Canoe Event Calendar

Upcoming Canoe Events

    • 06 Sep 2016
    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Please join us for our VCKC General Meeting, open to the all members.  The public is also welcome!  

    First Tuesday each month.  July & August are BBQ social meet&greet evenings.  January does not have a general meeting because the Annual General Meeting takes place each January.

    Location: VCKC Clubhouse |  355 Gorge Rd W  |  Victoria, BC


    • 01 Mar 2017
    • 27 May 2017
    • a local River

    This course is not yet scheduled for a particular date, and will instead run if there is enough interest.  You can register to the list to show interest and will be contacted to discuss a possible date.


    MOVING WATER LEVEL 2 – SOLO

    WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
    The RCABC Moving Water Level 2 course is for anyone that wants to learn or improve their skills while river canoeing solo (one person in the canoe). Are you are looking for the skills to go on wilderness river trips, adrenaline charged whitewater runs or for becoming a river canoeing leader in your community? This course will help you develop those skills and achieve your goals. The course can be tailored to accommodate students in full size tripping canoes, small modern whitewater playboats or anything in between. People most commonly taking the course are:

    • Playboaters
    • Solo river trippers
    • Trip leaders in clubs or other organizations that may need to solo at times
    • Tandem canoeists wishing to improve their understanding of the canoe in moving water
    • Canoeists wishing to become RCABC Moving Water Instructors
    • Outdoor adventure program leaders

    PREREQUISITES – RCABC Moving Water Level 1 or equivalent

    DURATION – 16 hours

    CONTENT
    Outline of RCABC Moving Water Level 2 (Solo) Course

    The RCABC Moving Water Level 2 course builds on skills learned in Level 1 (tandem), but all skills are practiced solo, including:

    • Entering and exiting eddies
    • Ferrying and reverse ferrying to cross the river
    • River Hazards
    • Solo rescues, self rescues and swimming in a rapid
    • Safety Equipment, flotation and outfitting a canoe

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

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Cowichan River

    “Hooray Hooray! The First of May. We’ll Paddle the Cow from Lake to Bay” – credit to Tom Staebell

    VCKC will be holding its Annual “Running of the Cows” this year on Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30th. This is a two-day moving water event where we paddle the Cowichan River,  from the Lake all the way down to the ocean – river water levels permitting. This is open to all VCKC members who have completed moving water (river) canoe training.  Club members may also join us just for camping, as its a great place to hike and bike in the area.

     Camping is available at the Stoltz Pool Group Site in Cowichan River Provincial Park on Friday April 28th, and Saturday April 29th. Cost is $10 per person per night.

     On Saturday we will start at the weir at Cowichan Lake at about 10AM and paddle down to Stoltz Pool camp. A shuttle will be set up for those who do not paddle the canyon.  There we will enjoy a chili dinner and a great evening at the campfire. We pack up camp and complete our paddle on Sunday April 30th.

     Camping and Saturday night dinner is open to all VCKC members at a rate of $10 per person.

    VCKC also invites all moving water paddlers in the area to the Cowichan River that weekend to celebrate the last great weekend of river paddling before the summer low water levels set in.

     If you are interested in attending, contact:

    David Dorosz:   canoe@vckc.ca

    • 07 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    This course is offered by VCKC and instructed by VCKC volunteer instructors. It follows the Paddle Canada Basic Skills requirements. Click here for details:


    Basic Kayak Skills Course Description

    This course is suitable for members who are new to kayaking or are wishing to register for a Paddle Canada Level 1 course in the future. This course fulfills the requirements for joining kayak outings with VCKC.

    Prerequisites: must be a member of VCKC

    Course length: 8 hours 

    Course fee: $40 (Registration closes May 6)

    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.

    For questions or to contact the Kayak program about this course, send an email to: kayakadmin@vckc.ca



    • 13 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist
    This course is offered by VCKC and instructed by VCKC volunteer instructors. It follows the Paddle Canada Basic Skills requirements. Click here for details:


    Basic Kayak Skills Course Description

    This course is suitable for members who are new to kayaking or are wishing to register for a Paddle Canada Level 1 course in the future. This course fulfills the requirements for joining kayak outings with VCKC.

    Prerequisites: must be a member of VCKC

    Course length: 8 hours 

    Course fee: $40 (Registration closes May 6)

    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.

    For questions or to contact the Kayak program about this course, send an email to: kayakadmin@vckc.ca



    • 13 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 9

    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 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
    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


    • 20 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9

    Switchblade racing consists of 6 different paddling sports and is an exciting combination of race legs that will challenge any 6-paddler team to bring their best efforts both as individuals and working together.

    Entry fee $180 per team /  Minimum of 3 women per team.   *Late registration may be available if space permits; late fee of $240 per team

    Course (6 Legs):

    Recreational Ocean Kayak (1 paddler) – Mass start on the water at the VCKC dock, the course will be in the Gorge Waterway and may involve buoy turns.

    Stand up Paddleboard (1) – Mass start at the VCKC dock (either in the water or on shore) the course will involve several buoy turns and will be in the Gorge Waterway.

