Sea Kayak: Courses & Workshops
Please note: You must be a current VCKC member in order to participate in any courses or workshops. If you are not a member, you can join online by clicking the Join Us button in the blue header at the top of this page.
Courses dates are published on the main VCKC club calendar and on the Kayak Events page calendar. You can also check out the club newsletter to find out about upcoming courses and workshops.
Basic Kayak Skills
Requirements for Training/Assessment/Participation in VCKC Courses, Workshops and Clinics:
If you own a kayak it is recommended that you use your kayak to gain familiarity as you learn the skills. Club kayaks are available for course and often all 6 kayaks are used as newcomers have not yet purchased a kayak. It is also recommended that you purchase and use your own PFD, however, you may want to wait until after taking the Basic Skills Course.
Equipment: Kayak, paddle, sprayskirt, personal floatation device (PFD), sound signal (whistle), bailing device and throw rope. If you have booked a club kayak, a paddle and all safety gear (PFD's, etc) will be provided.
Workshops - We offer workshops/clinics on such topics as rescues, stroke technique, braces, rolling, currents, tides, navigation, chart reading and marine weather. These clinics are scheduled based on interest from members. If there is a workshop/clinic you would like to see happen, please contact the program director by email here
How to Register - for courses and workshops. Courses/workshops are open to VCKC members only.
A master list of members interested in kayak courses is maintained by the director or designate. This list is used to ensure that courses are offered according to the date that members register on the master list and/or complete each course. Members will be preregistered when a course is scheduled and a pending email sent out. The member then has the option to confirm the registration by paying the invoice. A waitlist is also created for each course and when members withdraw the spot is offered to the next candidate automatically. Each year an email will go out to members who have indicated kayaking as an interest area to provide the opportunity for members to update their information.
One week prior to a course open registration will be supported if the course is not full. To register simply click on the calendar item to review the course description, then use the Register link to register and pay online.
- Paddling jacket or dry top or rain jacket (to wear over wet suit)
- Polypropylene underwear - wicks moisture away from skin (to wear under dry suit)
- Light weight and medium weight fleece tops (for layering if temperature changes)
- Neoprene booties
- Teva style sandals with wool socks
- Aqua socks with wool socks
- Fleece or wool toque
- Rain hat and rain pants
- Neoprene gloves or old ski gloves
- Nose plug
- Swimming goggles
- Shorts and T-Shirt over bathing suit (for swimming pool)
NOTE: You will be practising rescue techniques in the water for Paddle Canada courses. This means you will get wet! Therefore, a wetsuit or dry suit is required. If you don't have a wetsuit please borrow or rent one. Otherwise, you may get too cold and may not be able to complete the course.
Wetsuits are available to rent from Sports Rent: 250-385-7368 http://www.sportsrentbc.com/