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 each of the paddle strokes.

Lakewater 3 and 4 are the advanced courses for tandem techniques and solo paddling skill development. 

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem  Sunday March 12th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo  Sunday March 19th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem Saturday April 8th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo Sunday, April 30th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo Saturday, May 20th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem Saturday, May 27th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem for Women  Saturday, June 17, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo Saturday, June 24th , 2023

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem Sunday, September 17th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Moving Water River Canoeing Courses

Moving Water Basic Tandem river paddling course are offered when local river conditions are safe for learning. 

Canoe Moving Water 1 - Tandem April 15th & 16th, 20223

Canoe Moving Water 1 - Tandem October 14th & 15th, 2023

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 May 29 & 30 Classroom, May 3 & 4 Ocean Trip 

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 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:

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