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

    • 01 Feb 2020
    • (PST)
    • 23 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 49 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Saturday morning marathon canoe paddles from 8 am to 10:30 followed by coffee/ tea etc., occur year-round. This is a great time for anyone interested in knowing more about the marathon canoe program - minimum of small boat experience and/or canoe lakewater 1 required.  The program caters to every skill level from beginner to advanced competitor. Contact the marathon Director before attending.

    • 07 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 52 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 are opportunities for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Minimum of Lakewater 1 and small boat experience is required. If you are interested in attending, contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 01 Jul 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 52 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 are opportunities for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Small boat experience ans at least Lakewater 1 is required. If you are interested in attending  contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 29 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 14 sessions
    • Upper Gorge

    This is an opportunity for members to join each other and have some fun on the water. It is open to anyone from any program. We will be on the water for approximately 2 hours. The trip will be up to Portage Inlet and back, weather permitting.

    This would be a great opportunity to explore some new paddling experiences as part of a group

    • 03 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 26 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 13 sessions
    • Upper Gorge

    Registering for this event is a show of interest. It does not mean that you will attend every session.

    This is an opportunity for members to join each other and have some fun on the water. It is open to anyone from any program. We will be on the water for approximately 2 hours. The trip will be up to Portage Inlet and back, weather permitting.

    This would be a great opportunity to explore some new paddling experiences as part of a group.

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 13 sessions
    • Upper Gorge

    This is an opportunity for members to join each other and have some fun on the water. It is open to anyone from any program. We will be on the water for approximately 2 hours. The trip will be up to Portage Inlet and back, weather permitting.

    This would be a great opportunity to explore some new paddling experiences as part of a group.

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 14 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Blue Dog Kayaking Mill Bay
    Register

    This course provides national certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills course.

    The Level-1 Instructor is certified to:

    • conduct Paddle Canada Waterfront Kayak, Basic Kayak and Level-1 Skills courses and certify paddlers at those levels,
    • assist a Level-2 Instructor on a Level-2 Skills course, and
    • assist a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer on a Basic Kayak Instructor or Waterfront Instructor course.

    Prerequisites

    • At least 18 years of age.
    • Skills Certification
      • Paddle Canada Level-2 Skills.
    • Teaching Experience
      • None, though it is highly recommended that the prospective candidate have taught a minimum of two Basic Kayak Skills courses within the past three years, being the lead instructor on at least one of those courses.
    • First Aid Certification
      • Current certification in first aid (14 hours) with CPR.
    • Paddling Experience
      • 30 days in Level-1 conditions (including overnights).

    Skills certification prerequisite note: With the permission of the Instructor Trainer, a candidate may enroll in a Level-1 Instructor course prior to completing their Level-2 Skills certification. Certification as a Level-1 Instructor is delayed until Level-2 skill certification and all other requirements are complete. Passing the instructor course will be subject to the provision of completing the required Level-2 skill certification and updating the Instructor Course Report within one year.


    • 30 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 01 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 3 sessions
    • First Alert Office A 920 Johnson Street & Elk Lake
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This fun and interactive 20 hour course is a must for anyone who spends time more than an hour away from medical aid.

    Session 1 - 4 hour indoor theory

    Session 2 - 8:00 to 16:30 at outdoor location

    Session 3 - 8:00 to 16:30 at outdoor location

    The course includes trip planning and preparation, adult, child and infant CPR (Level C),obstructed airway procedures, artificial respiration, use of an Automated External Defibrillator, prevention of disease transmission, and wound management. Recognition and first-aid treatment for drowning/partial drowning, heart attack and stroke, allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock, hypothermia, heat stroke, bone, muscle and joint injuries, poisons, burns, diabetic emergencies, head and spine injuries, evacuation and transportation, and extended care will also be covered. 

