About Ontario Sea Kayak Centre


Hello, we’re James and Dympna, partners and co-owners of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre. Before we ever met, we each fell in love with kayaking for the same reason, the remote, pristine and awe-inspiring places a kayak could take you. We both wanted to spend our life kayaking and sharing our joy of exploring wild places with others. We started OSKC in 2008, after we met while kayaking on Lake Superior. We have been working as outdoor leaders for over 20 years and regularly guide and instruct kayaking all over Canada. We also guide kayaking in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Our School

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is one of Canada’s leading sea kayak schools with instructors who are as passionate as we are. What sets us apart is the number of high-level instructors we have in our team. Our team teaches in a judgment-free inclusive and fun manner. We have the most experienced Instructor team in Ontario which is why even though we aren’t the cheapest we are the best school to progress with. We teach Paddle Canada skills courses and have a course that is right for paddlers of all experience levels. During the summer months, we host Paddle Canada kayak skills courses in multiple Ontario locations and offer guided sea kayaking adventures in our Province, Nationally, and Internationally. In September we run Canada’s longest-running traditional paddling event, Ontario Greenland Camp combined with our social Georgian Bay kayaking festival Paddlepalooza.

Our Trips

OSKC has expert instructors as well as certified and experienced wilderness guides. Our speciality is training paddlers and then taking them to some of the world’s most remote and beautiful locations to explore by kayak.

Over the years we have continued to expand our trip offerings beyond our Great Lakes and we now offer trips across Canada from the East Coast to the West Coast, to our pristine Northern waters. Internationally, we travel to explore the culture, mountains, and ocean waters of some World-class paddling destinations. We are certified, skilled and passionate guides who love nothing more than sharing the most breathtaking paddling trips we know of with our guests.

Our home base is in Parry Sound, Ontario, 2 hours north of Toronto. What makes us unique is our paddling centre which offers camping and glamping for you while you take a course with us. Our centre is located on a 10-acre wooded, waterfront location where we offer paddling courses, Georgian Bay day trips, and private skills development.

Our Pavilion building works as a classroom fully wired with Audio/Visual equipment and as a place to prepare and eat meals.

Prospector tent at our centre

Private lesson at our waterfront