Photography and Rope Skills Clinics

Adventure Photography

Combine your passion for outdoor sport and photography in one amazing experience

In this full-day outing, you will learn how to enhance your photography skills and, at the same time, participate in your own exciting adventure. Upon arrival to Bowen, you will be transported to a scenic location where you will experience the thrill of rappelling down a climbing wall to capture images. With a focus on action photography, you will also cover the fundamentals including composition, lighting, relating to the environment, and improving your eye for detail.

This experience is for those who:
• Are of any photographic skill level, both amateur and professional
• Already own and know how to operate your SLR camera
• Are keen on having your own outdoor adventure

In the photography clinic, you will learn how to:
• Tell a story with your photos
• Make best use of both natural and artificial lighting for the outdoors
• Capture the magic moments in action photography

In the rope skills clinic, you will learn how to:
• Efficiently pack the necessary gear
• Tie the essential knots and secure yourself into a harness safely
• Rappel yourself into a hands-free position to get the shot

By the end of the day, you will be able to impress others will your “living on the edge” shots as well as having had a rewarding day of fun. Upon returning to the Cove, we will celebrate our adventure with a treat at a local’s favourite hangout.

Mario Silva

Adventure Photographer

Mario is passionate about our beautiful world, especially the ocean, and creating impressing imagery characterized by a documentary style. Born in Portugal, raised in Northern Germany, and now based on Bowen Island, he has always lived close to the ocean. It is where he loves to spend his days with his camera. His work as a professional freelance photographer covers outdoor, lifestyle, and people photography.

Baz Cardinal

Rope Skills Instructor

Baz thrives on those not-as-frequent sunny days on the west coast when he can get out to climb. He has an extensive background in rock climbing, rigging for rescue, and rope access work, and has taught climbing both indoors and outdoors for 15 years. He spends much of his free time dreaming up new scenarios to make best use of his rope skills. That, and about his next climbing adventure.


7 hours

Group size
Min 3/Max 5


Physical level
• Low to moderate
• No climbing experience necessary

2019 Dates

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11:30 a.m.*  Meet at designated location for welcome
11:45 a.m.  Be transported to workshop location
12:00 p.m.  Photography clinic
1:00 p.m.  Rope skills clinic
2:00 p.m.  Lunch break
2:30 p.m.  Adventure photography immersive experience
6:00 p.m.  Return to Snug Cove and enjoy a celebratory beverage at a local’s favourite hangout

*Please be aware if you miss the meet-up time, the group will leave as scheduled without you.

Weather guarantee

In the event of rain or inclement weather, the class will be cancelled and a full refund issued. You will be notified 24 hours in advance.

What to bring

• SLR or DSLR camera
• Day pack
• Proper walking or hiking shoes as you will be walking on uneven terrain with potential tripping hazards such as rocks and roots
• Weather-appropriate clothing (e.g. for warmer days wear wicking material, for cooler days wear layers; for rainy days wear a waterproof jacket and shoes)
• Sun protection such as sunscreen and a hat
• Vessel for drinking water
• Snacks or picnic lunch

Physical ability

All adventurers need to be in good physical health in order to fully participate. When selecting your adventure, please make sure you have read through the description carefully and assess your ability to cope with the activities involved. Please note that if, in the opinion of the instructor or guide, any participant is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Bowen Island Adventures reserves the right to exclude them from the adventure without refund.

Medical and travel insurance

Emergency Medical Insurance for this activity is recommended for all out-of-province participants. When selecting a travel insurance policy it is recommended that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. For multi-day events, we suggest the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We recommend Covermore by Manulife Insurance for Canadian travellers.