All VCKC Hosted Events

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All Upcoming Events

    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 12 May 2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Rd W


    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse & Peninsula


    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9

    VCKC has made a decision to cancel the event as part of our response to supporting efforts for controlled encounter with the Covid-19 virus.

    • 07 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    Details coming

    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 12 Apr 2020
    • To be determined
    • 8
    Register

    For many, going on wilderness trips is the ultimate way to enjoy canoeing, be it a weekend family getaway, or a remote, multi-day lake expedition. Fun, comfort and safety are attainable if paddlers are properly prepared.

    The Canoe Tripping Paddler course is designed for people wanting an introduction to going on wilderness lake trips. The course content is covered during the 2-day trip including an overnight camping experience. The course is great for anyone interested in learning more about tripping, and outdoor or schoolteachers that wish to develop their skills to become leaders.

    Prerequisite: RCABC Lakewater 1 (tandem) or 2 (solo) or equivalent. You need to be a proficient paddler as this course’s focus is on the tripping skills and not basic paddling taught in other courses.

    Duration: Minimum 2 days with 1 overnight

    Content: The most notable content of the course is the experience of heading out on a BC lake or canoe route. With everything you need with you in the canoe, and the leadership of an experienced instructor, this overnight tripping experience offers endless opportunity to build skills along the way. Included are:

    ·       properly loading canoes and waterproofing gear

    ·       rescues of loaded canoes

    ·       menu and food preparation, cooking and food safety

    ·       navigation and group travel and safety

    ·       environment and Leave No Trace

    ·       best camping sites, tents, stoves and tarps

    Some canoeing gear can be provided; however, you are strongly encouraged to bring your own canoe & equipment so that you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of how it performs for tripping.

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

    Course-specific details will be sent in advance by the instructor, Alan Thomson. Please email Alan for questions and further information littoral@shaw.ca


    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 5
    Register

    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).

    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 (Wet/Dry suit recommended)

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Basic 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
    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


    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse


    • 27 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse main floor and kitchen


    • 02 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cowichan River

    “Hooray, hooray, the first of May! We’ll Paddle the Cow from Lake to Bay” – credit to Tom Staebell

    VCKC will be holding its Annual “Running of the Cow(ichan)” this year on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd to 3rd. This is a two-day moving water event where we paddle the Cowichan River,  from Cowichan Lake all the way down to the ocean – river water levels permitting. This is open to all VCKC members who have completed Moving Water 1 (River) Canoe training.  

    On Saturday we will start at the weir at Cowichan Lake at 10 am and paddle down to Stoltz Pool camp. A shuttle will be set up for those who choose not to paddle the canyon.  At the camp, we will enjoy a great evening with a hearty meal and warm campfire to share tales of the day's events. On Sunday morning, we will pack up the camp and complete our paddle as far as the water levels will take us, with a final shuttle back to the vehicles.

    Camping is available at the Stoltz Pool Group Site in Cowichan River Provincial Park. Cost for the event is $25 per person and includes: Provincial Park camping fee for 2 nights, shuttle of canoes and canoeists to drop off and pick-up spots, and  dinner on Saturday night.

    Club members who are not paddling, may also join us for camping and our Saturday night dinner, as its a great place to hike and bike in the area. 

    VCKC also invites all moving water paddlers in the area for the weekend to celebrate the last great weekend of river paddling before the summer low water levels set in (well hopefully there will be a few more weekends).

     If you are interested in attending, please register or contact:

     canoe@vckc.ca

    • 16 May 2020
    • 18 May 2020
    • To be determined

    The RCABC Canoe Tripping Leader course is intended to build the skills and confidence to become the leader of a group doing a multi-day wilderness canoe trip. This tripping leader course can be taught on a lake or river (see prerequisites).

    WHO IS IT FOR?