    Marathon Canoe Tandem (2) – Mass start on the water at the VCKC dock the course will be in the Gorge Waterway, expect buoy turns, finishing at VCKC.

    OC1 (1) – Mass start at Portage Park beach, loop through Esquimalt Harbour to far end of Esquimalt Lagoon (Coberg) Spit.**

    Surf ski (1) – mass start at Esquimalt Lagoon Spit to harbour mouth and into Ocean River Canoe Club.**

    OC6 (all 6 paddlers) – Staggered start from Ocean River Paddling Club into the Inner and Outer Harbours, on to V21, counter clockwise turn around V21, then on to Brotchie Reach, counter clockwise around Brotchie, back to V21, clockwise turn around V21 and follow same course into Inner Harbour finishing at ORPC.

    All paddlers must have signed waiver on file to participate.  Download waiver here:  VCKC Group Waiver_SwithBlade2016.pdf    Please print, complete and obtain signatures.  Email completed waivers to: switchbladeregistrar@vckc.ca  or bring completed waiver form to 8:00am meeting on the day of the event.  

    Post race party!!!
    BBQ dinner with awards. The dinner is free for racers but additional tickets can be purchased for team boosters or anyone else who would like to attend the dinner.  Dinner tickets are $10 and available online during team registration.

    Note:
    Minimum of 5 teams registered by May 8th to hold the event. 

    Each team is responsible to supply their own boats and equipment. However, when registrations opens, contact information for VCKC race organizers will be published for race teams hoping to arrange the loan of boats. We will endeavor to put people in-touch with clubs that may have OC6s or other boats available.  

    Visit the Marathon Switchblade program page for additional information: Switchblade Paddlesport Relay

    Waivers are required: Link to download and print.


    • 21 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 1

    Learn to paddle a canoe by yourself, even in windy and rough conditions. You’ll adapt the paddling stokes learnt 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) Basic 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 – 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


    • 04 Jun 2017
    • 30 Aug 2017
    • Beaver Lake and a local River

    This course is not yet scheduled for a particular date, and will instead run if there is enough interest.  You can register to the list to show interest and will be contacted to discuss a possible date.

    RCABC LAKEWATER POLING

    WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
    Canoe poling on lakes is an enjoyable art, which adds a new dimension to canoeing. A basic understanding of canoeing with a paddle is beneficial before starting poling. The next step is to begin poling on a lake and learn the wide variety of strokes and manoeuvres that the pole enables. Lake water canoe poling has attracted:
    • Canoeists that have nearby shallow lakes and marshes to explore that are difficult to paddle
    • Canoeists that are looking for new challenges and appreciate the history of poling
    • Canoeists wanting to work towards poling on moving water
    • Canoeists that enjoy the benefits of standing and the physical dexterity and fitness of poling
    • Clubs, instructors or enthusiasts that want to keep the art of poling alive

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 2 (Basic Solo) or equivalent

    DURATION – 10 hours

    CONTENT
    Outline for RCABC Lakewater Poling

    The content of the RCABC Lakewater Poling course assumes the student already has basic canoeing skills, safety and theory with a paddle. The content is therefore mostly practical skills and practice as the techniques of poling require balance and agility. Here are some examples of the content:

    • Walk From One End of Canoe to Other
    • Walk Backwards with Pole
    • Standing Jump Forward
    • Strokes: Kayak Stroke, Windmill, Snubbing, etc
    • Manoeuvres: Straight course, surface drag turns, push turns, bow pry turns

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    RCABC MOVING WATER POLING

    WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
    Moving water (river) canoe poling is an excellent way to explore rivers, poling either upstream or downstream. If you're an explorer and enjoy canoeing, moving water poling is a natural way to expand your canoeing ability. Moving water canoe poling has attracted:

    • Canoeists that have nearby shallow rivers to explore that have no road access and must be poled upstream
    • Experienced canoeists that are looking for new challenges and appreciate the history of poling
    • Canoeists that enjoy the benefits of standing and the physical dexterity and fitness of poling
    • Clubs, instructors or enthusiasts that want to keep the art of poling alive
    • RCABC Instructors that are wishing to become a master instructor and need a third Instructor certificate

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Canoe Poling & RCABC Solo Movingwater (Level 2) or equivalent

    DURATION – 10 hours

    CONTENT
    Outline for RCABC Movingwater Poling

    The content of the RCABC Moving water Poling course assumes the student is familiar with the river environment and can safely solo canoe with a paddle. This is achieved through the Moving water Level 2 prerequisite. Based on that foundation, this is an overview of the poling course content which is taught in up to Grade 2 moving water:

    • Review of river safety, gear, clothing, extra flotation, and other topics from RCABC Moving water Level 1&2.
    • Poling strokes such as surface poling, windmill, snubbing, quick jab, etc.
    • Downstream manoeuvres such as eddy turns, ferries, drag, draw and push turns, holding, etc.
    • Upstream manoeuvres such as shifts, forward ferries, holding, turns, etc.

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

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West

    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. 

    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 Lakewater Level 2 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


    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 5

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

    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 – RCABC Lakewater Level 3 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


    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • clubhouse / local waterway
    • 17

    Fishing for crab is an economical and very tasty skill to have.  This clinic is in 3 parts: a classroom session, and on-water canoe/kayak trip, and finally a crab boil.

