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Tashii Paddle School

Tashii Paddle School

Tofino, BC

Tashii Paddle School is a local First Nations (Tla-o-qui-aht) owned and operated business. 
They specialize in outdoor education including first national cultural interpretation, paddle instruction, and tours that explore a variety of areas in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks.
They have been creating paddling opportunities for both tourists and the local community since 2012.
Owners Tsimka and Emre bring their guiding and instructing experience from canoeing (Tsimka had previously guided canoe tours with her sister Gisele Martin’s company Tla-ook), sea kayaking, and whitewater kayaking to the oldest and newest paddle sports on the west coast: Traditional Dugout Canoeing and Stand Up Paddle boarding, offering expert instruction, a truly unique paddling experience, and a source to the continued evolution of paddling on the west coast.
“T’ashii” is a Tla-o-qui-aht word meaning path on land or on water.The T’ashii Paddle School’s vision is to create a path to learning and connection with the natural environment through paddling.
From March to October T’ashii Paddle School offers guided tours in a 25 foot hand carved dugout canoe (carved by Tsimka’s father, Joe Martin). These tours are a window into local aboriginal culture and involve a walk through the old-growth rainforest showcasing 1000 year old red cedar trees.
Year round, T’ashii Paddle School also offers daily stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and tours from calm ocean inlets, to open ocean touring, to paddle surfing. In addition, T’ashii Paddle Schools offers 2 day coastal stand up paddle boarding courses focused on specialized instruction and skill development.

For site location and hours of operation, please click here for the Tashii Paddle School, 1258 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0


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