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

    • 12 May 2021
    • 19:30 - 21:00 (PDT)
    • Home
    Register

    Kayak Trip Planning Meeting for Leaders - 7:30pm - Wednesday, 2021-05-12

    THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE ZOOM MEETING.

    This meeting is for members who would like to lead one or more club trips this summer.  We will be brainstorming our many local destinations for day trips - In the event travel restriction orders are extended past May 25.

    In anticipation that the orders will be lifted - (at least by July!) - we will also look at destinations further afield. We’ll also be discussing various levels of trips (catering to differing abilities of members) and club protocols for preparation and trip roll-out.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone on zoom and getting back into summer tripping!

    There is also Kayak Trip Preparation Meeting for Trippers - 7:30pm  Wednesday, 2021-05-26 - for those who would like to participate in a trip, but not necessarily lead one.


    • 15 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 16 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound (Starts 10am)
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    This weekend course will teach all of the skills required to get on the water and more.  This course is ideal for beginners or lapsed paddlers who need a refresher. Amongst things you will learn are different paddle strokes, how to self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor. 

    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.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    A non-medical grade face mask must be warn at all times in the JCSA compound.

    Course Goal

    To be able to move the kayak efficiently and effectively in all directions, and confidently do a paddle-float re-entry and assisted re-entry*, in calm water.

    Suitable for:

    • beginners
    • experienced kayakers who are rusty
    • experienced kayakers who want to learn to be more efficient and avoid injury

    There will be a lot of personal feedback, so whatever your level, you will be challenged and learn ways to refine your skills.

    Skills

    The goal is to have every stroke effective, efficient, and safe, so that the kayak moves exactly where you want it to go, quickly, with a minimum amount of effort, and without risking injury or long-term strain.We will focus on body mechanics, to always be in a strong, safe position.

    Strokes: forward, reverse, forward sweep, reverse sweep, pivot turn, stopping, pulling draw, sculling draw. Depending on the time and interest, we may start looking at rudder strokes.

    Safety skills: wet exit, solo (paddle float) and assisted re-entries. If there's time and interest we may try a cowboy scramble or other rescue skills

    Other skills: Introduction to edging and bracing

    Trip planning: Intro to risk assessment, assessing the current conditions, marine weather, tides and currents, planning a day paddle, potential hazards, local knowledge of English Bay.

    Assessment

    Pass: We want to know that you can be safe on the water, so you will need to demonstrate a basic ability to control your kayak with paddle strokes, be able to do a wet exit, and do a paddle float re-entry. In order to get guest privileges, you need to demonstrate an ability to do an assisted rescue.

    *Note: due to COVID protocols assisted rescue will only be available for pairs in the same family bubble

    What to Bring

    Mandatory:

    Wetsuit or Drysuit: A 3mm 3/4 sleeveless wetsuit (farmer john/jane) is ideal for kayaking, with a jacket and insulation layers on top. I prefer getting it in 2 pieces - neoprene pants and a vest, it's more versatile and comfortable. If you have a full body wetsuit, it's fine for the course, but you may find it uncomfortable and too hot for regular paddling. A shorty is not acceptable - not warm enough for our ocean water temperatures. You can rent wetsuits from Jericho Kayak Centre, Mac Sailing, or Windsure. Please book it with them in advance to make sure that they're open and can accommodate you.

    Footwear: For warmth, and protection from cuts, scrapes, and blisters. A 3mm neoprene high top bootie with no zipper is ideal, but any neoprene bootie, water shoe, sport sandal, or old runners will do for the course.

    Food: The Galley is too slow for our lunch break, so please bring your own food, including on-water snacks. This is a physical course, so it's important to stay fueled and hydrated

    Water: Have a bottle that you can bring on the water with you. There is a filtered water dispenser for filling bottles on site.

    Recommended:

    Sunglasses: Highly recommend having a strap, and either floating sunglasses or a floating strap. Polarized is better. The sea gods of English Bay demand occasional tribute of sunglasses, so avoid bringing expensive designer glasses.

    Glasses strap: If you wear prescription glasses, a floating strap is a good investment

    Sunscreen: There is no shade on the water, and the sun reflects of the surface, so the sun exposure is much higher than on land. Mineral-based (zinc or titanium oxide) sunscreens are more effective and less damaging to sea life.

    Dry Warm Clothes: Expect to be cold when we get off the water. You will appreciate having some dry warm clothes (and possibly a towel) waiting for you.

    Phone and Case: When you bring your phone on the water, keep it in a waterproof case.

    Gloves: For warmth and to prevent blisters. Fingerless gloves are best

    Hat: A wide brim, floating hat with a chin strap is ideal.

    The best places to get paddling gear are Coast Outdoors in North Vancouver and Western Canoe and Kayak

    Notes:

    • We try to finish on time, but it's not guaranteed, so please don't book anything immediately following the course.
    • -It can be a physically challenging course, so take care of yourself, and plan to get sufficient rest, sleep, and nutrition on Saturday night.

    *due to covid, the assisted re-entry part of the course is currently suspended. We will offer a free workshop to course participants on the assisted re-entry when safe to do so.



    • 16 May 2021
    • 09:00 - 13:00 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 3
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


    • 20 May 2021
    • 17:00 - 21:00 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 4
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


    • 22 May 2021
    • 08:00 (PDT)
    • 23 May 2021
    • 16:00 (PDT)
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    Register

    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

    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.  




    • 27 May 2021
    • 17:00 - 21:00 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


    • 29 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 30 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This weekend course will teach all of the skills required to get on the water and more.  This course is ideal for beginners or lapsed paddlers who need a refresher. Amongst things you will learn are different paddle strokes, how to self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor.  

