|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 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 opportunities for Hornby Island residents and visitors to learn and develop sea kayaking skills, while deepening their connection to the waters that surround the ‘outer island’.
Raised on the sea air and rain of coastal Bristish Columbia, my paddling career really began in a Klepper, asleep between my parents' legs. In 2005, I took my first kayak instructor course and began working as an instructor with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres, slowly turning my passion into 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. For the past two years, I have had the honour of coaching at the Pacific Paddling Symposium in Victoria, BC alongside internationally renown paddlers from Canada and around the world.
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.