Canoe Courses

Club membership is a prerequisite to enroll in courses. 

To register for a canoe course look at  the Club calendar or the Canoe Event Calendar. Courses will be listed on dates they are available. Click the link of the course of the date you want to take it and proceed to registration.

Lakewater Canoeing Courses

Lakewater  Basic Tandem Canoeing is an introduction to canoeing and a prerequisite for all further courses.

Lakewater  Basic Solo Canoeing develops a learners skills through understanding how the canoe responds to each of the paddle strokes.

Lakewater  Advanced are 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. 

Canoe Instructor Recertification

Not offered at this time.  For more specific information and please contact Ellie James:

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 Basic and Advanced Tandem and Basic Solo 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:

James McBeath

Canoe Director

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