    The course specifically targets:

    ·       School teachers

    ·       Outdoor program leaders

    ·       Canoe club trip leaders

    ·       Youth camp or youth organization staff

    ·       Recreational canoe trippers who want to take their skills to the next level

    ·       Lakewater Instructors wishing to become RCABC Canoe Tripping Instructors


    PREREQUISITES

    ·       RCABC Lakewater Level 1 (tandem) or Level 2 (solo) or equivalent

    ·       First Aid Certificate (16-hour program)

    ·       RCABC Movingwater Level 1 or2 (tandem or solo) - if leading on moving water.

    ·       RCABC Basic Ocean Canoeing - if leading on ocean

    ·       Trip Log: experience must include at least three 2-day trips (can be done after the course)

    DURATION – Minimum of 3 days with 2 overnights

    CONTENT

    • Properly loading canoes and waterproofing gear
    • Rescues of loaded canoes
    • Menu and food preparation, cooking and food safety

    ·       Navigation and group travel and safety

    ·       Environment and Leave No Trace

    ·       Camping sites, tents, stoves and tarps

    You are expected to have your own canoe and camping equipment.

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

    Course-specific details will be sent in advance by the instructor, Alan Thomson. Please email Alan for questions and further information: littoral@shaw.ca


    • 20 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


    • 24 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gorge Selkirk Waterway / 2940 Jutland Rd


    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 15 Jun 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Instructor Course or Recertification

    ·      RCABC Lakewater 1 and 2 and/or

    ·      Paddle Canada Tandem/Solo Intro and Intermediate

    depending on candidate skill, experience and goals.

    Dates: June 6-8 and 13-15

    Location:

    Victoria, in partnership with Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club (VCKC)

    Prerequisites:

    ·      Certified completion of RCABC Lakewater 1, 2 and 3 and/or Paddle Canada Tandem/Solo Introduction or Intermediate

    ·      All candidates must be strong paddlers

    ·      VCKC paid membership

    ·      RCABC and/or Paddle Canada paid membership

    Cost:

    Instructor Course $250

    Recertification $50 (or no charge for VCKC members)

    * Note that RCABC offers a $250 grant for successful completion of the course. Grants are awarded based on the need of instructors in a given region and/or a given instructor category. The application deadline for grants is March 30

    https://www.bccanoe.com/community/instructor-grants

    For information:

    about becoming an RCABC or Paddle Canada Instructor see:

    https://www.bccanoe.com/courses/become-an-instructor

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/instructor-candidate-registration/

    Or for more specific information and registration please contact:

    Ellie James

    250-885-8030

    Email: ejames123@shaw.ca


    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 16
    Register

    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).

    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 (Wet/Dry suit recommended)

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Basic 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
    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


    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gorge Selkirk Waterway / 2940 Jutland Rd


    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 8:20 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 7
    Register

    Learn to paddle a canoe by yourself, even in windy and rough conditions. You’ll adapt the paddling stokes learned in the Level 1 Tandem course to solo paddling while sitting in the centre of a canoe. You’ll gain independence as you enhance your understanding of how a canoe responds to each paddle stroke. By completing this course you’ll be able to branch out to the other courses the club offers, such as ocean tripping and the advanced tandem and solo courses.

    Topics include:

        Solo paddling positions and trim

        Pivot point

        Extending your strokes for better control

        Solo spins and sideslips

        Self-rescues (Wet/dry suit recommended)

        Effective reverse paddling

        Introduction to environmental ethics

        Access concerns

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo 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 1 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


    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Maffeo Sutton Park - Nanaimo


    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 23 Jul 2020
    • Southern Gulf Islands
    • 30

    Gulf Island camping trip July 19 to the 23rd.

    The main theme will be a relaxing tour, with a civilized restaurant meal each night. We will depart from the Sidney area on Sunday morning, and make our way to Port Browning on Pender Island, then to Montague Harbour on Galiano island. 

    There is room for up to 24 participants, but we can go with as few as 6. 

    Signing up is free for members until June 1. We will be asking for a $100 at that time to help plan and secure facilities.


    • 07 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Victoria Inner Harbour


    • 16 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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