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

    • 11 Jun 2024
    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
    • 0
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    Kayak Rolling clinic lead by Club Locarno's certified instructor Mark Nodwell.  A four part clinic leading you through the fundamentals of rolling a kayak.

     This an eight hour class delivered over four evenings:

    • Tuesday 11 June 6-8:30pm
    • Friday 14 June 6-8:30pm
    • Tuesday 18 June 6-8:30pm
    • Friday 21 June 6-8:30pm

    and the cost to you will be $75. 

    You should ensure you can attend ALL the sessions to successfully and safely complete the clinic.

    Prerequisite: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification (Fundementals+) 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 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 early to select a kayak and setup.  We will start on land.  If you feel you might get nauseous try Ginger Gravol. Node clips, swim goggles and ear plugs can help.




    • 14 Jun 2024
    • 07:00
    • 18 Jun 2024
    • 20:00
    • Club Locarno Kayak Shed
    Register

    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.

    Kayak Care: please look after the kayaks. Most kayak rentals are for trips which means carrying a loaded kayak. Do not drop loaded kayaks. Make sure you have something under the kayak when beached. You MUST use floating launches and landings. Ensure you have suitable roof gear and know how to do a three-point tie down on the car. Loaded kayaks will crack if they hit rocks.

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

    We encourage all kayak renters to participate in the BC Marine Trails Coastal Caretakers program for site cleaning and reporting. 

    • 15 Jun 2024
    • 09:00
    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 16:00
    • Kayak shed & picnic tables at east end of JSCA compound
    • 0
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    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 do a wet exit & self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor. 

    This class also doubles up as your checkout for the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet, so on successful completion of this class you'll be able start paddling.

    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 Jun 2024
    • 07:00
    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 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.

    We encourage all kayak renters to participate in the BC Marine Trails Coastal Caretakers program for site cleaning and reporting. 

    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 - 12:00
    • Meet at the picnic benches near the kayaks/windsurf can on the East side of the JSCA compound.
    Register

    One of the best things about Club Locarno is the wide variety of fleets we have! If you are a Locarno member, but haven't tried the Rowing Fleet, then this Cross Fleet Exploration event is for you! Even if you don't plan on joining this fleet, this is a great opportunity to see the other parts of our club that your membership fees support!

    At this free event, you will get a hands-on feel of what the Rowing Fleet offers. No previous experience necessary. Possible (wind dependent) activities include:

    • Coffee/treats, welcome, and introductions
    • Look at the different kinds of hulls we have
    • Try out rowing on a rowing machine
    • Get into an echo and try rowing near the shore (you'll be tied to the beach so you can't go anywhere)
    • Row while towing an experienced member on an SUP

      We hope you will join us!

      Rowing Fleet volunteers: please also register here so we know how many volunteers we can expect to help with this event.

      What to Wear
      Any synthetic athletic clothing that you don't mind getting wet. Rowing is the only fleet where a wetsuit is not usually worn. You can row in bare feet, but often some sort of water footwear is worn.

      • 19 Jun 2024
      • 18:00 - 21:00
      • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
      Register

      Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

      We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

      This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

      Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

      Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

      Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

      Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

      If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


      • 22 Jun 2024
      • 10:00 - 12:00
      • Meet at the picnic benches near the kayaks/windsurf can on the East side of the JSCA compound.
      Register

      One of the best things about Club Locarno is the wide variety of fleets we have. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and come and see what the Kayaking Fleet has to offer. Our fleet of human-powered water craft includes touring kayaks, surfskis, OC1 and canoe! If you are a Club Locarno member, but haven't tried the Kayaking Fleet, then this Cross Fleet Exploration event is for you! Even if you don't plan on joining this fleet, this is a great opportunity to see the other parts of our club that your membership fees support and meet other Club Locarno members!

