Club membership is a prerequisite to enroll in courses. The JOIN US link above will take you to the membership application page.
Lakewater Canoeing Courses
Lakewater I Basic Tandem Canoeing is an introduction to canoeing and a prerequisite for all further courses. Lakewater 2 Basic Solo Canoeing develops a learners skills through understanding how the canoe responds to each of the paddle strokes. Lakewater 3 and 4 are the advanced courses for tandem techniques and solo paddling skill development.
Moving Water River Canoeing Courses
Moving Water Basic Tandem river paddling course are offered when local river conditions are safe for learning.
Ocean/Coastal Canoeing Courses
The course introduces the students to ocean paddling, including understanding tides and currents, navigating with a compass, and the use of tide and current tables and charts. The course includes 2 evening Zoom sessions and a 2-day ocean canoeing trip with camping in the Gulf Islands.
Ocean Canoeing NEW July 11 and 12th (classroom session 6-9pm) and July 16-17 (overnight trip)
Canoe Instructor Recertification
Not offered at this time. For more specific information and please contact Ellie James: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canoe Instructor Certification
RCABC Lakewater Instructor 1 and 2 and/or Paddle Canada Tandem/Solo Intro and Intermediate Instructor (depending on candidate skill, experience and goals).
Location: Victoria, in partnership with Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club (VCKC)
· Certified completion of RCABC Lakewater 1, 2 and 3 and/or Paddle Canada Tandem/Solo Introduction or Intermediate
· All candidates must be strong paddlers
· VCKC paid membership
· RCABC and/or Paddle Canada paid membership
Instructor Course $250
* Grants to cover the costs for new instructors are available through VCKC if they are willing to volunteer for VCKC.
For information about becoming an RCABC or Paddle Canada Instructor see:
For more specific information and registration please contact:
Ellie James: email@example.com