Erik Ogaard

Kelowna, British Columbia

Erik is forever drawn to the water and is truly in his element when paddling and coaching. He is equally passionate about sharing the paddling experience through instruction, coaching, guiding, mentoring and building a healthy paddling community as head of paddling instruction for Toronto Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre. Instructing since 1996, the majority of Erik’s experience comes from paddling on the unsalted waters of Ontario. Through Paddle Canada and the Canadian Paddling Community, Erik instructs and coaches across Canada and in International waters. Erik has a keen interest in physical fitness and technical paddling skills, as well as open rough-water kayak play.

Current certifications include Wilderness First-Aid Responder, Paddle Canada Level III Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer, Paddle Canada Canoe (Lakewater, Tripping) and SUP Flatwater and Touring Instructor Trainer. BCU Four Star and Three Star Sea Kayak Coach and a Personal Trainer under the national program of CanFitPro.


  • Paddle Canada Level-3 Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer
  • Paddle Canada Level-3 Sea Kayak Instructor
  • Wilderness First Aid Responder