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

    • 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].

    • 20 Mar 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 03 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Victoria to Port Angeles
    Register

    2021 marks the 40 Anniversary of Paddle for the Kids and you don’t want to miss the event. This year’s virtual event will look a little different. The event will be open from March 20 to May 3.  The objective will be to paddle the equivalent distance between Victoria and Port Angeles (return trip) which is approximately 45.18 nautical miles (84 km). Paddlers can participate in either a canoe, kayak, OC1, or SUP or a combination of these. As well, other outdoor activity such as running, walking, hiking or cycling also qualifies! You get to choose your locations, dates and time for each paddle or activity. Any paddle you undertake during this time frame can count whether a leisurely trip on the upper gorge or a day trip elsewhere.

    Paddlers will have almost 2 months to complete the distance. Each paddler will maintain a log of their trips, via our new Paddle for the Kids Webpage. The webpage will compile an ongoing tally of all trips and distances, and we'll share this information to all members on our website, in the newsletter and on the VCKC Chat Page so that all members can see the progress and cheer on participants. We encourage participants to send in pictures as well.

    As in past years the event is a fundraiser for Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan. 

    VCKC will host a virtual start and finish via our Zoom platform. This will provide some camaraderie and the opportunity to congratulate our participants as well as for Easter Seals to accept the funds and thank the participants.

    • 17 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or with limited kayaking experience.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    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 3 meters occur you will need these items. It is suggested that you plan to participate with someone you know as there will be an assisted rescue segment.

    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.

    Some aspects of the training will occur via Zoom. Successful registrants will be provided the Zoom information prior to the course. Some aspects of the session will be outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the gorge can be cold this time of year. These can be rented from  Sports Net.

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. You will be required to bring a whistle as these are mandatory when on the water and not currently on club PFD's due to COVID restrictions.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak through the booking coordinator here. 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 excepted.

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


    • 17 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Compound
    • 1
    Register

    This session is designed to provide members with information on how the new protocol impacts their access to the clubhouse, compound and equipment. It is a requirement to participate in any VCKC events and courses. Many of the cleaning protocols in place will continue so it is a good idea to understand them.

    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.  Any family member who will use equipment or access the clubhouse needs to attend a session and have a unique waiver signed.

    Please bring a face masks and hand sanitizer to use after you have touched items in the clubhouse.

    • 18 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or with limited kayaking experience.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    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 3 meters occur you will need these items. It is suggested that you plan to participate with someone you know as there will be an assisted rescue segment.

    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.

    Some aspects of the training will occur via Zoom. Successful registrants will be provided the Zoom information prior to the course. Some aspects of the session will be outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the gorge can be cold this time of year. These can 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. You will be required to bring a whistle as these are mandatory when on the water and not currently on club PFD's due to COVID restrictions.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak through the booking coordinator here. 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 excepted.

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


    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Compound
    • 6
    Register

    This session is designed to provide members with information on how the new protocol impacts their access to the clubhouse, compound and equipment. It is a requirement to participate in any VCKC events and courses. Many of the cleaning protocols in place will continue so it is a good idea to understand them.

    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.  Any family member who will use equipment or access the clubhouse needs to attend a session and have a unique waiver signed.

    Please bring a face masks and hand sanitizer to use after you have touched items in the clubhouse.

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Upper Gorge
    • 0

    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.

    • 25 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Fleming Beach, Esquimalt
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,

    It's time to take a tour of the Inner Harbour on Sunday April 25 2021.  We will follow the shoreline around Macaulay Point, behind Harrison Island to McLaughlin Point where we'll pass the sewage treatment plant as we turn into West Bay. Continuing around West Bay we'll paddle our way past Lime Bay (Spinnaker's Pub) and follow the shoreline to experience the 'kayak bypass' under the Victoria International Marina at the Songhees walkway. We'll stop at a small beach along the Songhees walkway just before Songhees Point for lunch - remember there are no washroom facilities. After the break we will cross to the other shore (Laurel Point Inn) and paddle along past the Coho Ferry dock to the V2V Ferry dock in front of the old wax museum building (now the Bateman Gallery). Here we'll scoot around past the float plane base as we head to the Johnson Street Bridge where we'll swing across to the far shore and follow the coastline back to Songhees Point where we will cross back over to Laurel Point for a paddle past Fisherman's Wharf. At the Coast Guard base we will complete our full-circuit tour of Victoria's inner harbour and make our final crossing over to Berens Island where we will noodle along the coast on our way back to Fleming Beach

    If forecast winds are in excess of 7 knots the paddle will be cancelled.  An alternative paddle "Plan B" may be offered to confirmed registrants.

