All VCKC Hosted Events

      Only future VCKC events appear on this page.  To see all events - past & future - view the complete Club Calendar or visit our Program specific calendars.

All Upcoming Events

    • 01 Feb 2020
    • (PST)
    • 23 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 49 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Saturday morning marathon canoe paddles from 8 am to 10:30 followed by coffee/ tea etc., occur year-round. This is a great time for anyone interested in knowing more about the marathon canoe program - minimum of small boat experience and/or canoe lakewater 1 required.  The program caters to every skill level from beginner to advanced competitor. Contact the marathon Director before attending.

    • 07 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 52 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 are opportunities for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Minimum of Lakewater 1 and small boat experience is required. If you are interested in attending, contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 01 Jul 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 52 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 are opportunities for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Small boat experience ans at least Lakewater 1 is required. If you are interested in attending  contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 29 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 14 sessions
    • Upper Gorge

    This is an opportunity for members to join each other and have some fun on the water. It is open to anyone from any program. We will be on the water for approximately 2 hours. The trip will be up to Portage Inlet and back, weather permitting.

    This would be a great opportunity to explore some new paddling experiences as part of a group

    • 03 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 26 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 13 sessions
    • Upper Gorge

    Registering for this event is a show of interest. It does not mean that you will attend every session.

    This is an opportunity for members to join each other and have some fun on the water. It is open to anyone from any program. We will be on the water for approximately 2 hours. The trip will be up to Portage Inlet and back, weather permitting.

    This would be a great opportunity to explore some new paddling experiences as part of a group.

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 13 sessions
    • Upper Gorge

    This is an opportunity for members to join each other and have some fun on the water. It is open to anyone from any program. We will be on the water for approximately 2 hours. The trip will be up to Portage Inlet and back, weather permitting.

    This would be a great opportunity to explore some new paddling experiences as part of a group.

    • 05 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Upper Gorge
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Improving your paddling technique helps increase the efficiency of your stroke, allows you to paddle longer and increases your ability to respond to changes in water or weather conditions. The correct paddle length is also important to effectively and efficiently move the kayak in the water.

    Dorthea Hoffman has agreed to conduct paddle stroke clinics for members on Saturday mornings. The clinic will give the opportunity for new and experienced paddlers to develop and improve their techniques. If you have your own kayak and paddle it is best to bring them to the clinic. If you require a club kayak contact kayakbookings@vckc.ca

    Each clinic will be limited to six (6) paddlers to allow for individual attention. Dorthea will include paddling with the Greenland paddle for interested parties as well. 

    Clinic are open to any member who has completed the Basic Kayak Course.

    Pre registration is required and the cost is $15.

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Upper Gorge
    • 4
    Register

    Improving your paddling technique helps increase the efficiency of your stroke, allows you to paddle longer and increases your ability to respond to changes in water or weather conditions. The correct paddle length is also important to effectively and efficiently move the kayak in the water.

    Dorthea Hoffman has agreed to conduct paddle stroke clinics for members on Saturday mornings. The clinic will give the opportunity for new and experienced paddlers to develop and improve their techniques. If you have your own kayak and paddle it is best to bring them to the clinic. If you require a club kayak contact kayakbookings@vckc.ca

    Each clinic will be limited to six (6) paddlers to allow for individual attention. Dorthea will include paddling with the Greenland paddle for interested parties as well. 

    Clinic are open to any member who has completed the Basic Kayak Course.

    Pre registration is required and the cost is $15.

    • 15 Dec 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Virtual by Zoom
    Register

    We're invited to the best (virtual) VCKC Christmas Party! 

    Join us December 15th from 7-8PM, from your own home via Zoom. 

    Plan to wear your best Christmas sweater and showcase your most outrageous drink.  We'll be giving out lots of (virtual) prizes!  And since the sky's the limit for (virtual) prizes this year, you won't want to miss this chance to win something (virtually) big and spend some time with your friends!  Put aside your paddles for an evening and join this fun-filled party. 

    Sneak peek, you won't want to miss our VCKC version of A Night Before Christmas...

