Canoe Courses

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 a single canoeist. Lake Water 3 and 4 are the advanced courses for tandem techniques and solo paddling skill development. 

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem  offered September 11, 2021

Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo offered September 18, 2021

Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem offered October 2, 2021

Moving Water River Canoeing Courses

Moving Water Basic Tandem river paddling course - coming in Fall 2021 when water levels are adequate

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 3 evening Zoom sessions  and a 2-day ocean canoeing trip with camping, usually among the Gulf Islands. 

Canoe Tripping Courses 

Canoeing in the wilderness is, for many, the ultimate way to enjoy canoeing. For those new to overnight canoe trips (tripping), the Canoe Tripping Paddler course will provide practical skills and knowledge needed for fun, comfort and safety on your next wilderness canoe trip.  

The Canoe Tripping Leader course is designed to build sufficient skills and confidence on the path to becoming the leader of a multi-day wilderness canoe trip.  

For more more information about these Canoe Tripping courses, please contact the Canoe Director.

Canoe Instructor Certification

RCABC Lakewater 1 and 2 and/or Paddle Canada Tandem/Solo Intro and Intermediate (depending on candidate skill, experience and goals).

New Dates for 2021: Friday night to Sunday afternoon over 2 weekends - October 15 - 17 and 22 - 24.

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

Recertification $50 for VCKC members (Please call if you are not a VCKC member)

* 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:

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