    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

    An objective of the trip is demonstrating how to paddle safely in the Inner Harbour, following the Port of Victoria traffic rules.  Please familiarize yourself with the restricted areas and "safe crossings" for Victoria Harbour ahead of time.

    This trip is open to solo kayakers and tandem canoeists.  Canoe partners need to be members living in the same household

    The launch at Fleming Beach has toilets but our planned rest stop does not.  

    Paddle Distance approx 12.0 km (6.5nm )

    Paddle Routehttps://photos.app.goo.gl/nHH8Sg6iSZG3R7NaA

    Capacity:  8 people

    Trip LeaderCraig Thomson

    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 3:00pm

    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'll be stopping for lunch at the gravel beach in front of the Delta Oceanfront Hotel (Songhees Point) for about 30 minutes.  There are no toilets or facilities.

    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. We will be launching from Fleming Beach, which is approx 100m down a flat, paved path to the left of the boat launch

    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.

    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.

    You are responsible for picking up, securing, transporting and returning the boat to/from Fleming Bay. The trip leader will NOT be attending the clubhouse

    Trip Contacts

    Craig Thomson

    Email:  seakayak.craig@gmail.com
    Phone & Text:   250.213.2507 

    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 5:30 AM (PDT)
    • Upper Gorge
    Register

    This clinic is for members who want to practice the various rescue techniques

    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 5:30 AM (PDT)
    • Upper Gorge
    Register

    This clinic is for members who want to practice the various paddle stroke  techniques

    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBA
    Register


    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    Register

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or with limited kayaking experience.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    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.

    All aspects of the training will occur outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the gorge can be cold this time of year. These can be rented from Ocean River or Sports Net.

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. You will be required to bring a whistle as these are mandatory when on the water and not currently on club PFD's due to COVID restrictions.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak through the booking coordinator here. 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 excepted.

    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.

    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    Register

     This is the Level 1 Kayak Course for individuals who have completed the Basic Course and have at least six months paddling experience.

    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. 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 reserve a club kayak. mailto:kayakbooking@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 excepted. It is best that you  participate with someone you know, as the recovery sessions does require you to potentially be closer than 2 meters.

    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.

    • 01 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 02 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    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. 


    • 01 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Cowichan River

    Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club

    Running of the Cow-vid – May 1, 2021

    Hooray, hooray, the first of May. We’ll paddle the cow from…Stoltz to Duncan”

    VCKC’s annual moving water event, Running of the Cow, will be a shortened event this year due to current public health restrictions. The 2021 Running of the Cow-vid is a 1-day event, with a longer single-day run. Sadly, we cannot camp together or share a meal on Saturday night.

    Details

    •     Meet at Serious Coffee, Boys Road, Duncan at 8 am, Saturday May 1
    •     Launch from Stoltz pool boat ramp at 9:30-ish

    Cow-vid Considerations

    •     Paddlers in tandem canoes should be from the same household
    •     Maximum of 10 paddlers per group
    •     Please stay in a group that is within your club
    •     Shuttles should include mask wearing, open windows, and staying within your own club if possible

    All river-ready canoeists and kayakers are welcome – from any club. There is no charge for this VCKC event. We are simply saying hello to each other and celebrating the Cow before she dries up for the summer months.

    For your reference, you can link to a Running of the Cow-vid here. Hope to see you there with (cow) bells on.

    For more information contact:   Joe Boyd

                                                           joeboyd@telus.net

    250-882-6033

    or canoe@vckc.ca



    • 01 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Fuller Lake, Chemanius
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This 2-hour clinic introduces the basic mechanics involved in rolling a kayak leading to the ability to roll a kayak confidently in calm conditions. 

    Prerequisites: Level I Kayak Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge. Students must be able to perform a controlled and calm wet exit. 

    Course Length : 2 hours minimum. 