    The classroom portion is scheduled for Wednesday the 7th of June.  Crabbing clinic classroom session

    On Water Crabbing  -  Saturday 9 AM to noon 

    • on a local body of water
    • location TBD based on participants, tides weather and crabbing areas
    • Non-crabbing participants are welcome to paddle with the group on Saturday.

     We’ll go out as a group and set our traps, followed by a short distance paddle while waiting for “lunch” to arrive. 

    Crab Boil - Saturday 1 PM to 3 PM at the clubhouse.

    • We’ll gather to clean cook and enjoy the day’s harvest
    • Potluck for sides to go with the main course

    Prerequisites: 

    • All paddlers must be club members to participate.  (You must be logged in to register.)
    • All paddlers must have passed at least an entry-level paddling course.
    • All boats must be outfitted to both Transport Canada regulations and club rules.

    Other Admin Items:

    • Club paddling gear is available by contacting David Dorosz canoe@vckc.ca for a canoe,  or Linda Hall for a club kayak
    • If you need a partner, we will help to try to find you one.
    • Some crab traps and related equipment will be available to borrow, allowing you to try your luck without investing in gear.
    • Registration deadline is the 6th of June.

    More Info - Contact Edmond at coldkayak@gmail.com or 250-915-1141

    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9

    Racing starts at 10:00am Saturday, race managers on-site at 9:00am.

    Two different race types:

    • 2500-meters in two heats:  10-paddler boats:
      In the morning each team will race a 1250 meter course with a buoy turn (out and back). 
      In the afternoon, each team will race the same course in a different dragon boat.
      The two times for each team will be combined to see who gets the glory and medals.
    • Sprints:
      200-meter races in IDBF-certified 10-paddler boats.

    Teams may register in the following categories: 
          - Mixed
           - Womens


    Minimum of 3 teams required to run category.

    No registrations accepted after July 14, 2017.

    Cost: $230 per 10-paddler team (12 people including caller & stern) for EITHER the 2500m or the 200m sprint.

    Early Bird $200 - if payment received prior to May 15th

    Only $50 to register for the 2nd race type, if registering for both.  

    Results will be ranked by team category (Mixed or Womens) for awarding of medals.

    All paddlers must have signed waiver online to participate.  Link to waiver will be sent with registration confirmation.

    Click here for full details about VCKC's annual Guts 'n Glory race event:  Guts 'n Glory



Past events

25 Apr 2017 Flatwater Paddle - Gorge
22 Apr 2017 Spring Clean-up: Gorge Waterway Shoreline
15 Apr 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
02 Apr 2017 Lakewater 1 - Class FULL
02 Apr 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
25 Mar 2017 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
21 Mar 2017 PFTK - Making- Of-The-Teams meeting for sterns
18 Mar 2017 Introduction to Currents - Sea Kayak Clinic
11 Mar 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
23 Feb 2017 Canoe and Kayak Meeting
15 Feb 2017 Kayak Instructors Meeting
13 Feb 2017 Family Day Paddle & Social
04 Feb 2017 Eddie Hopper!
11 Jan 2017 Voyageur program PFTK planning meeting
10 Jan 2017 VCKC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
11 Dec 2016 Flatwater Paddle
09 Dec 2016 Canoe Instructor Course
18 Nov 2016 Canoe Instructor Course
11 Nov 2016 Remembrance Day on the Cowichan River - Cancelled
06 Nov 2016 Kayak Basic Skills Course
30 Oct 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
29 Oct 2016 Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem
23 Oct 2016 Flatwater paddle
22 Oct 2016 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
21 Oct 2016 Camosun Canoe Course
01 Oct 2016 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
25 Sep 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
17 Sep 2016 Kayak Basic Skills Course
02 Aug 2016 General Membership summer BBQ evening
23 Jul 2016 VCKC Guts & Glory 2016
09 Jul 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
05 Jul 2016 Tuesday Canoe/Kayak practice paddle evenings
05 Jul 2016 Summer General Membership BBQ, Scavenger Hunt paddle
01 Jul 2016 Canada Day on the Gorge
26 Jun 2016 Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo
25 Jun 2016 MEC Paddlefest - Canoe Booth
15 Jun 2016 Skill clinic - Crabbing
07 Jun 2016 VCKC General Meeting & Summer Bar-B-Q
04 Jun 2016 Canoe skill clinic
28 May 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
14 May 2016 Ocean Canoeing
24 Apr 2016 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
21 Apr 2016 Ocean Canoeing Classroom Sessions
18 Apr 2016 Clubhouse Main Floor Closed for Repair
09 Apr 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
29 Feb 2016 Camoson College, Centre for Sport & Exercise Education, Canoe Instruction
16 Feb 2016 Canoe and Kayak Program Meeting
06 Feb 2016 Flatwater Paddle - Becher Bay to Pedder Bay
17 Oct 2015 Moving Water II (2-day course)
09 May 2015 Frost Free Weekend
31 Dec 2014 Victoria Waterways Loop Meeting (Marathon Canoe Program)
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