Kayaking Calendar: lessons, clinics and events

Please review the upcoming Kayak lessons, clinics and events, and sign up for those in which you are interested.

In order to manage our costs, we must do our best to fill the scheduled lessons.  If we don't have enough registered participants a week before the lesson, we may have to cancel and re-register you in a later session.

Upcoming events

    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 07:30 - 18:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 5

    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 day trip will go the Lighthouse Park.

    Estimate distance is around 15 miles(25km) return.

    Members who like to join must have done some longer distance paddle(Wreck Beach, Stanley Park, the Bell) in this season already and you should able to make a average speed 2-3nm(4-6km) per hour. 

    You should as well be comfortable  with long crossings and bigger waves if the wind picks up at the crossing.

    Crossing will take around 1,5-2,5 hours, depending on conditions.

    This is not a beginner/novice trip !

    Final decision will made on that morning.

    Please don’t make plans for the early evenings as 6pm could be realistic.

    What to bring:

    Wet suite, food for lunch, snack(for on the water), sun cream, hat, lots of drinking water.


    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Kayak shed
    • 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

    Come and try out our fleet of the fastest paddle boats on the water!

    Clinic attendance is mandatory if you want to use the surfskis.

    This session is open to anyone who is cleared(checked out) to use the kayak fleet.

    Some time on the water(not suitable for kayak beginners) will improve your chances of success, as will a good sense of balance ...
    Please dress for immersion(wet suite) - everyone swims!

    Clinic minimum: 3 members

    Session leader: Sean

    Please follow these links to learn more about remounting a surfski and surfski strokes(mandatory!)

    Remount surfski ...

    http://www.surfski.info/getting-started/story/1021/essential-surf-ski-skills-the-remount.html

    https://vimeo.com/60809717

    https://vimeo.com/90942303

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=89g4t3tV14c

    Surfski strokes ...

    http://www.surfski.info/getting-started/story/1017/getting-started-paddling.htmlhttp://www.surfski.info/getting-started/story/1020/the-forward-stroke.html

    More optional videos:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y3HidTihOSw https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BeXlUVFKrFs
    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 18:30 - 20:00
    • JSCA Members Lounge

    We are in the organization stage of a major kayak expedition along the Salish Sea Marine Trail.  The entire  journey could take 15-19 days launching August 28th, but it is feasible to do part of it.  If you are interested, please register to join us at a planning meeting on July 28th in the members lounge.

    Here is a possible route Salish Sea Marine Trail  To see more detail, you can download the file and open it using Google Earth.  Right-click on any daily segment in the description at left, and select Get Info, then Measurement, to see the paddling distance.

    Pre-requisites: Experience in overnight kayak trips, ability to paddle 15NM per day in moderate wind (10-15kn).

    Level: Level III
    Kayak Trip Rating System


    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 30 Jul 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 4
    This introductory lesson is intended for those with limited kayak experience and will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor. More details of this lesson can be found here.

    Please bring:
    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.

    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.

    Your instructor will be Mark




    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 5
    This is a general kayak session that combines checkouts
    and refreshers.  Details can be found here.

    If you are doing a checkout, be sure to review your technique for both paddle-float solo recovery and assisted recovery (T rescue) - this is not a lesson!

    Emily will be your session leader.  

    Please bring immersion gear(wetsuit or drysuit) and wind breaker jacket and hat.
    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 5

    Level-1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level-1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level-1 or greater skill and knowledge.  This a a 12 hour class delivered over a weekend, and the cost you will find here.  Mark will be leading this course.

    Successful candidates earn a Paddle Canada Level 1 skills certification.  The full course outline is here

    Prerequisite: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge.

    Requirements: Must wear PFD and wetsuit. We provide PFD's, you must bring a wetsuit (either your own or you can rent).

    Please bring:

    • a lunch,
    • a wet suit or dry suit,
    • a synthetic layer for under the wet suit,
    • rain jacket or wind shell that you don’t mind getting wet, 
    • shoes or booties that you can wear in the water, and
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards.
    Lessons will start on the hour - please arrive a bit early.  We will start on land and have an opportunity to change into wetsuits before we launch.  




    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    This is a general kayak session that combines checkouts
    and refreshers.  Details can be found here.

    If you are doing a checkout, be sure to review your technique for both paddle-float solo recovery and assisted recovery (T rescue) - this is not a kayak lesson!

    Stefan will be your session leader.  

    Please bring immersion gear(wetsuit or drysuit) and wind breaker jacket and hat.
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    This is a general kayak session that combines checkout 
    and refreshers.  Details can be found here.

    If you are doing a checkout, be sure to review your technique for both paddle-float solo recovery and assisted recovery (T rescue) - this is not a kayak lesson!

    Stefan will be your session leader.  

    Please bring immersion gear(wetsuit or drysuit) and wind breaker jacket and hat.

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