|Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction on Hornby Island|
Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction is based out of Hornby Island, BC. Ja-dai-aich is the original Pentlatch name for the island and means ‘outer island.’ As all peoples of this coast, the Pentlatch were a canoe people, carving their seaworthy vessels out of large trees.
Kayaks are an arctic import. Built above the tree line, these stealthy hunting vessels were made of sealskin, whalebone and driftwood.
The Pentlatch were essentially exterminated by the 1860s, seventy years after the Spanish first landed on the shores of “Isla de Larena,” due to smallpox and other European diseases introduced with colonisation.
Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction was named to honour the original peoples of this island, who undoubtedly knew its waters with an intimacy we can only feign.
Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction seeks to provide an opportunity for Hornby Island residents and visitors to learn and improve sea kayaking skills, while deepening their connection to the waters that surround the ‘outer island’.
Raised off the sea air and rain of coastal Bristish Columbia, Faroe Des Roches has been in a kayak since she could sit up. Since 2004, she has instructed kayaking skills and marine safety to adults, youth and children. Faroe is a certified Paddle Canada Instructor and Instructor Trainer, as well as a SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide.
In 2010, Faroe undertook her first major sea kayak expedition, paddling for two months along the BC coast as part of the Pipedreams Project. She has since led multi-week wilderness expeditions in Alaska, Baja and British Columbia. These expeditions are centred around an experiential education curriculum focused on technical skills development, leadership, communication, environmental studies, and teamwork.
Faroe currently instructs for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and for Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres in Vancouver. She is excited to bring her kayaking expertise to Hornby Island, where she resides.
Faroe Des Roches is a Paddle Canada sea kayak instructor and instructor trainer.