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

    • 25 Feb 2024
    • 10:00 - 13:00
    • Kayak Shed & Picnic Tables
    Register

    We'll continue our social paddles through the fall and winter, weather permitting. Unpermitted weather is likely to be below 0degC, winds stronger than about 10km, rain, hail or snow. But watch the #kayak Slack channel for changes to the schedule or cancelation. 

    The weather changes quite quickly. We'll make Sunday the default day, but we'll try and post on the Club Locarno Slack #kayak channel on Friday evening if we think we should switch to a Saturday paddle.

    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 winter 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 10:30am!  So, aim to meet at 10am to get organized. 

    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, below 0C 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 Mar 2024
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • Lord Byng Pool (meet at JSCA)
    • 0
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    Kayak Pool Practice at Lord Byng Pool

    This event is open to all Club Locarno members and all levels of kayaker, beginner to advanced.

    Why attend: Pool time is an excellent opportunity to practice your wet exits, self rescues, assisted rescues or rolling technique in a friendly, safe and warm environment. This is also a great opportunity to connect with other Club Locarno kayakers and plan trips for the coming paddle season. It's is also a chance to learn how to load and safely karry kayaks on kars. It can be a hot tub time - relax in the Lord Byng hot tub on a cold winter evening. 

    We'll have six boats in the pool with a paddler. We can also have one 'helper' per kayak in the pool to coach and assist.  If you're not in a kayak or actively helping you'll have to sit in the hot tub

    We'll meet at JSCA at 6pm to load boats and gear onto the cars - we need three cars that can safely carry kayaks (roof rack bars preferred). 

    What to bring: Bring your swim suit, rash shirt and towel. Also, bring swim goggles as being able to see clearly under the water really helps orient yourself when upside down. Nose clips if you don't like water up your nose. 

    Lord Byng Pool Rules:

    • Only kayakers and active helpers in the pool. There are no swimmers or floaters
    • Kayakers must were a PFD. 
    • Helpers must be competent swimmers or wear a PFD
    • Rental is one hour, sharp (7pm-8pm). So we need to have the boats unloaded from the cars and ready to carry in before 7pm
    • No food or drink on the pool deck please
    • You must sign the Lord Byng waiver before entering the pool

    There are four pool sessions planned.  Depending on demand for this event, we may limit the number of pool seasons you can join. We need three cars and drivers, so we may need to give preference to those members who can help with transportation.

    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 16:00 - 20:00
    • Lord Byng Pool (meet at JSCA)
    • 4
    Register

    Kayak Pool Practice at Lord Byng Pool

    This event is open to all Club Locarno members and all levels of kayaker, beginner to advanced.

    Note new time: Meet at 4pm at JSCA for 5-6pm pool time

    Why attend: Pool time is an excellent opportunity to practice your wet exits, self rescues, assisted rescues or rolling technique in a friendly, safe and warm environment. This is also a great opportunity to connect with other Club Locarno kayakers and plan trips for the coming paddle season. It's is also a chance to learn how to load and safely karry kayaks on kars. It can be a hot tub time - relax in the Lord Byng hot tub on a cold winter evening. 

    We'll have six boats in the pool with a paddler. We can also have one 'helper' per kayak in the pool to coach and assist.  If you're not in a kayak or actively helping you'll have to sit in the hot tub

    We'll meet at JSCA at 4pm to load boats and gear onto the cars - we need three cars that can safely carry kayaks (roof rack bars preferred). 

    What to bring: Bring your swim suit, rash shirt and towel. Also, bring swim goggles as being able to see clearly under the water really helps orient yourself when upside down. Nose clips if you don't like water up your nose. 

    Lord Byng Pool Rules:

    • Only kayakers and active helpers in the pool. There are no swimmers or floaters
    • Kayakers must were a PFD. 
    • Helpers must be competent swimmers or wear a PFD
    • Rental is one hour, sharp (5pm-6pm). So we need to have the boats unloaded from the cars and ready to carry in before 7pm
    • No food or drink on the pool deck please
    • You must sign the Lord Byng waiver before entering the pool

    There are four pool sessions planned.  Depending on demand for this event, we may limit the number of pool seasons you can join. We need three cars and drivers, so we may need to give preference to those members who can help with transportation.

    • 11 Apr 2024
    • 07:00
    • 14 Apr 2024
    • 20:00
    • Club Locarno Kayak Shed
    • 8
    Register

    Gerald Island Invasive Species Removal. Kayaks can be rented for a nominal fee for this BCMT event. You are responsible for transportation of the kayak to a suitable launching point to cross to Gerald Island. You must register for the event with BCMT. Let the Kayak Director know via Club Locarno Slack that you'd like to rent and for which days. 

    All trip planning and coordination will be done on the Club Locarno Slack channel - #kayak_bcmt_gerald_island

    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. 

    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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