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Canoe Lakewater - Basic Tandem, Sayward Overflow

  • 23 May 2024
  • 02 Jun 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • 23 May 2024, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 02 Jun 2024, 8:30 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • VCKC Clubhouse


  • Club members who are paying $30 to take this course for the first time. You will be invoiced and payment requested 14 days prior to the course.
  • For members who have previously taken this course at VCKC. Members paying for the course will have priority.


Canoe Lakewater - Basic Tandem

This course is $30. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

There will be a theory session on the Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the clubhouse followed by a water session on the Gorge beside the clubhouse on Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM.  

Start all your paddling adventures with this introductory course. Whether you are a first-time paddler or with some prior experience, discover the essential skills, manoeuvres and knowledge to safely paddle a tandem (two-person) canoe, either from the bow (front) or stern (back).

Capsizes and rescues are part of the course.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit, these can be rented in town. Sports Rent Coastal or dive shops have rentals available. 

Topics include:

    Canoes, paddles, PFDs and other gear

    Paddling positions and boat trim

    Launching and landing

    Forward, stopping and reverse paddling

    Basic turns while paddling forward

    Spins and sideslip manoeuvres

    Storing and waterproofing gear

    Canoeing safety guidelines and equipment

    Handling waves and wind

    Capsizes and rescues 

Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Basic Tandem course in a full-day session held on the Gorge waterway near the VCKC clubhouse.

All canoeing gear can be provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own equipment if you have it.

You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

Course-specific details will be sent by the instructor before the course.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca 

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