    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • (PST)
    • VCKC
    Register

     This is the master list of members who are waiting to take Kayak courses through VCKC.  Please complete the registration form to be added to the list.

    The list is used to plan what courses VCKC will offer to ensure that our members are eligible to use club kayaks and participate in club sanctioned paddles.

    The date that your registration is entered is used to ensure that members are offered the opportunity to participate in courses based on how long they have been on the list. 

    Once you complete a course your registration will be altered to indicate the next course level and the date will also be updated.

    When courses are scheduled, the administrator will add potential participants based on this list. An automatic email will be send and individuals can either confirm by paying the course fee or withdraw by sending an Return email. The system will automatically register the next candidate from the wait list.

    The course will not be made public therefore you will not be able to self register.

    • 12 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Virtual meeting
    Register

    These are indeed strange times and due to current gathering limitations VCKC will not be able to hold the AGM in person but rather will be conducting a virtual meeting. 

    We are holding our Annual General Meeting online at 7pm Tuesday January 12, 2021. We are requesting members to register for the AGM in order that we can be sure the program is set up to accommodate all who wish to attend virtually. If you register for the meeting we will send you a Zoom link a day or two before the meeting with some basic instructions. 

    All participants will be placed in a waiting room when they log in. Once the executive is ready to commence the AGM you will be added to the meeting. When you are added your will be on mute. The moderator of the meeting will unmute each person as they are called to speak. In the participant section you will see an option to raise your hand. This will alert the moderator that you wish to speak. 

    For the purpose of voting we will be using the poll function of Zoom. When the vote is called you will receive a notice of the poll and be able to provide your answers. We will not be tracking the answers of individual participants. Only the final tally will be provided.  For voting purposes each member must sign into the meeting using a unique email to be able to vote.

    Call for Nominations - Joe Boyd is chairing the nominations committee. If you wish to nominate someone for a position please connect with him here. VCKC bylaws state that all executive positions are for a one year term. 

    Please register Here if you are interested in attending the AGM. Online registration will close two days ahead of January 12, 2020 so that we can finalize our work and setup our online accounts properly.

    The AGM agenda, program reports, proposed budget, and last year's minutes will be emailed to all members approximately two weeks before the AGM. The yearend financial statements will go out approximately one week prior to the AGM.

    • 03 Apr 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 04 Apr 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Cowichan Lake / River
    Register

     This course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of kayaking first on flat water and then applying these skills to in moving water It is suitable for people with little or no previous kayaking experience, who are confident in water and willing to get wet.  The course has theory components that will cover understanding and reading the river in addition to kayak maneuvering skills.  All skills are initially taught on flatwater (non-moving), including rescue techniques. Many of these skills are the building blocks for rolling your kayak, which takes considerable practice to master.  We will spend a little time introducing this skill prior to moving onto class 1 moving water on Day 2 of the moving water course but recommend that you take one of our rolling courses or clinics to further develop this skill. 

    Day 1 Flat Water Skills 

    This day covers all the components of the Paddle Canada Flat water Skills for river kayaking (8 hrs) 

    We will take time to complete all paperwork, understand boat design and kayak outfitting, preparing for cold water and appropriate protection clothing and communication signals.  Our on - water session will begin with wet exits and Bow – rescues, along with other rescue skills, to provide you with confidence in the water and kayak.  This sets you up to develop confidence and enhance your learning of skills and on moving water (day 2).  You will learn about balance and posture for paddling, the basic strokes required including: Sweep, forward, backward paddling, edging, low and high braces, draws, rudder strokes – stern draw and stern pry and forward ferry.  We will also learn the rudiments of rolling, river trip planning and river hydrology and hazards to avoid.

    Day 2 Moving water skills 

    This day when taken in addition to Day 1 (Flat Water Skills) covers the Paddle Canada Beginner River Kayak Skills

    Today, we will begin by setting up transportation at out take out location, review river safety, and spend some time transferring the flat water skills learnt on day one for river running, before beginning our journey down an easy flowing section of the river, where we will continue to practice and use all these skills.  These include: Ferrying, eddying in and out and an introduction to surfing small waves and leaning to swim and perform rescues in slow moving water.


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