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.

    • 06 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 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.

    • 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].

    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Compound
    • 4
    Register

    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.

    • 11 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0
    Join waitlist

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada.

    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. 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 Aug 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Cadboro Bay
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,

    We have a fun day trip planned for Saturday August 15, 2020.  We're going to explore the Cadboro Bay and Ten Mile point areas by canoe and kayak, finishing with a walk back to our vehicles at Cadboro Bay.

    Our trip starts at Cadboro Bay (Gyro Park).  We will paddle towards Cattle Point following the shoreline, investigating the many small islands and fine estates.  We will turn around at Cattle Point and follow the shoreline back to the entrance of Cadboro Bay.  From there, we'll cut across to Flower Island and follow the shoreline around Ten Mile Point.  A small flood current will give us some help as we round Ten Mile Point.  Lunch stop at Smuggler's Cove.  Then, the final shoreline stretch to Telegraph Cove.  We'll walk back to Cadboro Bay (approx 15 minute walk) and drive our vehicles to Telegraph Cove to pickup the  gear.  One person will stand guard at Telegraph Cove while the rest walk to Cadboro Bay.

    Click here to see our route

    Capacity:  Max of 12 boats

    Skill Level Beginner

    Participants should have a minimum certification (or equiv skills) of:

    Paddle Canada Kayak Basic 

    or 

    RCABC Canoe Lakewater 1

    The Plan (please read carefully):

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

    Arrive at the Cadboro Bay parking lot by 9:30 AM at the latest

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

    If you are bringing your own boat you can arrive at Cadboro Bay beach (Gyro Park) at 9:30 am.  

    We anticipate being back to Telegraph Cove around 2:00 pm

    Paddle Distance:  approx 10km (5.3nm)

    Trip Leaders:  Mike Teachman, Craig Thomson

    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 Smuggler's Cove

    What to Wear

    This is an ocean paddle so you will need to dress for the possibility of immersion in cold water.  We recommend wearing a farmer john/jane wetsuit.  As a minimum your clothing needs to be made of synthetic material such as polyester.  No cotton clothing

    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 member who uses 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 

    Credits:  Alan Thomson for suggesting this route.

    Trip Contact

    Mike Teachman

    mike.teachman@gmail.com

    home:  250 598 6866

    text:  250 507 5673

    • 16 Aug 2020
    • 8:20 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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


    • 18 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 20 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0
    Join waitlist

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada.

    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 must have attended a COVID protocol orientation session and signed the new waiver. If you have not as yet completed this requirement contact Kayak@vckc.ca to make arrangements. 

    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.

    • 22 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 23 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 4
    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.

    • 08 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 10 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 3
    Register

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada.

    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. 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.

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0
    Join waitlist

     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.

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 10
    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


    • 15 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 17 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 5
    Register

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport or wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada.

    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.

    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. 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.

    • 16 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)


    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 8:20 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 5
    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


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


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