    Participants will spend the majority of the course doing hands on first aid and participating with scenarios. By practicing with scenarios, students gain confidence, learn to improvise  and react in emergency situation

    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 8:30 AM (PDT)
    • 01 Nov 2020
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     This is the Basic- Level 1 Combo Kayak Course for individuals with some experience wishing to begin the process of certification with Paddle Canada. Day 1 will cover the Basic and Level 1 shared skills and Day 2 will cover the advanced skills and a trip beyond the upper gorge. For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down

    In the event that a participant is unable to demonstrate adequate skills to participate in the Level 1 portion (second day) they will receive a Basic Certification, partial refund and be invited to attend another Level 1 course later.

    The trip portion of the course will either be under Tillicum bridge to the harbour area or if that is not possible a site that requires transporting the kayaks. This is to ensure that the water conditions due provide a higher skill development option. For the trip segment you will need to bring lunch and refreshments.

    For the rescue segment on day 1 and day 2, participants will require a dry suit as water temperatures in the fall will be lower. If you don’t have a dry suit the instructor has some for rent ($30) paid directly to him.

    All participants are required to bring a face mask and hand sanitizer as these will not be provided. All efforts will be undertaken to ensure appropriate social distancing, however, in the event that less than the 2 meters occur you will need these items. 

    You must have attended the protocol orientation session and signed the waiver regarding the COVID protocol prior to attending the course. If you have not already completed this requirement contact kayak@vckc.ca to arrange a session.

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. If you will be using a club PFD your must bring a whistle as these are required when on the water.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak at kayabooking@vckc.ca. Participants will be required to properly clean any equipment that is used at the end of the session.

    Due to the current participant restrictions a maximum of 6 registrants will be accepted.

    Payment must be received at time of booking your spot or it will not be guaranteed. 

    There is limited places for purchasing food around the Club so it is best that you bring a lunch, snacks and beverages.

    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Upper Gorge
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Improving your paddling technique helps increase the efficiency of your stroke, allows you to paddle longer and increases your ability to respond to changes in water or weather conditions. The correct paddle length is also important to effectively and efficiently move the kayak in the water.

    Brian Mallory has agreed to conduct paddle stroke clinics for members on Saturday mornings. The clinic will give the opportunity for new and experienced paddlers to develop and improve their techniques. If you have your own kayak and paddle it is best to bring them to the clinic. If you require a club kayak contact kayakbookings@vckc.ca. Club kayaks will be available only for the clinic as a courses is running in the afternoon.

    Each clinic will be limited to six (6) paddlers to allow for individual attention. We anticipate starting the clinics Saturday October 31 and  running thru to November 21if sufficient interest is seen. Each clinic will be 2 hours (10:00-12:00). 

    Clinic are open to any member who has completed the Basic Kayak Course.

    Pre registration is required and the cost is $15.

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Hi VCKC Kayakers and Canoeists,

    We're going to be headed to Cole Island in Esquimalt Harbour for a day trip on Saturday November 7 2020.  Our trip starts at the VCKC Clubhouse.  We'll paddle up the Gorge to the Shoreline launch.  Then, we'll strap wheels to our boats and pull them across an easy 1km portage to Portage Park.  We'll do a little exploring around Esquimalt Harbour and then to Cole Island for lunch.  Cole Island has a low dock landing which is friendly for kayakers.  We'll have people to hold your boat if you are unsure about a dock landing.  Cole Island has numerous historic buildings to check out. After lunch we'll head back to Portage Park following the opposite shoreline, revisit the portage, and paddle down the Gorge back to the clubhouse. 

    Cole Island does not have washroom facilities

    Optional wet exit and rescue training to finish off the trip.

    Click here to see our route

    Paddle Distance approx 10 km (5.4nm )

    Portage Distance approx 2 km

    Capacity:  Max of 8 boats

    Trip Leaders

    Mike Teachman (leading 10am group)

    David Dorosz (leading 11am group)

    Skill Level and Experience Beginner

    Participants will have certification (or equiv skills) of:

    Paddle Canada Kayak Basic

    or 

    RCABC Canoe Lakewater 1

    If you are unsure about the suitability of your skills, equipment or clothing, please contact a trip leader for advice prior to the paddle date.

