Canoe Event Calendar

Upcoming Canoe Events

    • 23 Apr 2018
    • 13 May 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Experience canoeing on the ocean. Learn how to manage typical sea conditions such as currents, tides, and weather on coastal waters. After this course you’ll be able to paddle on your own maritime adventures.  

      

    This two-part course begins with 12 hours of classroom work spread over 3 evenings that will give you the knowledge to prepare & plan for trips. In the second part of the course, you will be applying your knowledge in a two-day group trip on the ocean. [If you don't want to take part in the overnight trip, the instructor(s) will try to arrange a day trip at a time that suit participants: this will lead to a lower level of certification.] 

      

    Topics include:

               

         Understanding weather, currents, tides & waves

         Navigation charts, course plotting and compass use

         Loading and trimming a canoe to handle wind and waves

         Safety gear and regulations

         Environmental concerns and Leave No Trace ethics

         Trip planning and leadership

      

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Ocean Canoeing course and the Paddle Canada Intermediate Coastal Canoeing course; which involves a capsize and rescue session.

      

    This course requires the purchasing of a chart and compass. Purchase the course textbook 'Freedom of the Seas Vol 1.Navigation, Sea State & Weather - A Paddler's Manual' is strongly recommended. Personal camping gear is required for the course trip.

      

    Some canoeing gear can be provided, however you are strongly encouraged to bring your own canoe & equipment so that you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of how it performs for ocean tripping.

    The ocean trip is usually paddled in tandem canoes. If you need a paddling partner, every effort will be made to find one for you.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 2 or equivalent. Paddle Canada Intermediate Lakewater. You need to be a proficient paddler as this course’s focus is on the tripping skills and not basic paddling taught in other courses.

                            

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course start date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.  

      

    Course-specific details and classroom dates will be sent in advance by the instructor, Alan Thomson - littoral@shaw.ca or 250-812-3799.   

                            

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca
    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 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 28 and Sunday April 29th. 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 dinner and a great evening at the campfire. We pack up camp and complete our paddle on Sunday April 29th.

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

    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 (well hopefully there will be a few more).

     If you are interested in attending, contact:

    David Dorosz:   canoe@vckc.ca

    • 06 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 2
    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 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


    • 16 May 2018
    • 21 May 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Beaver Lake and a local River
    • 3
    Register

    RCABC LAKEWATER POLING

    This course will be one of the two weekday lake sessions (May 16 or 17), followed by a river day on May 21.


    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.

    • 19 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 2
    Register

    Due to proximity of the course, registration is now closed.  Contact canoe@vckc.ca for details.

    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) 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


    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    Register

    Online registration is disable now for the course, contact canoe@vckc.ca for details.


    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


    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 5
    Register

    Online registration is now disabled for the course.  Contact canoe@vckc.ca for details.


    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

    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


    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9
    • 16
    Register

    VCKC Guts and Glory is a Dragon Boat Canada CCWC Qualifier

    Racing starts at 09:00am Saturday, race managers on-site at 8:00am.

    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, 2018.

    Cost: $250 per 10-paddler team (12 people including caller & stern) for EITHER the 2500m or the 200m sprint.

    Early Bird $220 - if payment received prior to April 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



    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 18 Aug 2018
    • Murtle Lake
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    To celebrate the club's 50th year and summer, let's go paddle Murtle Lake.   We will arrive at the portage on Sunday Aug 11.   We will co-ordinate transportation to the lake and food at group meetings before leaving.  Group size is limited to 10 paddlers, however you may join the wait list.  We may add a second event if the wait list gets large.

    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    Planning meeting for the PFTK sterns to plan teams for the Finale paddle on April 1st.

    Meeting organizer is the Voyageur Director, Phil McEvoy:  voyageur@vckc.ca


Past events

20 Apr 2018 RCABC Paddle Conference in Hope
08 Apr 2018 Potluck with Mile
07 Apr 2018 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
29 Mar 2018 Canoe and Kayak Meeting
28 Feb 2018 Canoe Instructors Meeting
21 Feb 2018 Marine Restricted Operator's Certificate Course
11 Feb 2018 PFTK Brunch
28 Jan 2018 Flatwater Paddle
25 Jan 2018 Canoe Meeting
22 Jan 2018 Pumps for canoes
20 Jan 2018 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
18 Jan 2018 Voyageur program PFTK planning meeting
18 Nov 2017 Flatwater Paddle
11 Nov 2017 Remembrance Day on the Cowichan River
03 Nov 2017 Canoe Instructor Course
29 Oct 2017 How to make your own Greenland paddle
29 Oct 2017 Tie-One-On and How to Pack your Kayak
21 Oct 2017 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
08 Oct 2017 Club Flatwater Paddle
01 Oct 2017 Club Flatwater Paddle
24 Sep 2017 Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo
23 Sep 2017 Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem
17 Sep 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
16 Sep 2017 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
10 Sep 2017 Sea Kayak Introduction to Currents Clinic
09 Sep 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
04 Sep 2017 VCKC Fall BBQ, General Meeting and Boat Moving
27 Aug 2017 Sea Kayak Introduction to Currents Clinic
17 Aug 2017 Sea Kayak Rescue Clinic
15 Aug 2017 Sea Kayak Stroke Clinic
13 Aug 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
12 Aug 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
08 Aug 2017 Mike Elliott presentation to VCKC
08 Jul 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
04 Jul 2017 Canoesday!
26 Jun 2017 Canoe Day Games and BBQ
21 Jun 2017 Barkley Sound Brigade planning meeting
17 Jun 2017 Skill clinic - Crabbing
12 Jun 2017 Inflatable PFD Info Session
21 May 2017 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
13 May 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
13 May 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
07 May 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
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
18 Mar 2017 Introduction to Currents - Sea Kayak Clinic
11 Mar 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
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)
18 Nov 2016 Canoe Instructor Course
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
06 Sep 2016 VCKC General Meeting
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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