      At this free event, you will get a hands-on feel of what the Kayaking Fleet offers. No previous experience necessary. Possible (wind dependent) activities include:

      • Coffee/treats, welcome, and introductions
      • Look at the different kinds boats we have (kayak, surfski, outrigger canoe)
      • Get an introduction to the basics of how to paddle
      • Go through the process of rigging a kayak
      • Join other kayak members for leisurely guided paddle
      • Try getting your bum into a surfski near shore to see if you can stay upright (with the assistance of a volunteer)

      We hope you will join us!

      Kayak Fleet volunteers: please also register here so we know how many volunteers we can expect to help with this event.

      What to wear: 
      Wetsuits are advised if you want to surfski (wetsuits can be rented from Windsure if you do not already have one). If you just plan on kayaking, bring a wind jacket and wear any athletic clothing that is NOT cotton.

      • 26 Jun 2024
      • 18:00 - 21:00
      • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
      Register

      Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

      We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

      This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

      Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

      Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

      Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

      Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

      If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


      • 03 Jul 2024
      • 18:00 - 21:00
      • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
      Register

      Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

      We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

      This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

      Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

      Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

      Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

      Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

      If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


      • 04 Jul 2024
      • 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:

      • wet exit
      • a competent solo recovery or self rescue with a paddle float
      • an assisted rescue
      Also, we ask members to use a floating launch and landing to reduce wear and tear on the kayaks.  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.

      You must wear a wetsuit or dry suit for the checkout. Wetsuits can be rented at Windsure, also on the JSCA compound. 

      • 05 Jul 2024
      • 09:00
      • 07 Jul 2024
      • 18:00
      • Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Marine Provincial Park
      Register

      Club trip to Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Marine Provincial Park just of Naniamo.

      This trip is aimed at kayakers who are beginner campers but others are welcome to join us if there is room. Priority will be given to those who want to gain camping experience and test their skills rolling on & off BC Ferries. We'll take up to ten kayaks (12 people assuming couples in doubles).

      This is a joint adventure with SUP fleet. SUP fleet participants can also register on the SUP Trip event.

      For kayakers: this is a roll-on roll-off camping trip. We will transport the kayaks to Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal (and gain experience lashing kayaks onto cars). We will roll onto the ferry, roll-off at Discovery Bay, walk the kayaks to the launching site and paddle to Saysutshun. 

      For SUP: probably need some cars to travel on the ferry to carry the SUPs. But some may be able to walk on carrying camping gear and take the bas/taxi to the Saysutshun ferry,

      We have a group campsite for two nights (Friday, Saturday). 

      • Friday - ferry probably 12:00pm ferry
      • Saturday - day trip
      • Sunday - morning trip 
        Return  - ferry probably 3:20pm

      For kayakers: the longest day will be up to 20 km of paddling depending on weather conditions and group skills. Depending on numbers, we may split into two groups for day excursions. Day trip destinations will depend on the weather:

      • Hudsons Rocks / Pipers Lagoon Park
      • Gabriola (East Coast)
      • Descanso Bay / Park
      • Nanaimo River

      This is an explorer trip: paddling will be more aimed at exploring the coastline and islands.

      We have the option of eating a supper at the Dinghy Dock Pub on neighbouring Protection Island

      Pre-requisite experience:  Level 1 skills. Some experience paddling in wind and chop. Ability to paddle at 3-4 km/h for 4-5 hours or 15-20km (with breaks). Competent in self-rescues and assisted rescue.

      We will be limited to 12 campers, so if more apply to join we will select names based on experience or at random.  There will be a trip planning meeting with all participants the week before the trip and a test paddle as a group from Jericho.  

      Transportation: we will need cars for transporting kayaks to Horseshoe Bay. We'll book as walk-on passengers (with kayaks) with BC Ferries

      Costs: Club Locarno trip fee, ferry, share of camping fee, share of parking fee at Horseshoe Bay.

