All VCKC Hosted Events

      Only future VCKC events appear on this page.  To see all events - past & future - view the complete Club Calendar or visit our Program specific calendars.

All Upcoming Events

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

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

    6:00-7:30pm On the Water

    • 21 May 2019
    • 26 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 3
    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
    • 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

    • 26 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC dock

    Registration limit is 6; please email Mary: voyageur@vckc.ca. If there are more than six participants we may add another session from 12:00-2:00pm

    Description: This course introduces all the basic skills required to get paddling on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). Paddle Canada certified course focused on equipment, safety, paddle strokes, launching and landing your SUP. No experience is required! Includes board, paddle, safety equipment and lots of fun.

    Time: 10am - 12pm

    Location: Meet on the docks of VCKC

    Cost: $5 cash for Paddle Canada Registration, $20 course fee

    What to Bring:

    - Personal board, paddle and leash (if you have one. If not we will provide these for you!) 

    - Immersion wear** 

    - Water

    - Snack

    - Sun protection 

    - Change of clothes

    - Towel 

    - Warm hat 


    ** See VCKC recommended immersion wear: 

    Suggested Clothing Options - for courses and workshops

    - Farmer John/Jane wet suit or dry suit or full wetsuit
     - Paddling jacket or dry top or rain jacket (to wear over wet suit)
    - Polypropylene underwear - wicks moisture away from skin (to wear under dry suit)
    - Light weight and medium weight fleece tops (for layering if temperature changes)
    - Neoprene booties
    - Teva style sandals with wool socks
    - Aqua socks with wool socks
    - Fleece or wool toque
    - Rain hat and rain pants
    - Neoprene gloves or old ski gloves



    • 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

    • 05 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe Program - Colquitz Middle School

    Contact: Jared Adams: jadams@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe, Canada 

    PFDs, paddles, painters, bailers & throw bags

    • 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.


    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 15
    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


    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Clubhouse

    Canoesday!

    What better way to enjoy these long days of summer than by getting out on the Gorge for an early evening paddle? Canoes and kayaks welcome. If there is an instructor onsite they will lead a paddle starting at 6:30 PM at the VCKC Clubhouse. If not then it's a good time for an individual practice paddle on the Gorge.

    Since its a club paddle all federal and club policies must be followed.  Wear a PFD at all times on the water.  All participants must have basic canoe or kayak certification.

    If you require a club kayak please send a request to: kayakbooking@vckc.ca (note there is no ‘s’ after booking). Or if you need a canoe please send the request to: canoe@vckc.ca.  For kayak or canoe bookings,  please email anytime after 6:00 pm on the Monday before the Tuesday paddle and remember to let us know if you have reserved but can't make it.   See you there!

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    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

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Pearson College, Pedder Bay
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    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

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe Program - Colquitz Middle School

    Contact: Jared Adams: jadams@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Two of Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe, Canada 

    PFDs, paddles, painters, bailers & throw bags

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    This course is designed for those who are new to kayaking or those who have been kayaking but have never taken any formal training. 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/

    Prerequisites: None
    Cost: $45

    Club kayaks: available at no charge

    Note: Invitations to register will first be sent to individuals currently on a waitlist from 2019 courses. Open registration will follow, if there are any available spaces left.

    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Wet Exit
    • Assisted Re-entries

    Paddling Skills

    • Lifting and Carrying a Kayak
    • Launching and Landing
    • Emptying the Kayak
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Forward & Reverse Sweep Strokes
    • Pivots
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Edging

    General Knowledge

    • Kayak Part Names and Outfitting
    • Paddling and Safety Equipment
    • Injury Prevention
    • Sunsense
    • Collision Regulations
    • Navigation
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • 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

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software