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].

    • 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.

    • 03 Apr 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 04 Apr 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Cowichan Lake / River
    Registration is closed

     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. 

    Day 1 Flat Water Skills 

    This day covers all the components of the Paddle Canada Flat water Skills for river kayaking (8 hrs) 

    We will take time to complete all paperwork, understand boat design and kayak outfitting, preparing for cold water and appropriate protection clothing and communication signals.  Our on - water session will begin with wet exits and Bow – rescues, along with other rescue skills, to provide you with confidence in the water and kayak.  This sets you up to develop confidence and enhance your learning of skills and on moving water (day 2).  You will learn about balance and posture for paddling, the basic strokes required including: Sweep, forward, backward paddling, edging, low and high braces, draws, rudder strokes – stern draw and stern pry and forward ferry.  We will also learn the rudiments of rolling, river trip planning and river hydrology and hazards to avoid.

    Day 2 Moving water skills 

    This day when taken in addition to Day 1 (Flat Water Skills) covers the Paddle Canada Beginner River Kayak Skills

    Today, we will begin by setting up transportation at out take out location, review river safety, and spend some time transferring the flat water skills learnt on day one for river running, before beginning our journey down an easy flowing section of the river, where we will continue to practice and use all these skills.  These include: Ferrying, eddying in and out and an introduction to surfing small waves and leaning to swim and perform rescues in slow moving water.


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