    The Plan (please read carefully):

    Group 1 (10am start):  Led by Mike Teachman

    Our aim is to have everyone on the water by 10:00 AM

    Please arrive at the VCKC clubhouse by 9:30 am.  

    We anticipate being back to the clubhouse around 2:00 pm

    Group 2 (11am start):  Led by David Dorosz

    Our aim is to have everyone on the water by 11:00 AM

    Please arrive at the VCKC clubhouse by 10:30 am.  

    We anticipate being back to the clubhouse around 3:00 pm

    Canoe Registration: 

    All canoeists need to register.   Please indicate your paddle partner's name, if you know.

    What to Bring

    Canoe/Kayak Cart:  Every boat will need a kayak/canoe cart.  

    The club has 3 carts that can be borrowed.  They will be allocated based on the order that people register for the event.  Many club members have carts that can likely be borrowed.

    Safety Gear:  Boats must carry the following safety equipment. 

    • PDF for each person (worn)
    • whistle
    • bailing device e.g. pump or bailer
    • throw rope
    • painter on both ends (canoeists only)
    • spare paddle (canoeists only)

    Lunch:  We'll be stopping for lunch at Cole Island.  There are no toilets (but many bushes)

    What to Wear

    This is a nearshore ocean paddle. As a minimum you will need to wear synthetic based clothing such as polypropylene, nylon, or wool. .

    Option to practice wet-exits, and rescues:   

    When was the last time you flipped your kayak or canoe and practiced getting out and then back in?  There will be no better time and conditions to practice this skill than right at the end of our trip, in the area in front of the clubhouse.  This is 100% optional for everyone  There is no pressure at all to participate.   Usually this is fun with a lot of laughs.  Mike will offer to get wet if someone volunteers to rescue him.

    Covid-19 safety

    Participants are asked to bring a face mask and hand sanitizer in case either is required.  We will maintain recommended Covid distances at all times during the event
    In order to be eligible to participate you will have attended an orientation session on the Covid protocols and signed a waiver.

    If you need to borrow a club boat

    send an email request to:

    kayakbooking@vckc.ca

    or

    canoebooking@vckc.ca

    Trip Contacts

    Mike Teachman

    mike.teachman@gmail.com

    home:  250 598 6866

    text:  250 507 5673


    David Dorosz

    david.dorosz@shaw.ca

    home: 250 508 2030


    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • VCKC Compound
    • 3
    Register

    This session is designed to provide members with information on how the new protocol will impact their access to the clubhouse, compound and equipment. It is a requirement to participate in any VCKC events and courses. At the time of the orientation you will have the opportunity to sign the new waiver. A waiver must be signed by each family member if yours is a family membership and any family member who will use equipment or access the clubhouse needs to attend a session.

    Please bring a face masks as for some parts of the session social distancing is less than the recommended 2 meters. You are all asked to bring hand sanitizer to use after you have touched items in the clubhouse.

    • 11 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Cowichan River
    Register

    Remembrance Day Paddle on the Cowichan

    The VCKC Canoe program will be holding its Annual Remembrance Day Cowichan River Paddle on Wednesday November 11. This event is open to all VCKC members who have completed the Basic Moving Water course at a minimum. The schedule is as follows:

    •   8 am – meet at VCKC clubhouse to gather equipment and arrange ride shares (if possible)
    •   9 am – meet at Serious Coffee, Boys Road, Duncan
    • 10 am – Arrive at Stoltz Pool boat ramp to gear up, dress up, and run shuttle vehicles
    • 11 am – Observe Remembrance at the Burma Star Memorial (Stoltz Pool Boat Ramp)
    • 11:30 onward – Paddle the Cowichan River (class 1&2) down to Vimy Road takeout

    This is a great river event for both novice and experienced river paddlers alike. If you completed one of our Moving Water courses this past year, this is a great opportunity to hone your skills while having lots of fun on the river during salmon run.

    If you have you require a club canoe, please contact canoebooking@vckc.ca. We will get those loaded onto the VCKC trailer on the evening of Tuesday November 10th.