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



      • 07 Jul 2024
      • 07:00
      • 14 Jul 2024
      • 20:00
      • Club Locarno Kayak Shed
      Register

      Surfskis must be rented in order to take them off site for racing events. Please confirm rental availability by contacting the Tom the Fleet Captain (surfski@locarno.com) or Kayak Director at kayaking@clublocarno.com or on the Club Locarno slack channel (best option). 

      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 offsite usage. 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. 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.

      • 07 Jul 2024
      • 10:00 - 12:00
      • Meet at the picnic benches near the kayaks/windsurf can on the East side of the JSCA compound.
      Register

      One of the best things about Club Locarno is the wide variety of fleets we have! Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and come and see what the Windsurfing and SUP Fleets have to offer. Our SUP Fleet includes leisure and racing stand-up paddle boards. Our Windsurfing Fleet includes beginner boards, long boards for going upwind, advanced short boards, foiling boards, and wing foiling kits. If you are a Locarno member, but haven't tried the Windsurfing or SUP Fleets, then this Cross Fleet Exploration event is for you! Even if you don't plan on joining these fleets, this is a great opportunity to see the other parts of our club that your membership fees support!

      At this free event, you will get a hands-on feel of what the Windsurfing Fleet and Stand-up Paddling Fleet offer. No previous experience necessary. Possible (wind dependent) activities include:

      • Coffee/treats, welcome, and introductions
      • Try out the Windsurfing Fleet
        • look at different kinds of boards and foils we have
        • get on the windsurfing simulator on the beach 
        • try uphauling a sail on the water (your board will be tied to the beach or held in place by a volunteer)
        • try flying the wings on the beach
      • Try out the Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Fleet
        • look at different kinds of boards and paddles we have (including the inflatables that can be rented)
        • get an introduction of how to stand on the board and how to paddle
        • go for a short paddle with SUP Fleet members

        We hope you will join us!

        Windsurfing and SUP Fleet volunteers: please also register here so we know how many volunteers we can expect to help with this event. If you are a member of both fleets, pick which fleet would be your first choice to help with. 

        What to Wear
        Usually wetsuits are required for windsurfing. However, for this event we will make wetsuits optional since we will be staying relatively close to shore. You can wear any synthetic athletic clothing that you don't mind if it gets wet. Bare feet or water shoes are acceptable. 
        Keep in mind that even if it is a hot day, it is easy to get cold if you are falling in the water a bunch and/or if the wind is high. If you wish, you can rent wetsuits from Windsure. 

        • 10 Jul 2024
        • 18:00 - 21:00
        • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
        Register

        Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

        We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

        This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

        Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

        Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

        Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

        Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

        If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


        • 13 Jul 2024
        • 09:00
        • 14 Jul 2024
        • 16:00
        • Kayak shed & picnic tables at east end of JSCA compound
        • 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 do a wet exit & self-rescue, day trip planning and local trip options.  It will be delivered by a certified Paddle Canada instructor. 

        This class also doubles up as your checkout for the Club Locarno Kayak Fleet, so on successful completion of this class you'll be able start paddling.

        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. 

        • 17 Jul 2024
        • 18:00 - 21:00
        • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
        Register

        Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

        We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

        This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

        Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

        Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

        Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

        Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

        If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


        • 19 Jul 2024
        • 18:00
        • 21 Jul 2024
        • 17:00
        • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
        • 6
        Register

        Our Intermediate / Paddle Canada Level-1 lesson 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 class is delivered over a weekend:

        • Friday 6pm - 9pm (dry land classroom session)
        • Saturday 9am-5pm
        • Sunday 9am-5pm

        Cost: $175 

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

        Prerequisite: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification (Fundementals+) or equivalent skill and knowledge.

        Requirements: We provide PFD's, you must bring a wetsuit (either your own or you can rent at Windsure) or a dry suit.

          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.  

          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. Or use a dry suit.

          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 when you may transfer to another course if one is available.




