|Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction on Hornby Island|
Ja-dai-aich Kayak Instruction is based on 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 nearly 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 of colonisation.
Ja-dai-aich Kayaking was named to honour the original peoples of this island, who undoubtedly knew its waters with an intimacy we can only feign.
Raised on the sea air and rain of coastal Bristish Columbia, my paddling career arguably began in a Klepper, asleep between my parent's legs. In 2004, I took my first kayak instructor course and began working as an instructor with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres, finding a passion and eventually a career.
In 2010, I undertook my first major sea kayak expedition, a two month journey along the BC coast as part of the Pipedreams Project team. I caught the expedition fever and began working for NOLS in 2013, leading multi-week wilderness expeditions in Alaska, Baja California, British Columbia and the Yukon.
I instruct and guide for SKILS, NOLS and Ecomarine, and am excited to bring my kayaking expertise to Hornby Island.
Faroe Des Roches is a Paddle Canada sea kayak instructor and instructor trainer.