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 May 2021
    • 23 Apr 2022
    • 52 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.

    • 04 May 2021
    • 26 Apr 2022
    • 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].

    • 06 May 2021
    • 28 Apr 2022
    • 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].

    • 01 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    Register

     This is the wait list for members interested in attending a Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Course.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  

    Once a course has been scheduled you will have the opportunity to register for it. Potential registration is based on the length of time you have been on the waitlist. We are trying to ensure that the process is fair to all members. To guarantee your spot you must pay the invoice when registering for a course. 

    You must have signed the waiver prior to attending any course. The waiver is available on line.

    • 01 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    Register

     This is the wait list for members interested in taking the Paddle Canada Level 1 Course. Once a course is scheduled you will be notified and be able to register. Payment must be received at time of booking your spot or it will not be guaranteed.

    Members are offered the opportunity to register for a course based on meetIng course prerequisites and the length of time they have been waiting.

    If you have extensive kayak experience you may be able to start your certification process at this level.  You need to connect with the course coordinator at secretary@vckc.ca and an assessment will be arranged with one of the instructors.

    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 1
    Register

    Refine your skills and teamwork to quickly and efficiently paddle a tandem canoe in any direction. Master linking paddling manoeuvres together smoothly and efficiently to enhance your ability and enjoyment of canoeing. 

    Topics include:

        Running and regular sideslips

        Extended straight line paddling

        Sharp forward & reverse turns

        Bracing strokes

        Advanced tandem rescues (Wet/Dry suit recommended)

        Ropes and knots

        Canoe repair

        Handling wind and waves

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Advanced Tandem course in a full-day session normally 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.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 2 or equivalent.   You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.

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

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


    • 03 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Fleming Beach, Esquimalt
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,

    Come join us for a morning exploration of the coastline between Fleming Beach and the Fisgard Lighthouse.   We'll be launching at Fleming Beach in Esquimalt.  En route to the lighthouse we'll follow the shoreline.  There are many fun rocks for "noodling" and challenging yourself.  We'll stop for a short rest break at a beach near the lighthouse.  We are allowed to use the beach at the lighthouse, but you'll need a Parks Canada pass to visit the lighthouse.  After the break, our return paddle to will take us to the Brothers Islands then back to Fleming Beach.  Please see the paddle route below.  Note that this trip will not have a lunch break.

    If forecast winds are in excess of 7 knots this trip will be moved to an alternative "Plan B" trip at the same time and date.

    Registration Note:  All registrants will be first put on a waitlist and then notified when they are added to the trip.  Click on "Join Waitlist" to register.  It may take a few days for the trip leader to respond.

    This trip is open to solo kayakers and tandem canoeists. 

    The launch at Fleming Beach and the rest stop at the Fisgard Lighthouse have toilets.  Note:  Officially, you need a Parks Canada pass to use the lighthouse toilets.

    Paddle Distance approx 8.2km (4.4nm )

    Paddle Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/37338894

    Capacity:  15 boats 

    Trip LeaderMike Teachman

    Skill Level and Experience Relaxed

    Participants will have certification (or equiv skills) of:

    Paddle Canada Kayak Basic

    or 

    RCABC Canoe Lakewater 1

    If you are unsure about the suitability of your skills, equipment or clothing, please contact a trip leader for advice prior to the paddle date.

    The Plan (please read carefully):

    Our aim is to have everyone on the water by 10:00 am

    Please arrive at Fleming Beach by 9:15 am.  

    We anticipate being back to the launch by 1:00pm

    What to Bring

    Safety Gear:  Boats must carry the following safety equipment. 

    • PFD for each person (worn)
    • whistle
    • bailing device e.g. pump or bailer
    • throw rope
    • painter on both ends (canoeists only)
    • spare paddle (canoeists only)
    If anyone is licensed for marine VHF radio and has a radio, please bring it along

    Lunch:  We will not be making a lunch stop on this trip

    What to Wear

    This is a nearshore ocean paddle. As a minimum you will need to wear synthetic based clothing such as polypropylene, nylon, or wool. 

    Parking

    Fleming Beach parking lot. Drop your boats off near the ramp and move them to one side then park your car in the public parking area. We must do our very best to keep the boat launch area clear for vehicles with trailers. 

    Club Boats

    All club kayaks and canoes have been reserved for this trip.  You don't need to contact the booking volunteers at this time.

    About borrowing boats:  You are responsible for picking up, securing, transporting and returning the boat to/from Fleming Bay.  The club kayaks and canoes are heavy, typically around 60lbs.  It's best if those borrowing boats meetup at the clubhouse to help each other load and unload boats onto cars.  The trip leader will share contact information with everyone who is borrowing a club boat. If someone can tow a trailer, the club has a trailer that can be borrowed.

    Canoeists

    Both paddlers in a tandem canoe need to register for the trip

    Trip Contacts

    Mike Teachman

    Email:  mike.teachman@gmail.com
    Text:   250.507.5673

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 2
    Register

     This is the Basic/Level 1 Kayak Course. If you have not yet completed the Basic Certification you can register to complete that segment only.For the who have not received their Basic Certification that instructors will assess your performance of required skills and if applicable invite to to challenge the level 1 certification.

    There will be a Zoom session on Thursday October 14 as part of the course.

    All participants are required to bring a face mask and hand sanitizer as these will not be provided. All efforts will be undertaken to ensure appropriate social distancing, however, in the event that less than the 2 meters occur you will need these items.

    Participants will require appropriate clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session.These can potentially be rented from Frank White's Dive Shop or Coastal Bliss Adventures. If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or use a club kayak. Kayaks will be reserved for the course so there is no need to contact the booking volunteer

    Participants will be required to properly clean any equipment that is used at the end of the session.

    Due to the current participant restrictions a maximum of 7 registrants will be excepted. We could incense the registration to 8 if a member has their own kayak.

    Payment must be received at time of booking your spot or it will not be guaranteed.

    There is limited places for purchasing food around the Club so it is best that you bring a lunch, snacks and beverages.

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