Hello to the VCKC Canoe and Kayak Program members.
A Club flatwater trip is planned for Family Day, Monday, February 17th 2020. This trip is for paddlers who have taken the basic courses*, have done some paddling since then, and are comfortable on the water. Including the driving, this will be a full day trip, probably 4 hours or so on the water.
* Basic Lakewater tandem canoe course or Intro kayak course
A trip at the north end of the Saanich Peninsual is planned - Pat Bay to Sidney - taking advantage of the ebbing tide. The current wind forecasts aren't promising: if they are the same on the weekend, a different route will be chosen.
Bring food and drink for the day as well as a complete change of clothing in a waterproof container - just in case.
Also dress for the forecast weather.
If you have a VHF radio and/or charts of the area, bring them along.
All boats must have the equipment specified by Transport Canada in the Safe Boating Guide - PFD/Lifejacket with a whistle or other sound-makingn device; a 15m heaving line, a bailer or pump. Club rules require a spare paddle per boat and, for canoes, painters at bow and stern.
Meet at the Clubhouse at 08.30 to pick up equipment and arrange ride-sharing.
If you need to borrow a Club canoe or kayak, contact the Canoe Program director email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a partner for a tandem canoe, we will do our best to find you one, but can't guaratnee this.
Please let me know by Saturday evening (Feb 15th) if you plan to take part.
If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at email@example.com or call 250-812-3799.