All VCKC Hosted Events

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All Upcoming Events

    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 38 sessions
    • VCKC

    5:30-6:00pm Get Organized / Warm Up

    6:00-7:30pm On the Water

    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Clubhouse

    Canoesday!

    What better way to enjoy these long days of summer than by getting out on the Gorge for an early evening paddle? Canoes and kayaks welcome. If there is an instructor onsite they will lead a paddle starting at 6:30 PM at the VCKC Clubhouse. If not then it's a good time for an individual practice paddle on the Gorge.

    Since its a club paddle all federal and club policies must be followed.  Wear a PFD at all times on the water.  All participants must have basic canoe or kayak certification.

    If you require a club kayak please send a request to: kayakbooking@vckc.ca (note there is no ‘s’ after booking). Or if you need a canoe please send the request to: canoe@vckc.ca.  For kayak or canoe bookings,  please email anytime after 6:00 pm on the Monday before the Tuesday paddle and remember to let us know if you have reserved but can't make it.   See you there!

    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe Program - Colquitz Middle School

    Contact: Jared Adams: jadams@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Two of Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe, Canada 

    PFDs, paddles, painters, bailers & throw bags

    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Upper Gorge

    SUP Clinic - 5:30 registration voyageur@vckc.ca

    Solstice paddle & BBQ - all other boats 6pm

    Join SUPs for a paddle on the Gorge. Bring something for the BBQ, something to share and we will provide a keg of beer to celebrate sommer and paddling!!!

    RSVP: Mary Marks: voyageur@vckc.ca

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Sea Kayak Level 1 (two day course)

    Cost: $80

    Prerequisites:
    Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director plus the following paddling experience:

    • Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours duration) in class-0 conditions
    • Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions
    • Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions

    Note: Invitations to register will be sent to individuals currently on the 2019 waitlists who meet the pre-requisites for the course.  Open registration will follow afterwards.


    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Unassisted Re-entry
    • Assisted Re-entry
    • Towing

    Paddling Skills

    • Launching and Landing
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Sweep Strokes
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Stern Rudder
    • Edge Control

    General Knowledge

    • Equipment and Equipment Care
    • Communication
    • Route Planning and Basic Navigation Techniques
    • Half-day Kayak Journey
    • Weather
    • Sea State
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Cold Issues and Sun Safety
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • History and Heritage
    • Kayaking Community and Resources
    • Vehicle Boat Tie Down

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Pearson College, Pedder Bay
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Sea Kayak Level 1 (two day course)

    Cost: $80

    Prerequisites:
    Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director plus the following paddling experience:

    • Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours duration) in class-0 conditions
    • Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions
    • Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions

    Note: Invitations to register will be sent to individuals currently on the 2019 waitlists who meet the pre-requisites for the course.  Open registration will follow afterwards.


    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Unassisted Re-entry
    • Assisted Re-entry
    • Towing

    Paddling Skills

    • Launching and Landing
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Sweep Strokes
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Stern Rudder
    • Edge Control

    General Knowledge

    • Equipment and Equipment Care
    • Communication
    • Route Planning and Basic Navigation Techniques
    • Half-day Kayak Journey
    • Weather
    • Sea State
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Cold Issues and Sun Safety
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • History and Heritage
    • Kayaking Community and Resources
    • Vehicle Boat Tie Down

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe Program - Colquitz Middle School

    Contact: Jared Adams: jadams@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Two of Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe, Canada 

    PFDs, paddles, painters, bailers & throw bags

    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse


    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    This course is designed for those who are new to kayaking or those who have been kayaking but have never taken any formal training. The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Prerequisites: None
    Cost: $45

    Club kayaks: available at no charge

    Note: Invitations to register will first be sent to individuals currently on a waitlist from 2019 courses. Open registration will follow, if there are any available spaces left.

    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Wet Exit
    • Assisted Re-entries

    Paddling Skills

    • Lifting and Carrying a Kayak
    • Launching and Landing
    • Emptying the Kayak
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Forward & Reverse Sweep Strokes
    • Pivots
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Edging

    General Knowledge

    • Kayak Part Names and Outfitting
    • Paddling and Safety Equipment
    • Injury Prevention
    • Sunsense
    • Collision Regulations
    • Navigation
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    This course is designed for those who are new to kayaking or those who have been kayaking but have never taken any formal training. The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Prerequisites: None
    Cost: $45

    Club kayaks: available at no charge

    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Wet Exit
    • Assisted Re-entries

    Paddling Skills

    • Lifting and Carrying a Kayak
    • Launching and Landing
    • Emptying the Kayak
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Forward & Reverse Sweep Strokes
    • Pivots
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Edging

    General Knowledge

    • Kayak Part Names and Outfitting
    • Paddling and Safety Equipment
    • Injury Prevention
    • Sunsense
    • Collision Regulations
    • Navigation
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • 01 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Gorge
    Register

    Join us on Canada Day as we celebrate by giving rides to the public on the Gorge and raise funds for local charity. We'll be taking a Dragon Boat and two Voyageur canoes to Kosapsom Beach at the Craigflower Bridge. This is part of GTCA's annual Canada Picnic.

    Register via the blue button to the left, or contact vpresident@vckc.ca to get involved.

    The clubhouse will be in use the full day as the Gorge-Tillicum Community Association will be holding their annual Strawberry Tea. .

    • 02 Jul 2019
    • 13 Jul 2019
    • Off Site Trip

    Big Canoe Program - Summer Trip

    contact: Tim or Mary Marks 250-642-7498

    voyageur@vckc.ca

    Tillicum and trailer off site plus safety gear off site

    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 07 Jul 2019
    • Nanaimo - Maffeo Sutton Park


    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 8:20 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 8
    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 Aug 2019
    • 11 Aug 2019
    • Victoria Inner Harbour


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