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].

    • 26 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 04 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA
    • 1


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

    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

    • 01 Oct 2020
    • 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 3:30 PM (PST)
    • Upper Gorge
    Register

    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
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • 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 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 26 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 13 sessions
    • Upper Gorge
    Register

    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.

    • 04 Oct 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Amherst Kayak Launch, Sidney
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,

    We're going to be headed to Portland Island for a day trip on Sunday October 4 2020.  Portland Island is north of Sidney and is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

    Our trip starts at the Amherst Ave kayak launch in Sidney.  We'll paddle towards Fernie and Gouge Islands to the north and then through Stranger pass between Knapp and Pym Islands.  From there it's a 2km open water paddle to reach Shell beach on Portland Island.  We'll have lunch there.  After lunch, our return trip will explore the shoreline of Portland Island to the Tortoise Islets.  Then, a 2km open water paddle back to Pym Island.  We'll follow the W shoreline of Coal Island and then across to check out what's happening at the Little Group islands and finally back to our launch at Amherst Ave.  About 10nm (18.5km) total distance.

    The Amherst launch does not have washroom facilities, but our lunch stop at Shell beach has pit toilets.

    Optional wet exit and rescue training to finish off the trip.

    Click here to see our route

    Paddle Distance approx 10nm (18.5km) which is roughly 4 hours of continuous paddling.

    Capacity:  Max of 12 boats

    Trip Leaders:  Mike Teachman, Ryan Ovens

    Skill Level and Experience Intermediate

    Participants will have certification (or equiv skills) of:

    Paddle Canada Kayak Basic

    or 

    RCABC Canoe Lakewater 1

    and 

    Have recent ocean paddling experience (e.g.  club or personal trips) and can paddle a distance of 10nm (18.5km)

    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

    If you are bringing your own boat arrive at the Amherst Ave kayak launch by 9:30 am.  

    If you will be borrowing a club boat or helping to transport a club boat meet at the VCKC clubhouse by 8:30am.   

    We anticipate being back to Amherst Ave between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

    What to Bring

    Safety Gear:  Boats must carry the following safety equipment. 

    • PDF for each person (worn)
    • whistle
    • bailing device e.g. pump or bailer
    • throw rope
    • painter on both ends (canoeists only)
    • spare paddle (canoeists only)

    Lunch:  We'll be stopping for lunch at Shell beach on Portland Island.  There are toilets.

    What to Wear

    This is an ocean paddle with an open exposed crossing. As a minimum you will need to wear a neoprene farmer john/jane wetsuit. For example, clothing such as nylon pants and synthetic top will not be allowed for this trip.

    Option to practice wet-exits, and rescues:   

    When was the last time you flipped your kayak or canoe and practiced getting out and then back in?  There will be no better time and conditions to practice this skill than right at the end of our trip, in the safe and warm-ish shallows of the bay at the Amherst launch.  This is 100% optional for everyone  There is no pressure at all to participate.   Usually this is fun with a lot of laughs.  There is guaranteed to be one rescue - Mike will be going in and will need someone to rescue him!

    Covid-19 safety

    Participants are asked to bring a face mask and hand sanitizer in case either is required.  We will maintain recommended Covid distances at all times during the event
    In order to be eligible to participate you will have attended an orientation session on the Covid protocols and signed a waiver.

    If you need to borrow a club boat

    send an email request to:

    kayakbooking@vckc.ca

    or

    canoebooking@vckc.ca

    Any participant who borrows a club boat will meet at the clubhouse at 8:30am for pickup.  And, return to the clubhouse afterwards to clean the boat and all accessories 

    Trip Contact

    Mike Teachman

    mike.teachman@gmail.com

    home:  250 598 6866

    text:  250 507 5673

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 11 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     This is the Basic- Level 1 Combo Kayak Course for individuals with some experience wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada. Day 1 will cover the Basic and Level 1 shared skills and Day 2 will cover the advanced skills and a trip beyond the upper gorge. For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down

    In the event that a participant is unable to demonstrate adequate skills to participate in the Level 1 portion (second day) they will receive a Basic Certification, partial refund and be invited to attend another Level 1 course later.

    The trip portion of the course will either be under Tillicum bridge to the harbour area or if that is not possible a site that requires transporting the kayaks. This is to ensure that the water conditions due provide a higher skill development option. For the trip segment you will need to bring lunch and refreshments.

    For the rescue segment on day 1 and day 2, participants will require a dry suit as water temperatures in the fall will be lower. If you don’t have a dry suit the instructor has some for rent ($30) paid directly to him.

    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.

    You must have attended the protocol orientation session and signed the waiver regarding the COVID protocol prior to attending the course. If you have not already completed this requirement contact kayak@vckc.ca to arrange a session.