    Maximum 6 participants 

    Assessment :While there is no formal certification with this level, assessment will still be made through practical exercises with a focus on developing the participant's awareness and rolling skills as well as a personal roadmap to future learning. 

    You can rent a dry/wet suit from  Frank White's Dive Shop or Coastal Bliss Adventures.

    • 02 May 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or with limited kayaking experience.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    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 3 meters occur you will need these items. It is suggested that you plan to participate with someone you know as there will be an assisted rescue segment.

    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.

    Some aspects of the training will occur via Zoom. Successful registrants will be provided the Zoom information prior to the course. Some aspects of the session will be outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the gorge can be cold this time of year. These can 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. You will be required to bring a whistle as these are mandatory when on the water and not currently on club PFD's due to COVID restrictions.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak through the booking coordinator here. 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 excepted.

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


    • 15 May 2021
    • 8:30 AM (PDT)
    • 16 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0

     This is the Level 1 Kayak Course for individuals who have completed the Basic Course and have at least six months paddling experience.

    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. 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 reserve a club kayak. mailto:kayakbooking@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 excepted. It is best that you  participate with someone you know, as the recovery sessions does require you to potentially be closer than 2 meters.

    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.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 15
    Join waitlist

    NOTE: If you are interested in this course, please register for the waitlist. Courses can not occur until we know that sports restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted.  At that time, registration will be finalized and invoices sent out for payment. Thank you for your patience.

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    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 maneuvers

        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


    • 05 Jun 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or with limited kayaking experience.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    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 3 meters occur you will need these items. It is suggested that you plan to participate with someone you know as there will be an assisted rescue segment.

    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.

    Some aspects of the training will occur via Zoom. Successful registrants will be provided the Zoom information prior to the course. Some aspects of the session will be outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the gorge can be cold this time of year. These can 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. You will be required to bring a whistle as these are mandatory when on the water and not currently on club PFD's due to COVID restrictions.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak through the booking coordinator here. 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 excepted.

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


    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    NOTE: If you are interested in this course, please register for the waitlist. Courses can not occur until we know that sports restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted.  At that time, registration will be finalized and invoices sent out for payment. Thank you for your patience.

    __________________________________

    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


    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    NOTE: If you are interested in this course, please register for the waitlist. Courses can not occur until we know that sports restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted.  At that time, registration will be finalized and invoices sent out for payment. Thank you for your patience.

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    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


    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    NOTE: If you are interested in this course, please register for the waitlist. Courses can not occur until we know that sports restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted.  At that time, registration will be finalized and invoices sent out for payment. Thank you for your patience.

    __________________________________

    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


    • 08 May 2023
    • 9:15 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Amherst Kayak Launch, Sidney
    • 1
    Register

    Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,

    Arg, Maties !   We're headed to Rum Island for a day trip on Saturday May 8 2021.  Rum Island is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

    Our trip starts at the Amherst Ave kayak launch in Sidney.  <  add description > 

    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

    This trip is open to solo kayakers and tandem canoeists.  Canoe partners need to be members living in the same household 

    The Amherst Ave launch does not have washroom facilities, but our lunch stop at Rum Island has pit toilets.

    Paddle Distance approx 11nm (20km) which is roughly 4 hours of continuous paddling.

    Paddle Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35525874

    Capacity:  10 people

    Trip Leaders:  Mike Teachman, Ryan Ovens

    Skill Level and ExperienceEnergizer

    Participants will have certification (or equiv skills) of:

    Paddle Canada Kayak L1

    or 

    RCABC Basic Ocean Canoeing - Level III

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

    The Plan (please read carefully):

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

    Please arrive at the Amherst Ave kayak launch no later than 9:15 am.     

    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. 

    • 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)

    Lunch:  We'll be stopping for lunch at Rum Island.  There are toilets.

    What to Wear

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

    Parking 

    Any street that allows all-day parking, such as along 3rd Avenue

    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.

    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.

    Members who borrow a club boat are responsible to transport the boat to the launch (either yourself or arrange for transportation on someone else's vehicle) 

    If you need help transporting a boat, the trip leader might have some participants you can contact for help.

    Trip Contact

    Mike Teachman

    mike.teachman@gmail.com

    home:  250 598 6866

    text:  250 507 5673

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