          • 23 Jul 2024
          • 02 Aug 2024
          • 4 sessions
          • Kayak shed at east end of JSCA compound
          • 6
          Register

          Kayak Rolling clinic lead by Club Locarno's certified instructor Mark Nodwell.  A four part clinic leading you through the fundamentals of rolling a kayak.

           This an eight hour class delivered over four evenings:

          • Tuesday 23 July 6-8:30pm
          • Friday 26 July 6-8:30pm
          • Tuesday 30 July 6-8:30pm
          • Friday 2 Aug 6-8:30pm

          and the cost to you will be $75. 

          You should ensure you can attend ALL the sessions to successfully and safely complete the clinic.

          Prerequisite: Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification (Fundementals+) 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 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 early to select a kayak and setup.  We will start on land.  If you feel you might get nauseous try Ginger Gravol. Node clips, swim goggles and ear plugs can help.




          • 24 Jul 2024
          • 18:00 - 21:00
          • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
          Register

          Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

          We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

          This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

          Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

          Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

          Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

          Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

          If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


          • 31 Jul 2024
          • 18:00 - 21:00
          • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
          Register

          Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

          We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

          This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

          Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

          Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

          Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

          Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

          If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


          • 03 Aug 2024
          • 10:00 - 12:00
          • Meet under the white tent near the JSCA entrance
          Register

          One of the best things about Club Locarno is the wide variety of fleets we have! Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and come and see what the Sailing Fleet has to offer. Our fleet includes many kinds of monohulls, catamarans, skiffs, and foiling boats. If you are a Locarno member, but haven't tried the Sailing Fleet, then this Cross Fleet Exploration event is for you! Even if you don't plan on joining this fleet, this is a great opportunity to see the other parts of our club that your membership fees support!

          At this free event, you will get a hands-on feel of what the Sailing Fleet offers. No previous experience necessary. Possible (wind dependent) activities include:

          • Coffee/treats, welcome, and introductions
          • Look at the different kinds of boats we have
          • Get a basic introduction to points of wind and how it is possible to sail upwind
          • Get an introduction to what foiling is and how it works

          • Try out hoisting a sail and steering with a tiller in hand
          • Join a Sailing Fleet volunteer for a ride in the boat of your choice (we will rig as many bi-handed boats as we have skippers for). 

            We hope you will join us!

            Sailing Fleet volunteers: please also register here so we know how many volunteers we can expect to help with this event.

            What to Wear
            Usually wetsuits are required for sailing. However, for this event we will make wetsuits optional. Keep in mind that even if it is a hot day, it is easy to get cold if the wind is high. You can rent wetsuits from Windsure on the east side of the JSCA compound. If you decide to sail without a wetsuit, our volunteers will keep the sail short and close to shore.

            • 07 Aug 2024
            • 18:00 - 21:00
            • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
            Register

            Wednesday evening Social Paddle. Watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancellation. 

            We'll meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm launch.  Note new time to take advantage of longer evenings

            This is a member run, weekly kayak and a chance to meet other paddlers - perhaps plan future excursions.  We will try to have a group leader for each social event.  The socials will vary depending on the group, from just a nice easy paddle to slightly more strenuous.  The group will stay together for the social. 

            Launch from the beach at 6:30pm!  So, aim to meet at 6pm to get organized.  Return: at dusk (30min after sunset) at the latest. 

            Guests & new members:  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME (provided you have kayaking experience)!  Check with the Kayak Director to see if someone might be able to sign you out as a guest and that you have suitable skills to join the social paddle. You may also bring a guest who has kayak paddling experience (remember you are responsible for guests & equipment you sign out).      

            Please register for the event, and cancel if you can't make it so others know if they will have company.  Please check if others are registered before turning up, unless you're happy to paddle alone.  

            Weather permitting - we'll probably cancel if its raining or winds higher than 20km/h. Please watch the #kayak channel on Club Locarno Slack for last minute changes. 

            If you'd like to sponsor a social kayak join the #kayak-social-paddle-leaders slack channel.


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