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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a kayak rolling/rescue course from these people.
It was highly motivational educational and fun.
Pool sessions were easy and low stress and I actually completed a roll(I'm a big guy).
the lake session was good, unfortunately I spent more time talking to fish than rolling all the way around. Still tons of fun.
Loved the rescue skills, as thats my trade.
I like that they also rent craft at the site.
The store has a great variety of high qualty products and you get what you pay for.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank wcresponder
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Helli wcresponder,

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your course with us and that you appreciate the many different of facets of our business. We try and give our guests the best experience possible, whether that is through a course, rental or providing them with the gear they need for their adventure. It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. Please let us know how we can improve to make your review into a "5 star" review by contacting us at adventure@oceanriver.com

Best,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our family’s 5th time kayaking with ocean River Sports. We always have a good experience. The staff is always friendly and every member of the family walks away with good memories.
We are a large family and required many boats. When I called to see if they’d be willing to accommodate a kayaking excursion for 15 ppl on dec 27, Ben and his team were very helpful and happy to help us through the chaos and confusion of organizing a large group.
The waivers and payment process were painless, the organization once we got to the dock was appreciated. All the staff we encountered were so friendly. The safety instructions before getting into the kayaks were clear.
We even brought 2 toddlers on this trip! The whole experience was wonderful. Thanks again for a great time!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank StayFitLiveBetter
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear StayFitLiveBetter,

Thank you for your glowing review and for continuously choosing us for your kayaking adventures! We love to be able to get out big groups such as yours so the whole family can enjoy Victoria from the unique perspective of a kayak. We certainly appreciate every member of our family here and what they do to make things run smoothly. We hope to see you on the water again soon!

Take care,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed November 20, 2018

Just completed the Fall Level 1 two day kayak course with Janette! My second Ocean River course and I'll keep coming back. Janette is a terrific instructor, supportive, encouraging and so informative with information, hints and suggestions. I loved every minute! Thank you Janette and thank you Ocean River Sports :)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Judith C
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2018

Dear Judith,

Our sincerest thanks for taking the time out of your day to leave a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your Paddle Canada Level 1 course with Janette and we certainly echo your praise for her. She is indeed a terrific instructor and we are very lucky to have her on our team. It sounds like you are now hooked on kayaking! Please come back any time - we welcome you to join us again on the water!

All the best,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Sophie and Jannette hosted a small group of us on a kayak tour from their premises to a turn around by Harrison Island. They were helpful and friendly, gave us good advice for getting in and out of the kayaks, which was done dockside. They were always mindful of safety, keeping the group together and close to shore at strategic points and they also showed and promoted respect for the wildlife. The kayaks were good, with rudders and a bonus...rubber pads where the knees brace against the kayak.
Overall a very good tour and I would be happy to visit them again and recommend them to others.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jenny T
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2018

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for leaving a review and for joining us out on the water! It sounds as if you had an amazing experience with our gear, our guides and what our city has to offer. We believe viewing Victoria from the seat of a kayak is a not-to-be-missed experience! Sophie and Janette are informative, knowledgeable and safety-conscious and we are very lucky to have them on our team. We encourage you to come back and try another one of our adventures in the future!

All the best,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed September 20, 2018

An excellent place to get gear specific to kayaking or paddle boarding. Knowledgeable staff for rentals and lessons.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stopfer
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2018

Hello Stopfer,

We sincerely appreciate your review of our gear and staff here - thank you for that. It sounds as if you have experienced both sides to our business: retail and adventure, and we thank you for your kind words. Join us again anytime and see if we can give you another great experience.

Kind regards,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had so much fun with our guide Ben! He was a blast and so friendly and helped me figure out how to kayak. It was definitely a fun first experience for us going around Discovery island and seeing all the animals.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank starcalleralloria
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2018

Dear Starcalleralloria,

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to leave a review! It sounds like you had an amazing experience learning how to kayak with Ben - we are certainly lucky to have him. Please come back anytime and join us on the water again!

All the best,

The Ocean River Team

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