VCKC Sea Kayak Event Calendar

    • 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


    • 07 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 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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    This course is offered by VCKC and instructed by VCKC volunteer instructors. It follows the Paddle Canada Basic Skills requirements. Click here for details:


    Basic Kayak Skills Course Description

    This course is suitable for members who are new to kayaking or are wishing to register for a Paddle Canada Level 1 course in the future. This course fulfills the requirements for joining kayak outings with VCKC.

    Prerequisites: must be a member of VCKC

    Course length: 8 hours 

    Course fee: $40 (Registration closes May 6)

    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.

    For questions or to contact the Kayak program about this course, send an email to: kayakadmin@vckc.ca



    • 13 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 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.

    Join waitlist
    This course is offered by VCKC and instructed by VCKC volunteer instructors. It follows the Paddle Canada Basic Skills requirements. Click here for details:


    Basic Kayak Skills Course Description

    This course is suitable for members who are new to kayaking or are wishing to register for a Paddle Canada Level 1 course in the future. This course fulfills the requirements for joining kayak outings with VCKC.

    Prerequisites: must be a member of VCKC

    Course length: 8 hours 

    Course fee: $40 (Registration closes May 6)

    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.

    For questions or to contact the Kayak program about this course, send an email to: kayakadmin@vckc.ca



    • 20 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9

    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.

    Entry fee $180 per team /  Minimum of 3 women per team.   *Late registration may be available if space permits; late fee of $240 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_SwithBlade2016.pdf    Please print, complete and obtain signatures.  Email completed waivers to: switchbladeregistrar@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 8th 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 endeavor to put people in-touch with clubs that may have OC6s or other boats available.  

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

    Waivers are required: Link to download and print.


    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 355 Gorge Rd W, (VCKC Club House)
    • 6

    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


    • 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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