Best friends and business partners Harmony-Dawn and Kharma

created Urban Ocean to encourage, educate and empower you on and off the water. 



Passionate About Inspiring others Harmony Dawn grew up in and on the water with her love of the outdoor beach lifestyle leading her to start a business in 2009.  As a multi-certified instructor, Harmony has spent the last 8 years travelling internationally to teach instructor certifications, lead retreats and compete as a stand uppaddle athlete in some of the world's largest sup races.


As the founder of Eastern Ontario’s first stand up paddle  company,Urban Ocean's SUP Ottawa and the Valley, Harmony has passionately put Canada's capital on the Stand Up paddle  map with classes offered both outdoor in Ottawa and the Valley as well as indoor in Ottawa's Westboro Community Dovercourt Recreation Centre's  warm water pool during the winter months. 


Now living in Hood River, Oregon,  Harmony has teamed up with her husband legendary Whitewater Pioneer, Dan Gavere, to create Whitewater SUP Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge. 

uses breath work not only to help find stability on the ripples the paddleboard creates when moving thru her yoga practice, but also to help focus as she takes her board down whitewater rapids.  Her classes will challenge and inspire both the first time and experience alike.

  • World Stand Up Paddleboard Association-Master SUP Instructor Trainer

  • Paddle Canada Flatwater SUP Instructor Trainer

  • Amercian Canoe Association Level 2 SUP Instructor

  • Paddlefit Pro Level 2 Instructor

  • World Paddle Association Level 2 Water Safety Instructor

  • National Lifeguarding Society Instructor

  • Red Cross & Royal Lifesaving society swim instructor

  • 200 Hour Yoga Instructor 

  • Radiant child level 2 yoga instructor

  • Senior Yoga, Chair Yoga & Yin Yoga instructor

  • Onboard SUP Yoga instructor, Yoga Aqua Instructor

  • Surfset Instructor

  • Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer

  • First Aid, CPR, and AED


  From a young age she could be found swimming in the backyard pond or exploring the options of playing with new friends such as lizards and porcupines! 

When Harmony began paddling in 2009 there was no keeping this adventurous water lover on the beach, despite trying to leave her there to babysit the kitten she had befriended.  Instead Kharma taught Monster ( the kitten) to be a paddle cat.  These two fur friends enjoyed their time on the water so much they once played with a faucet and then sat on the couch and watched as the water rose around them and flooding the basement!  While an accident left Kharma with a physical disability her strong spirit and determination had her bounding with joy at the opportunity to paddle,  often letting herself out of the house to go for a swim with the dolphins and having Harmony and her husband paddling out after her.  

Kharma was known to get her way, from which board she rode to insisting she get to go on the whitewater rapids too. She was inspiring with her friendly puppy like personality on the beach to her big smile as she laid on a board dangling her paws in the water.  
                                        RIP 1995-2016

Our team of certified instructors provide quality Stand Up Paddle Education with emphasis on safety, technique, and fun! We offer Ottawa and the Valley a variety of specialty experiences including SUP 101, SUP Fitness and Yoga, SUP Racing, Whitewater SUP and Instructor Certification courses.  

We appreciate each individual's unique capabilities and strive to give each person the attention they deserve. We foster self-confidence, community spirit and an active, healthy lifestyle for our clients.

Outdoor lover, Colleen grew up riding horses, & competing on the show circuit. When not at the barn on her days off you find her on the water. A natural the first time she picked up a paddle, she enjoys any time she is able to further her paddling skills by taking advantage of any opportunity to learn from a visiting SUP athlete.
SUP Instructor Colleen teaches SUP kids.
Energetic Kaylah took a class in 2012 and was instantly hooked, attending classes a couple times a week she became inspired to do her a SUP and Yoga certifications and a year later began teaching.
Competitive horsewoman Deb came out to try a new sport, despite falling in a few times her first try ( it's nothing like falling off a horse) and she was hooked. This hardworking animal lover inspires us with her early morning barn life, and business skills. She can be found paddling year round with the SUP pool fitness classes, socials and women's programs.
Yoga and Fitness Instructor Stacey joined us after Harmony went to one of her land classes and was impressed with her seemingly endless energy while doing an abs sequence that leaves the rest of us breathless! Stacey's classes are fun and challenging.
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