variety of areas on Salt Spring Island, including Mt Maxwell Provincial Park and Ruckle Provincial Park along the waterfront. This program is aimed at teaching about the different native plants that are found on Salt Spring Island with many of these species being found throughout the south coast of British Columbia.
In addition to the natural studies we are offering a comprehensive study on the First Nations people who used Salt Spring Island as village sites. In this section students will learn about traditional fishing, hunting, travel, cooking and building. Students will travel by kayak a historic means of transportation for First Nations to a midden beach where they will be shown tradtional pit cooking techniques and will have the opportunity to build a ceremonial sweat lodge. While cooking and building students will have an opportunity to use traditional tools as well. Students will visit historic landmarks for the First Nations on Salt Spring and will learn about the First Nations people who live in Canada, British Columbia and on Salt Spring Island.
This program is aimed at teaching students about the fresh water ecosystems and how the streams and lakes shift from being full of life to there eventual death. Students will examine many of the different micro-organisms found in the fresh water ecosystem, while studying with biologists and members of the Cusheon Lake watershed society. Students will examine birds and mammals that reside on the lake including Beaver, Otter and Nutria.
This program is aimed at teaching forest sustainability. Students will visit a first growth forest on Salt Spring Island Mill Farm between Mt. Bruce and Mt Tuam. They will then be taken to Seven Raven farms where they will be given a tour and talk about forest sustainability and what this means to residents of Salt Spring and British Columbia.
Students will also be given information on wwoofing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) opportunities and see first hand what logging does to slope stability and soil erosion.
Coastal Current Adventures understands the budget constraints that teachers must work with and have tried to compile a varied program offering a wide price range and choice of activities. We have aimed to meet curriculum demands by having teachers place their input into program development. All our programs are camping or expedition oriented unless you choose the Cottage based Accommodations. All inclusive programming can include all items from the A la Carte Menu and any/all education modules.
Camping & Expedition Programs
In most cases, we are able to pick your group up at any of the three Salt Spring Ferries and transport you to Ruckle Park or Cusheon Lake. The Rental Program allows you to come with minimal gear and count on Coastal Current Adventures to provide: tents, sleeping pads, stoves, propane, pots/ pans/ cleaning utensils, and even the food. (Sleeping bag rentals available)
A La Carte Menu
Groups can rotate from one element to another so if you have a group of 36 students, 18 can go ocean kayaking while 18 go climbing, then the group rotates from one activity to another.
Expedition Programming These all-inclusive programs may include any of the optional modules plus an array of environmental education in the field as we view marine mammals, intertidal life and sea birds. We set up camp at various Provincial and National Marine Parks around Salt Spring. These camp sites include Wallace Island, Dionisio Marine Park on Galiano, Prevost Island, Valdez & Tent Island or Princess Margrette Island. First day programs can include a 3-hour rescue course on Cusheon Lake, prior to heading out to the Parks. Programs are diverse and action packed with Team Building Initiatives, First Aid Scenarios, Survival skill training, Navigational skills and Route Planning. Groups can also set up Rock climbing sessions and do several of the education modules including Native Sweat Lodges. These programs are an unforgettable experience!! Please view our web site in the Photo Gallery to view pictures. Non Summer Bookings (September to June) $155 per person/ day Summer bookings (July and August) $175 per person/ day
Please contact us if you have any questions or require more information.
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs We offer programs for ESL students and staff. Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on trips around Salt Spring or the Gulf Islands.