    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,
    • a complete change of warm clothes for afterwards, and
    • a non-medical grade face mask

    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.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    All participants are required to wear a mask while in the compound, maintain physical distancing, wash hands often and be kind! Participant information will be collected to facilitate contact tracing if required. 

    Wetsuits can be rented at Windsure (please arrange a wetsuit rental prior to the course)




    • 06 Jun 2021
    • 09:00 - 13:00 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


    • 10 Jun 2021
    • 17:30 - 21:30 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


    • 12 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound (Starts 10am)
    • 5
    Register
    This weekend course will teach all of the skills required to get on the water and more.  This course is ideal for beginners or lapsed paddlers who need a refresher. Amongst things you will learn are different paddle strokes, how to self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor. 

    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.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    A non-medical grade face mask must be warn at all times in the JCSA compound.

    Course Goal

    To be able to move the kayak efficiently and effectively in all directions, and confidently do a paddle-float re-entry and assisted re-entry*, in calm water.

    Suitable for:

    • beginners
    • experienced kayakers who are rusty
    • experienced kayakers who want to learn to be more efficient and avoid injury

    There will be a lot of personal feedback, so whatever your level, you will be challenged and learn ways to refine your skills.

    Skills

    The goal is to have every stroke effective, efficient, and safe, so that the kayak moves exactly where you want it to go, quickly, with a minimum amount of effort, and without risking injury or long-term strain.We will focus on body mechanics, to always be in a strong, safe position.

    Strokes: forward, reverse, forward sweep, reverse sweep, pivot turn, stopping, pulling draw, sculling draw. Depending on the time and interest, we may start looking at rudder strokes.

    Safety skills: wet exit, solo (paddle float) and assisted re-entries. If there's time and interest we may try a cowboy scramble or other rescue skills

    Other skills: Introduction to edging and bracing

    Trip planning: Intro to risk assessment, assessing the current conditions, marine weather, tides and currents, planning a day paddle, potential hazards, local knowledge of English Bay.

    Assessment

    Pass: We want to know that you can be safe on the water, so you will need to demonstrate a basic ability to control your kayak with paddle strokes, be able to do a wet exit, and do a paddle float re-entry. In order to get guest privileges, you need to demonstrate an ability to do an assisted rescue.

    *Note: due to COVID protocols assisted rescue will only be available for pairs in the same family bubble

    What to Bring

    Mandatory:

    Wetsuit or Drysuit: A 3mm 3/4 sleeveless wetsuit (farmer john/jane) is ideal for kayaking, with a jacket and insulation layers on top. I prefer getting it in 2 pieces - neoprene pants and a vest, it's more versatile and comfortable. If you have a full body wetsuit, it's fine for the course, but you may find it uncomfortable and too hot for regular paddling. A shorty is not acceptable - not warm enough for our ocean water temperatures. You can rent wetsuits from Jericho Kayak Centre, Mac Sailing, or Windsure. Please book it with them in advance to make sure that they're open and can accommodate you.

    Footwear: For warmth, and protection from cuts, scrapes, and blisters. A 3mm neoprene high top bootie with no zipper is ideal, but any neoprene bootie, water shoe, sport sandal, or old runners will do for the course.

    Food: The Galley is too slow for our lunch break, so please bring your own food, including on-water snacks. This is a physical course, so it's important to stay fueled and hydrated

    Water: Have a bottle that you can bring on the water with you. There is a filtered water dispenser for filling bottles on site.

    Recommended:

    Sunglasses: Highly recommend having a strap, and either floating sunglasses or a floating strap. Polarized is better. The sea gods of English Bay demand occasional tribute of sunglasses, so avoid bringing expensive designer glasses.

    Glasses strap: If you wear prescription glasses, a floating strap is a good investment

    Sunscreen: There is no shade on the water, and the sun reflects of the surface, so the sun exposure is much higher than on land. Mineral-based (zinc or titanium oxide) sunscreens are more effective and less damaging to sea life.

    Dry Warm Clothes: Expect to be cold when we get off the water. You will appreciate having some dry warm clothes (and possibly a towel) waiting for you.

    Phone and Case: When you bring your phone on the water, keep it in a waterproof case.

    Gloves: For warmth and to prevent blisters. Fingerless gloves are best

    Hat: A wide brim, floating hat with a chin strap is ideal.

    The best places to get paddling gear are Coast Outdoors in North Vancouver and Western Canoe and Kayak

    Notes:

    • We try to finish on time, but it's not guaranteed, so please don't book anything immediately following the course.
    • -It can be a physically challenging course, so take care of yourself, and plan to get sufficient rest, sleep, and nutrition on Saturday night.

    *due to covid, the assisted re-entry part of the course is currently suspended. We will offer a free workshop to course participants on the assisted re-entry when safe to do so.



    • 17 Jun 2021
    • 17:30 - 21:30 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 17:30 - 21:30 (PDT)
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

    All new members of the kayak fleet are required to take a kayak lesson, or demonstrate their existing skills in a Kayak Checkout, before they can sign out club boats.

    This checkout is for paddlers who can demonstrate basic kayak skills, a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, an assisted rescue, as well as a floating launch and land.  If you don't already have these skills, or haven't been in a kayak for a while and feel a bit rusty, we recommend that you sign up for one of our beginner/refresher lessons instead.

    Please register as space is limited, and so we can email you more details.

    Checkout sessions take approximately 3hrs and is a great way to meet other new members of the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet.

    Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.

    • Face masks are required at all times in the Jericho compound.
    • Smaller groups - checkouts limited to three people plus volunteer clinic leader.
    • Assisted rescue can deferred if you do have someone in your social bubble in the checkout.


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