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. If you will be using a club PFD your must bring a whistle as these are required when on the water.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak at kayabooking@vckc.ca. 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 6 registrants will be accepted.

    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.

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • VCKC Compound
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    This session is designed to provide members with information on how the new protocol will impact their access to the clubhouse, compound and equipment. It is a requirement to participate in any VCKC events and courses. At the time of the orientation you will have the opportunity to sign the new waiver. A waiver must be signed by each family member if yours is a family membership and any family member who will use equipment or access the clubhouse needs to attend a session.

    Please bring a face masks as for some parts of the session social distancing is less than the recommended 2 meters. You are all asked to bring hand sanitizer to use after you have touched items in the clubhouse.

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 1
    Register

    Become a river canoeist! Learn about the nature of rivers, how to prepare & manage for the challenges of moving water, and what to do when things don't go as planned.

    Topics include:

        Safety equipment, flotation and outfitting a canoe

        Managing river hazards

        Advanced strokes & braces

        Entering and exiting eddies

        Ferrying to cross the river

        River reading and group travel

        Rescues and swimming in rapids (Drysuit required - can be rented in town)

        Environmental and access concerns

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Tandem Moving Water course on a local island river over a weekend.

    All canoeing gear can be provided (except drysuit and helment, which can be rented in town), however you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you have it.  

    Due to the unpredictable nature of river levels at this time of year we have made it so you can register for the course, but not yet pay.   One week before the course date we will open up payment ability if the river levels look to be in an appropriate range.  If not we will then either postpone the course or cancel depending on rain forecasts.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 1 (or proof of 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.

    Note that dates may change to ensure safe water levels.

    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

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 25 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0
    Join waitlist

     This is the Basic- Level 1 Combo Kayak Course for individuals with some experience wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada. Day 1 will cover the Basic and Level 1 shared skills and Day 2 will cover the advanced skills and a trip beyond the upper gorge. For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down

    In the event that a participant is unable to demonstrate adequate skills to participate in the Level 1 portion (second day) they will receive a Basic Certification, partial refund and be invited to attend another Level 1 course later.

    The trip portion of the course will either be under Tillicum bridge to the harbour area or if that is not possible a site that requires transporting the kayaks. This is to ensure that the water conditions due provide a higher skill development option. For the trip segment you will need to bring lunch and refreshments.

    For the rescue segment on day 1 and day 2, participants will require a dry suit as water temperatures in the fall will be lower. If you don’t have a dry suit the instructor has some for rent ($30) paid directly to him.

    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. 

    You must have attended the protocol orientation session and signed the waiver regarding the COVID protocol prior to attending the course. If you have not already completed this requirement contact kayak@vckc.ca to arrange a session.

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. If you will be using a club PFD your must bring a whistle as these are required when on the water.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak at kayabooking@vckc.ca. 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 6 registrants will be accepted.

    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.

    • 25 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 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 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 before the course.

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


    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 8:30 AM (PDT)
    • 01 Nov 2020
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 4
    Register

     This is the Basic- Level 1 Combo Kayak Course for individuals with some experience wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada. Day 1 will cover the Basic and Level 1 shared skills and Day 2 will cover the advanced skills and a trip beyond the upper gorge. For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down

    In the event that a participant is unable to demonstrate adequate skills to participate in the Level 1 portion (second day) they will receive a Basic Certification, partial refund and be invited to attend another Level 1 course later.

    The trip portion of the course will either be under Tillicum bridge to the harbour area or if that is not possible a site that requires transporting the kayaks. This is to ensure that the water conditions due provide a higher skill development option. For the trip segment you will need to bring lunch and refreshments.

    For the rescue segment on day 1 and day 2, participants will require a dry suit as water temperatures in the fall will be lower. If you don’t have a dry suit the instructor has some for rent ($30) paid directly to him.

    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. 

    You must have attended the protocol orientation session and signed the waiver regarding the COVID protocol prior to attending the course. If you have not already completed this requirement contact kayak@vckc.ca to arrange a session.

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. If you will be using a club PFD your must bring a whistle as these are required when on the water.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak at kayabooking@vckc.ca. 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 6 registrants will be accepted.

    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.

    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (PST)


    • 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.

    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PST)
    • 355 Gorge Rd (VCKC clubhouse)
    Register

    If you would like to participate in club trips and/or receive very cheap training, then this is the meeting for you!

    Join me, Sebastian Piper, the new kayak director this Saturday to partake in a meet and greet, and have your opinions heard. This meeting will allow me to have a better understanding of active kayak members in the club, and what they are hoping to achieve on the water this year. It will also help create a basis for how many training programs/trips should be planned this year, and to what extent.

    Hope to see you there!



    Kayak Director

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