All VCKC Hosted Events

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All Upcoming Events

    • 18 Nov 2015
    • 16 May 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • VCKC clubhouse

    The Gorge Waterway Initiative is a collaborative, community-driven group of organizations concerned with protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural features of the Gorge Waterway, Portage Inlet and the surrounding watersheds.  GWI website

    Contact person is Kitty Lloyd

    Email : kllyod@crd.bc.ca

    Bi-monthly GWI meetings are held at the VCKC clubhouse on the 3rd Wednesday of Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov each year.  Check the VCKC Events list or Calendar for dates.  VCKC director liaison for this event is the VCKC President. 

    • 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


    • 13 Sep 2016
    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 21 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

     Monthly VCKC Executive meeting.

    2nd Tuesday of each month, except July & August.


    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 355 Gorge Rd W, (VCKC Club House)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This course if offered by VCKC and taught by VCKC volunteer instructors. The course follows Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills requirements. Click here for details of what will be covered in the course:

    Level 1 Sea Kayak Course Description

    This course is suitable for members who have completed the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills Course and have spent at least 20 hours on the water practicing their skills. 

    Prerequisites: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills Course or equivalent skill and knowledge; must be a member of VCKC

    Course length: 12 hours over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday)

    Course fee: $80 (Registration closes May 26)

    If you plan to take this course, please register online now to secure your spot. You may delay paying until one week before the course date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.  In the interim, if your calendar changes and you find you cannot attend, please cancel your registration so someone from the wait list can take your place.

    For questions about this course or to contact the Kayak program, please send an email to: kayak@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.

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    This is a Dragon Boat Program meeting to plan for the July Guts & Glory race weekend being held July 22, 2017.

    Learn about the VCKC Dragonboat program here: Dragon Boat

    • 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
    • 6

    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



    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse on the Gorge

    Fall clean-up day involves sprucing up the grounds and outdoor spaces of the clubhouse and doing a thorough cleaning of the interior including meeting rooms, kitchen and storage areas.

    Wondering what to bring?  For that and any other questions, contact Sandy Rattray by email to:  clubhouse@vckc.ca

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