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

    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 07:00
    • 03 Jul 2022
    • 20:00
    • Club Locarno Kayak Shed
    Registration is closed

    Kayaks must be rented in order to use them overnight or for trips that don't originate at the JSCA. Please confirm rental availability by contacting the Kayak Director at kayaking@clublocarno.com or on the Club Locarno slack channel. 

    A craft can be rented for up to ten days, and rentals are limited to one per member and four boats at any one time.  Double kayaks are available to one member and a guest. You take full responsibility for loss and damage when you rent gear from the club.  More details on rentals can be found here.
    Rentals are on a first-come, first served basis according to registration date.  Lessons and other club events have priority over rentals, so please check the calendar for scheduled lessons and checkouts when planning your trip. Boats cannot be reserved ahead of time so you should plan on picking up the boat(s) of choice either at dusk of the evening prior to rental or early on the day of the rental (particularly important if you are relying on a double). Ensure you have appropriate gear to transport the boats safely.  There are some foam blocks and straps in the kayak shed.

    Craft signout: When you pickup your rental boat, you must sign out the boat under Rentals on the Craft Signout including the date and estimated time of return. Please do NOT sign out a rental craft until you pick it up.

    Once the Kayak Director has confirmed your rental you will be  you will be given a rental code to complete your booking.

    • 03 Jul 2022
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • Jericho Sailing Centre - Main Picnic Area
    • 29
    Register

    Calling all members and friends!

    Join us for another fabulous Club Locarno BBQ on Sunday July 3rd from 6pm to 8pm at Jericho Sailing Centre - Main Picnic Area near the entrance.

    Let's celebrate the beginning of summer fun times on the water and get social this coming long weekend!

    You are welcome to bring a friend, member or not - just indicate a guest will be joining you when registering. The cost is $5 per person.

    We will be sure to have some veggie and gluten-free options. 

    So come down, have some fun, some food and meet some members!


    • 06 Jul 2022
    • 17:30 - 19:00
    • Kayak shed
    • 2
    Register

    Come and checkout on the surfski fleet and try out the fastest kayaks on the water!

    This is a requirement for anyone who wants to use the surfski fleet. It is not a lesson and you should have previous experience on surfskis or be an experienced kayaker with good balance. This not suitable for kayaking beginners.

    The check out is done in two parts. A dry land section where we discuss storage and care of the gear (will also review the rescues) and the in-water self-rescues. 

    Arrive promptly and bring a wetsuit or drysuit - everyone swims!

    Please review the following links with instructions and tips about how to remount a surfski:

    https://youtu.be/Jxk126VDtNM

    https://youtu.be/lhXhTVnhA58


    • 07 Jul 2022
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 5
    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.

    We will follow any Covid-19 protocols that may be in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.


    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 07:00
    • 11 Jul 2022
    • 18:00
    • Portland Island, Pender Island and Prevost Island

    A 3 night tour of the beautiful Gulf Islands (Portland Island, Pender Island, Prevost Island, Main Island) starting at Tsawwassen, catching the ferry to Swartz Bay early Friday morning July 8th. We will be returning late afternoon from Main Island Monday, July 11th

    We did this trip approximately 5 years ago and it is certainly time to return!

    Trip Leader: Robert Holley

    Trip Organizer: Barbara Holley

    This is a Level 2 Trip:

    Somewhat exposed waters, Some short crossings (approximately 3km), Some swell possible, minor surf landings. Experience in Level 1 trips. Some experience paddling in moving water. Ability to paddle at 3-4 km/h for 6 hours per day for two or three consecutive days (with breaks). Competent in self-rescues and rescue of others in moderate wind and waves. Previous trip experience is an asset.  



    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 09:00
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 16:00
    • Kayak shed & picnic tables at east end of JSCA compound
    • 4
    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.

    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.

    If you pass, this lesson will also act as your Club Locarno Kayak Fleet Checkout and you will be free to take out the fleet kayaks and bring a guest.

    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.

    Cancellation Policy: There is no refund. Cancellation will only be accepted up to 3 days in advance of the course. Prior to 3 days you can register for a difference course. 

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 09:30 - 12:30
    • 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.

    We will follow any Covid-19 protocols that may be in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.


    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Locarno Kayak Shed (east end of JSCA compound)
    • 6

    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.

    We will follow any Covid-19 protocols that may be in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.


    • 22 Jul 2022
    • 09:00
    • 25 Jul 2022
    • 18:00
    • Copeland Islands & Desolation Sound
    Register

    A 3 night trip (Fri, Sat, Sun & return Monday) to the beautiful Copeland Islands and tour of the area around in Desolation Sound. Possible day paddles to Savary Island or Cortes Islands depending on interests of group. Catching the ferry from Horseshoe Bay early Friday morning July 22nd and traveling up to Lund on the Sunshine Coast where we will launch. We will be returning the night of Monday July 25th (likely 8:15 pm ferry back from Langdale). 

    We will be limited to 6 paddlers total, so if more apply to join than we have room for we will select names based on transportation needs, previous trip participation or random lottery. There will be a trip planning meeting with all participants one or two weeks before the trip and a test paddle as a group from Jericho (likely Saturday July 9).

    Costs: Club Locarno trip fee, ferry, share of parking fee at Lund Marina, share of gas.

    Trip Leaders/Organizers: Gay Stephenson and Zahra Remtulla

    This is a Level 1.5-2 Trip: The paddle up to the Copelands from Lund is only about 2.5 hours, but we will explore the area on Saturday and Sunday so the ability to paddle at 3-4 km/hr for 5 - 6 hours per day for 2-3 consecutive days (with breaks) is recommended. Some short crossings and some wind possible. Experience in Level 1 trips would be an asset. Competency in self-rescues and rescue of others in calm/moderate conditions as well.


    • 28 Jul 2022
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 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.

    We will follow any Covid-19 protocols that may be in effect at Jericho Sailing Centre and Club Locarno.


    • 04 Sep 2022
    • 07:00
    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 20:00
    • Club Locarno Kayak Shed
    Registration is closed

    Kayaks must be rented in order to use them overnight or for trips that don't originate at the JSCA. Please confirm rental availability by contacting the Kayak Director at kayaking@clublocarno.com or on the Club Locarno slack channel. 

    A craft can be rented for up to ten days, and rentals are limited to one per member and four boats at any one time.  Double kayaks are available to one member and a guest. You take full responsibility for loss and damage when you rent gear from the club.  More details on rentals can be found here.
    Rentals are on a first-come, first served basis according to registration date.  Lessons and other club events have priority over rentals, so please check the calendar for scheduled lessons and checkouts when planning your trip. Boats cannot be reserved ahead of time so you should plan on picking up the boat(s) of choice either at dusk of the evening prior to rental or early on the day of the rental (particularly important if you are relying on a double). Ensure you have appropriate gear to transport the boats safely.  There are some foam blocks and straps in the kayak shed.

    Craft signout: When you pickup your rental boat, you must sign out the boat under Rentals on the Craft Signout including the date and estimated time of return. Please do NOT sign out a rental craft until you pick it up.

    Once the Kayak Director has confirmed your rental you will be  you will be given a rental code to complete your booking.

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