    This will need to be a safe socially-distanced event:

    •  Masks are required during any vehicle shuttles
    •  We will split into smaller groups (up to 8) and run the river in stages
    •  Big Canoes are not available this year due to COVID – small solo and tandem canoes and kayaks only
    •  All club equipment will need to be cleaned well before being put away at the end of the day.

    If you are interested in this event, please complete the registration form attached indicating if you will meet at the club or at the launch site. A copy of your registration will go to  Joe Boyd. This will help him get an idea of numbers and ensure no one gets left behind. Of course, the river is free to all. If you are organized to paddle the river, see you in Duncan at 9 am or at Stoltz between 10 and 11 am.

    • 13 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 15 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 3 sessions
    • First Alert Office A 920 Johnson Street
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This fun and interactive 20 hour course is a must for anyone who spends time more than an hour away from medical aid.

    Session 1 - 4 hour indoor theory

    Session 2 - 8:00 to 16:30 at outdoor location

    Session 3 - 8:00 to 16:30 at outdoor location

    The course includes trip planning and preparation, adult, child and infant CPR (Level C),obstructed airway procedures, artificial respiration, use of an Automated External Defibrillator, prevention of disease transmission, and wound management. Recognition and first-aid treatment for drowning/partial drowning, heart attack and stroke, allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock, hypothermia, heat stroke, bone, muscle and joint injuries, poisons, burns, diabetic emergencies, head and spine injuries, evacuation and transportation, and extended care will also be covered. 

    Participants will spend the majority of the course doing hands on first aid and participating with scenarios. By practicing with scenarios, students gain confidence, learn to improvise  and react in emergency situation

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Upper Gorge
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Improving your paddling technique helps increase the efficiency of your stroke, allows you to paddle longer and increases your ability to respond to changes in water or weather conditions. The correct paddle length is also important to effectively and efficiently move the kayak in the water.

    Brian Mallory has agreed to conduct paddle stroke clinics for members on Saturday mornings. The clinic will give the opportunity for new and experienced paddlers to develop and improve their techniques. If you have your own kayak and paddle it is best to bring them to the clinic. If you require a club kayak contact kayakbookings@vckc.ca

    Each 2 hour (10:00-12:00) clinic will be limited to six (6) paddlers to allow for individual . 

    Clinic are open to any member who has completed the Basic Kayak Course.

    Pre registration is required and the cost is $15.

    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (PST)


    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Upper Gorge
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Improving your paddling technique helps increase the efficiency of your stroke, allows you to paddle longer and increases your ability to respond to changes in water or weather conditions. The correct paddle length is also important to effectively and efficiently move the kayak in the water.

    Brian Mallory has agreed to conduct paddle stroke clinics for members on Saturday mornings. The clinic will give the opportunity for new and experienced paddlers to develop and improve their techniques. If you have your own kayak and paddle it is best to bring them to the clinic. If you require a club kayak contact kayakbookings@vckc.ca

    Each clinic will be limited to six (6) paddlers to allow for individual attention. We anticipate starting the clinics Saturday October 31 and  running thru to November 21if sufficient interest is seen. Each clinic will be 2 hours (10:00-12:00). 

    Clinic are open to any member who has completed the Basic Kayak Course.

    Pre registration is required and the cost is $15.

    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • (PST)
    • VCKC
    Register

     This is the master list of members who are waiting to take Kayak courses through VCKC.  Please complete the registration form to be added to the list.

    The list is used to plan what courses VCKC will offer to ensure that our members are eligible to use club kayaks and participate in club sanctioned paddles.

    The date that your registration is entered is used to ensure that members are offered the opportunity to participate in courses based on how long they have been on the list. 

    Once you complete a course your registration will be altered to indicate the next course level and the date will also be updated.

    When courses are scheduled, the administrator will add potential participants based on this list. An automatic email will be send and individuals can either confirm by paying the course fee or withdraw by sending an Return email. The system will automatically register the next candidate from the wait list.

    The course will not be made public therefore you will not be able to self register.

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