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

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 4
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Em will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 04 May 2019
    • 08:00
    • 05 May 2019
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 5
    Register
    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




    • 18 May 2019
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 5
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Rob will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 25 May 2019
    • 07:00
    • 26 May 2019
    • 20:00
    • Indian Arm
    Register

    This is a great introductory trip to overnight paddling!  Stunning scenery, sheltered waters and an abundance of wildlife.

    We will launch at Deep Cove early on Saturday morning and will camp at either Granite Falls or Twin Islands depending on conditions and the level of group.  We will return on Sunday, and should be back at Jericho by early evening.

    Pre-requisites: Checked out for kayak fleet (or signed up for a checkout before May 25th), moderate fitness, practiced rescues in the last 12 months.  Although the area is sheltered you should be comfortable paddling in wind up to 12 knots.

    Level: Level I
    Kayak Trip Rating System

    (Please note we have limited transport available so please confirm if you are able to transport any kayaks.)

    We will be limited to 6 paddlers, so if more apply to join we will select names at random on April 7th.

    Any questions about the trip, please contact Em at kayaking@clublocarno.com

    (Note: Flat rate for all club trips in 2019 is $20.)


    • 26 May 2019
    • 08:00 - 12:00
    • Kayak shed
    • 3
    Register

    Come and try out the fastest kayaks on the water!

    This is a mandatory lesson for anyone who wants to use the surfski fleet, who isn't already checked-out in surfkis. 

    Open to all members of the kayaking fleet.  Not suitable for kayaking beginners.

    You will learn launching, landing and self-rescues, as well as how to look after these fragile boats.  The lesson may also cover paddling and racing techniques.

    Please arrive promptly and dress for immersion (wetsuit or drysuit) - everyone swims!

    Paddle Canada qualified instructor Mark will teach this lesson.


    • 30 May 2019
    • 18:30 - 22:30
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 5
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Adam will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 18:30 - 22:30
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Adam will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 08:00
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    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




    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 - 14:00
    • JSCA
    Register

    Planning a kayak trip this summer but not sure where to begin?  Never done an overnight trip?  Or are you an experienced kayak tripper who'd like to lead trips for the club?

    Join us for a trip planning/ leading workshop to share ideas and learn something new. 

    Agenda will include:

    • Selecting and evaluating a route;
    • Trip logistics and transportation;
    • Weather, tides, currents;
    • Online resources;
    • Club resources;
    • Responsibilities of the leader;
    • Dealing with issues on, before or after a trip;
    • Trip ideas in BC

    This workshop is free to all members.  Please register if you're coming!


    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 16 Jun 2019
    • Desolation Sound

    A multi-day trip in stunning Desolation Sound.

    Niel will lead this trip.

    Details to Follow

    • 16 Jun 2019
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Rob will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Kayak Shed
    Register

    A monthly social paddle lead by the kayaking director, or another volunteer.

    Tonight's focus will be on paddle strokes.

    Meet at 6pm for a 6.30pm launch.

    This is an event for anyone checked-out to use the kayak fleet.  You may also bring a guest.  All levels of paddlers are welcome.

    Please register if coming and remember to cancel if not.

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • Sunshine Coast
    Register

    A beautiful area, with calm waters, a mountain backdrop and an excellent introduction to multi-day kayaking.

    We will meet early in the morning at the club, and catch the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale.  We will most likely launch from Tuwanek and camp 2 nights at Kunechin Point, a stunning campsite at the head of the inlet.  This will give ample time to explore the local area.

    Pre-requisites: Checked out for kayak fleet (or signed up for a checkout before June 22nd), moderate fitness, practiced rescues in the last 12 months.  Although the area is sheltered you should be comfortable paddling in wind up to 12 knots.

    Level: Level I
    Kayak Trip Rating System

    (Please note we have limited transport available so please confirm if you are able to transport any kayaks.)

    We will be limited to 4 paddlers in addition to the two leaders, so if more apply to join we will select names at random on April 29th.

    Anja and Adam will lead this trip.

    (Note: Flat rate for all club trips in 2019 is $20.)


    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Em will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 08:00 - 12:00
    • Kayak shed
    • 2
    Register

    Come and try out the fastest kayaks on the water!

    This is a mandatory lesson for anyone who wants to use the surfski fleet, who isn't already checked-out in surfkis. 

    Open to all members of the kayaking fleet.  Not suitable for kayaking beginners.

    You will learn launching, landing and self-rescues, as well as how to look after these fragile boats.  The lesson may also cover paddling and racing techniques.

    Please arrive promptly and dress for immersion (wetsuit or drysuit) - everyone swims!

    Paddle Canada qualified instructor Mark will teach this lesson.


    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 - 15:00
    • Club Locarno Kayak Shed (Jericho Sailing Centre, NE corner of compound)
    Register

    Club Locarno's Kayaking Fleet welcomes Sea Kayak Association BC (SKABC) members to join us for a paddle and BBQ at Jericho Sailing Centre.

    We will meet at the kayak shed at 10am, with the plan to be on the water by 10.30am.

    We'll paddle for 2-3 hours then roll out the BBQ for lunch!  We welcome 'pot luck' contributions to the feast.

    SKABC members and Club Locarno kayak fleet members are all welcome!

    Club Locarno kayaks and gear will be made available to SKABC members as our guests, but you're welcome to bring your own equipment if preferred.

    Please register if you're coming!

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.

    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 08:00 - 12:00
    • Kayak shed
    • 3
    Register

    Come and try out the fastest kayaks on the water!

    This is a mandatory lesson for anyone who wants to use the surfski fleet, who isn't already checked-out in surfkis. 

    Open to all members of the kayaking fleet.  Not suitable for kayaking beginners.

    You will learn launching, landing and self-rescues, as well as how to look after these fragile boats.  The lesson may also cover paddling and racing techniques.

    Please arrive promptly and dress for immersion (wetsuit or drysuit) - everyone swims!

    Paddle Canada qualified instructor Mark will teach this lesson.


    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Em will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Kayak Shed
    Register

    A monthly social paddle lead by the kayaking director, or another volunteer.

    Tonight's focus will be on speed and endurance.

    Meet at 6pm for a 6.30pm launch.

    This is an event for anyone checked-out to use the kayak fleet.  You may also bring a guest.  All levels of paddlers are welcome.

    Please register if coming and remember to cancel if not.

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 08:00
    • 14 Jul 2019
    • 15:00
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 6
    Register
    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




    • 23 Jul 2019
    • 18:30 - 22:30
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Adam will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


    • 10 Aug 2019
    • 08:00
    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 16:00
    • 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.  




    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Kayak Shed
    Register

    A monthly social paddle lead by the kayaking director, or another volunteer.

    Tonight's focus will be on rescues.

    Meet at 6pm for a 6.30pm launch.

    This is an event for anyone checked-out to use the kayak fleet.  You may also bring a guest.  All levels of paddlers are welcome.

    Please register if coming and remember to cancel if not.

    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 19 Aug 2019
    • Wallace Island

    A classic multi-day trip to Wallace Island, in the Gulf Islands.

    Ideal for intermediate paddlers, with trip experience.

    Em will lead this trip.

    Details to Follow

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 09:00 - 13:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6
    Register

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

    This checkout is for experienced paddlers who can demonstrate a competent solo recovery with a paddle float, and recovery of another kayaker (T-rescue is the recommended technique.)

    Existing fleet members may also take this as a refresher course.

    Please bring immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit), wind breaker jacket, hat and a warm drink.  All other gear will be provided.

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

    Em will be your session leader.

    Email kayaking@clublocarno.com with any questions.


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