All VCKC Hosted Events

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    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 38 sessions
    • VCKC

    5:30-6:00pm Get Organized / Warm Up

    6:00-7:30pm On the Water

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.  

    Due to the unpredictable nature of river levels at this time of year we have made it so you can register for the course, but not yet pay.   One week before the course date we will open up payment ability if the river levels look to be in an appropriate range.  If not we will then either postpone the course or cancel depending on rain forecasts.

    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

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • VCKC


    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 5
    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


    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 03 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 04 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 6

    The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Sea Kayak Level 1 (two day course)

    Cost: $80

    Prerequisites:

    Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director plus the following p
    addling experience:

    • Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours duration) in class-0 conditions
    • Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions
    • Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions

    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Unassisted Re-entry
    • Assisted Re-entry
    • Towing

    Paddling Skills

    • Launching and Landing
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Sweep Strokes
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Stern Rudder
    • Edge Control

    General Knowledge

    • Equipment and Equipment Care
    • Communication
    • Route Planning and Basic Navigation Techniques
    • Half-day Kayak Journey
    • Weather
    • Sea State
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Cold Issues and Sun Safety
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • History and Heritage
    • Kayaking Community and Resources
    • Vehicle Boat Tie Down

    Contact: Kayak@VCKC.ca


    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Rd. West

    Spring 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


    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 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 Cow(ichan)” this year on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th to 5th. This is a two-day moving water event where we paddle the Cowichan River,  from Cowichan Lake all the way down to the ocean – river water levels permitting. This is open to all VCKC members who have completed Moving Water 1 (River) Canoe training.  

    On Saturday we will start at the weir at Cowichan Lake at 10 am and paddle down to Stoltz Pool camp. A shuttle will be set up for those who choose not to paddle the canyon.  At the camp, we will enjoy a great evening with a hearty meal and warm campfire to share tales of the day's events. On Sunday morning, we will pack up the camp and complete our paddle as far as the water levels will take us, with a final shuttle back to the vehicles.

    Camping is available at the Stoltz Pool Group Site in Cowichan River Provincial Park. Cost for the event is $20 per person and includes: Provincial Park camping fee for 2 nights, shuttle of canoes and canoeists to drop off and pick-up spots, and  dinner on Saturday night.

    Club members who are not paddling, may also join us for camping and our Saturday night dinner, as its a great place to hike and bike in the area. 

    VCKC also invites all moving water paddlers in the area for the 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 weekends).

     If you are interested in attending, please register or contact:

     canoe@vckc.ca

    • 06 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 10 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe Program - Colquitz Middle School

    Contact: Sean Pollitt: spollitt@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe, Canada 

    PFDs, paddles, painters, bailers & throw bags

    • 10 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 11 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9
    Register

    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.

    Early bird entry fee $210 per team to April 20; $240 thereafter. Registration closes on May 1. *Late registration may be available if space permits; late fee of $240 per team

    Minimum of 3 women 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-SwitchBlade2019.pdf    Please print, complete and obtain signatures.  Email completed waivers to: switchblade@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 1 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 endeavour to put people in-touch with clubs that may have OC6s or other boats available.  

    Waivers are required: Click here to download and print.

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

    For more information or assistance, email Bon Lee at switchblade@vckc.ca.

    • 11 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 6
    Register

    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 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • VCKC Club House

    These fun and informative meetings will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow canoe enthusiasts, to learn about upcoming Canoe Program initiatives, and to experience canoe adventures through “Armchair Paddler Presentations” of past trips by members.

    • 22 May 2019
    • 26 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 6
    Register

    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 instructors: Jay Crowley (j.crowley@shaw.ca) and Tim Marks timjmarks@yahoo.ca  

                            

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca
    • 24 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe Program - Colquitz Middle School

    Contact: Sean Pollitt: spollitt@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe, Canada 

    PFDs, paddles, painters, bailers & throw bags

    • 24 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 24 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • VCKC


    • 25 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Contact: Marianne Pilon - 250-744-8543

    • 27 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 31 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 02 Jun 2019
    • Off Site

    Big Canoe Program - summer trip preparation 

    contact: Tim or Mary Marks 250-642-7498

    voyageur@vckc.ca

    Tillicum and small trailer will be off site

    • 07 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9
    Register

    VCKC's Marathon Program is hosting a day of marathon canoe races in the incredible Victoria Gorge Waterway, on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

    Categories:

    • Sole men or women – 10 km
    • Tandem (men or women) – 20 km
    • Mixed – 10 km (random draw, experienced paddler with a novice paddler)
    Entry Fees:
    • 1 event $25
    • 2 events $35
    • 3 events $40

    Questions? Please contact Bon Lee, Marathon Program Director, marathon@vckc.ca

    All paddlers must have a signed waiver on file to participate.  Download here:  http://vckc.ca/resources/Documents/VCKC_Member_Waiver.pdf.




    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • Off site

    contact: Sonya McRae - smcrae@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Tillicum, Munroe, Shawnigan & Canada  

    Large trailer

    painters, bailers, etc.


    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Sea Kayak Level 1 (two day course)

    Cost: $80

    Prerequisites:
    Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director plus the following paddling experience:

    • Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours duration) in class-0 conditions
    • Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions
    • Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions

    Note: Invitations to register will be sent to individuals currently on the 2019 waitlists who meet the pre-requisites for the course.  Open registration will follow afterwards.


    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Unassisted Re-entry
    • Assisted Re-entry
    • Towing

    Paddling Skills

    • Launching and Landing
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Sweep Strokes
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Stern Rudder
    • Edge Control

    General Knowledge

    • Equipment and Equipment Care
    • Communication
    • Route Planning and Basic Navigation Techniques
    • Half-day Kayak Journey
    • Weather
    • Sea State
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Cold Issues and Sun Safety
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • History and Heritage
    • Kayaking Community and Resources
    • Vehicle Boat Tie Down

    • 02 Jul 2019
    • 13 Jul 2019
    • Off Site Trip

    Big Canoe Program - Summer Trip

    contact: Tim or Mary Marks 250-642-7498

    voyageur@vckc.ca

    Tillicum and trailer off site plus safety gear off site

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