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.


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

    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.

    • 04 Jul 2017
    • 05 Sep 2017
    • 10 sessions
    • Clubhouse

    Canoesday!

    What's a better reason to get out on the water other than just being Tuesday?  Well there might be a few, but Tuesday is good enough.  Canoe or kayak its a good time to paddle.  This is a drop in time for members to paddle not a leader organized trip.  We will try to have canoe and kayak instructors out most nights if you need advise on a particular stroke or skill. 

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    The Blue Herons aren't cooking after a long day of racing at the Victoria Festival!  Potluck and barbeque at the clubhouse.

    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 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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    Are you interested controlling your kayak in currents? If so this clinic is for you!

    Course fee: $15

    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.

    For questions or to contact the Kayak program about this course, send an email to Dorothea at: kayakcourses@shaw.ca

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 15

    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


    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 3

    Are you interested controlling your kayak in currents? If so this clinic is for you!

    Course fee: $15

    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.

    For questions or to contact the Kayak program about this course, send an email to Dorothea at: kayakcourses@shaw.ca

    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 8

    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


    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 8

    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 (Drysuit required - can be rented in town)


        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 (except drysuit and helment, which can be rented in town), however you are welcome 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.

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

    • 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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