Canoe Courses

Note: Some canoe courses are now scheduled but registration will be limited to waitlists until Provincial Covid-19 Restrictions for sports organizations are lifted.  Please add your name to the waitlist and we will do our best to accommodate everyone who wants to take canoe lessons.

Club membership is a prerequisite to enroll in courses. The JOIN US link above will take you to the membership application page.


Basic Lakewater I tandem course is an introduction to canoeing and a prerequisite for all further courses; the course is 8 hours long. Lakewater II is the basic solo paddling course. Lake Water III and IV are the advanced flat-water courses for tandem techniques and solo paddling skill development.

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem  offered May 15, 2021

Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem  offered June 12, 2021

Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo  offered June 19, 2021

Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem - coming soon

Canoe Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo - coming this August

Ocean/Coastal Canoeing

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. 

Ocean Canoeing offered evenings of May 4, 5, 6 and May 15/16, 2021  

Skills Clinics

Canoe Stroke Clinic - April 24 and June 12, 2021

Moving Water River Canoeing

Moving Water Basic Tandem river paddling course - coming in Fall 2021

Canoe Tripping 

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).

Dates: Not Scheduled at This Time

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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