All VCKC Hosted Events

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All Upcoming Events

    • 08 May 2024
    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Gorge Waterway and VCKC Clubhouse

    VCKC Members - Would you like to get out on the water in a social paddle with Sea Kayak, Canoe or other paddling crafts? Perhaps practice some of your skills? 

    Join us on Wednesday evening for a social paddle. No need to register, just show up, making sure you've reserved your boat if necessary etc. 

    Aiming to get on the water at 530pm. 

    Note - this is not a formal instructional event. But typically senior experience or instructor level paddlers will be on hand, happy to support skills practice etc. 


    • 06 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Jul 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    Register

    To VCKC 

    Ken Gibbard would like to host an overnight Voyageur trip on July 6th and return on July 7th camping at his property on Piers Island. We will be leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon on Sunday. We will leave at around 9 am and return sometime in the early afternoon. If possible I would love to have a night paddle to see the phosphorescence.

    We will be staying overnight so having enough camping and cooking gear to make yourself comfortable is important but not too much gear as there is only so much room in a Big canoe. The best would be one large pack bag or one Blue barrel per person. If you have questions I would be more than happy to answer them. All participants must look after their own food and stoves unless some participants want to group so not as much equipment is needed. Ken also mentioned that he would have a two-burner stove people could use. We are limited in area so Ken says that people in single tents may wish to group to conserve space.

    The only cost will be to reimburse drivers you commute with and money for the truck to pull the Big Canoe trailer and for parking if that is a cost. 

    The last day to  INDICATE INTEREST IS JUNE 30TH, 2024. Registering expresses interest only. The number of people going will depend on the number of sterns available and the number of tents able to camp on the property.  Preference will be given to people who have had prior Big Canoe experience.

    Questions can be sent to Wade Martinson

    wmartins@ualberta.ca


    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem for People who Identify as Women, Non-Binary, or Gender Diverse.

    This course is $30. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    There will be a theory session on the Thursday night in the clubhouse followed by a water session on the Gorge Sunday beside the clubhouse  

    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.


    The instructor will be Hélène Poulin. 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


    • 06 Sep 2024
    • 09 Sep 2024
    • Savona to Ashcroft, BC
    • 12
    Register

    Thompson River Trip September 6th to 9th, 2024

    VCKC’s annual Thompson River Trip from Savona to Spence’s Bridge, BC will take place again this year (assuming public health conditions permit) on the first weekend after Labour Day (Sep 6 to 8). This trip will paddle downstream from Savona to Ashcroft on the Thompson River.

    Pre-requisites

    Members wishing to participate must have Big Canoe experience with either previous participation in a Paddle for the Kids season or else participation in a brigade. Moving water experience in tandem canoe is an asset. Members need to be 12 or older to paddle on this trip.


    Registration 

    The initial cost is  $100 per paddler to cover the cost of shipping canoes off the island. 


    Camping, travel, and food expenses are not included.

    Outline of the trip is as follows:

    • Friday September 6: Travel from Victoria to Juniper Beach Provincial Park (just east of Cache Creek)
    • Saturday September 7: Paddle Big Canoes from Savona to Ashcroft (lunch at Juniper Beach)
    • Sunday September 8: Paddle from Savona to Juniper Beach, load boats at noon and head for a 7pm ferry.


    For more information contact 

     Joe Boyd, Big Canoe Director

     bigcanoe@vckc.ca 




    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 14 Sep 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Basic Tandem

    This course is $30. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    There will be a theory session on the Thursday night in the clubhouse followed by a water session on the Gorge Sunday beside the clubhouse  

    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).

    Capsizes and rescues are part of the course.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit, these can be rented in town. Sports Rent Coastal or dive shops have rentals available. 

    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 

    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.

    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


    • 22 Sep 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Advanced Tandem

    This course is $40. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    If the course is full, add your name to the waitlist. We will add another course when numbers warrant. 

    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. 

    Capsizes and rescues are part of the course.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit, these can be rented in town. Sports Rent Coastal or dive shops have rentals available. 

    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 Canoe Lakewater Basic Tandem.   You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

    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 Program Director

    Canoe Program Director

    canoe@vckc.ca 


    • 29 Sep 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Basic Solo

    This course is $35. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    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

    Capsizes and rescues are part of the course.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit, these can be rented in town. Sports Rent Coastal or dive shops have rentals available. .

    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 - 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 Basic Tandem 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.

    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 

    • 06 Oct 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Advanced Solo

    This course is $40. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    Take your paddling to the next level. You’ll first learn advanced strokes and maneuvers then practice them on a solo circuit on a fixed course. You will be able to demonstrate mastery via precise maneuvering by perfecting stokes on the circuit.

    Capsizes and rescues are part of the course.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit, these can be rented in town. Sports Rent Coastal or dive shops have rentals available. 

    Topics include:

        Advanced stokes - box, pitch, Canadian, …

        Cross bow draws

        Running sideslips

        Weight turns

        Inside & outside circles and figure eights

        Sharp forward & reverse turns

        Bracing strokes

        Canoe history

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Advanced Solo 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 –  Lakewater Advanced Tandem and Lakewater Basic Solo

    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. Your instructors will be David Dorosz .  David.dorosz@shaw.ca ,      250-508-2030 and James McBeath,  canoe@vckc.ca 

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

    • 24 Oct 2024
    • 27 Oct 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Moving Water Basic Tandem

    This course is $120. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    There will be a theory session on the Thursday night in the clubhouse. The water session will be on a river away from the clubhouse.

    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 

        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, however you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you have it.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit and a helmet, these can be rented in town.Georgia of Coastal Bliss in the Cowichan Valley, 250-715-0034 or coastalbliss@shaw.ca, has been very available to rent equipment early in the morning.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Basic Tandem (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. 

    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 questions, please feel free to contact the Canoe Program Director.

    Regards,

    Canoe Program Director

    canoe@vckc.ca 

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