April 7 Club Meeting

Bob Salo, our Safety Officer, will be presenting a safety session on TOWING. Come prepared with questions. This is something we all need to know about.

We will also have some very informal info on TRIPS at side tables. Anyone wanting to discuss a favourite area to paddle please let Karin know. Bring charts and pictures if you have them. Karin will have charts of Desolation Sound, Barkley Sound, and God's Pocket and beyond….. (but I don't necessarily have to talk about them all if someone else wants to….). This will be a chance to socialize…

Doors open at 7pm, meeting at 7:30. At the Vancouver Museum / Planetarium. Public welcome!

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MEC Club Night Apr. 21

SKABC has received its annual invitation to participate in a special clubs event on April 21 from 7-9 pm. This is held at the West Broadway location.

Everything in the store will be 10% off including boats and bikes. Discounted and online items are not included. You are able to put items on hold for 48 hours before the event.
As the store will be closed during the event, we have to provide numbers of participants for staffing purposes so you are asked to RSVP if you intend to shop. We need to give them the information one week before.

We are also able to have an information and membership table at the event. Please let Karin know if you would be willing to staff such a table.

To RSVP, please contact Karin at karinhartner@gmail.com

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Kayaker needed for paid commercial Apr. 4


My name is Thalita and I am working on ‘Project Health’. It is a commercial that will be on the web. We are looking for 30-50 year old, male or female, (any race is fine). We are in need of one paddle boarder, one kayaker and maybe a cyclist as well. They should be in good physical shape. We would like to shoot on Saturday (2-3pm) They must have their own equipment. We will pay 400$ for two hours.

Please let me know if you have anyone that could do this, or if we could post this at your centre so that we can get in contact with people. My number is 1-778-318-8425.

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Turning the Tide Paddle 2015 July 24th to 28th

The Turning the tide group is inviting SKABC members to participate in their 2015 paddle in the gulf islands.

Turning the tide
As long as the Salish Sea faces threats from industrial development, we will paddle, sail, swim and peacefully protest. Join us July 24th to the 28th for another voyage linking our islands in solidarity to protect the Salish Sea.
Register at http://turningthetide.ca/register/

This is a sharing of information about an event that members may be interested.
Members should be aware they are participating as member of the public.

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SKABC is organizing the Reel Paddling Film Festival March 27

Friday March 27, 2015                 7:00pm

Langara College A130 Theatre

100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver BC V5Y 2Z6 (2 blocks E of Langara – 49th Ave SkyTrain)

Update: Thanks to everyone who volunteered and attended this successful event!

Admission was: $15.00 advance (shown through the ticket agent as US$11.00) $17.00 at the door.

An exciting variety of new releases of short paddling films, selected for your excitement and interest!  Ocean paddling, White water, Travel sagas, Environmental issues, Paddling humour....and more.............. Prizes! Silent Auction including kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals, lodging, clothing and gear from Deep Cove Canoe and Kayaking, Ecomarine, MEC, T’ai – Li Lodge, Patagonia, Flowerbox and BC Marine Trails.

Net proceeds to BC Marine Trails Network Association

Previews at bit.ly/1zjMGER.


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Big Brothers /Sisters Kayak Event – Saturday 30 May, 2015

boysThis has become an annual event and is very much appreciated by the big and little brothers and sisters who participate. The event is popular with both boys and girls, and both organisations have more applications than we can manage. For logistical and safety reasons we run this event for one day only, and the boys and girls paddle doubles, partnered by their big brother or sister.

Volunteers are needed for this worthy day. Give a little of your time to give the kids a fun day on the water. Your duty will be to simply accompany the kids, one volunteer per double for a 2 hr paddle on Indian Arm. Your reward will be the obvious enjoyment of all who participate.

We will run 3 shifts, starting at 9.00, 12.00 and 2.00, with 4 volunteers per shift, so let me know which shift/s you would like. Volunteers and kids will be fed Pizza and fruit on return from their paddle.

Contact Maureen benzon@telus.net for more details

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Necky – Eliza Polymer Touring Kayak and accessories for sale

Necky - Eliza Polymer Touring Kayak With Rudder - 2013 Model, 15.3 ft long, 22" wide, 49 lbs, ideal for women or small man. New condition - no damage, only used 6 times (including twice in a pool). Includes: Brooks skirt, tow line, NRS cockpit cover, paddle float, bilge pump, life jacket. Asking $1750.00 OBO - new retail, all in, over $2600.00. Contact rodney.sands@oracle.com

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Meeting Tue March 3: Chris Cooper and Alice Purdey

Spirit of the Coast. Guest Speaker Chris Cooper: Travelling our beautiful BC coast by Great Canoe is known as the grandfathers’ journey by coastal First Nations peoples. International paddler Chris Cooper has made this journey many times. In this presentation, Chris shows images of the coastal beauty and brings his expertise on First Nations communities from Fort Langley to Alaska, highlighting some of the great historical journeys with First Nations peoples in Great Canoes. This includes Vision Quest 1997/98, Tribal Journeys 1999 to 2014, and others over the past 40 years of traveling by kayak and canoe.

Chris’s experiences reach far and wide traveling by paddle from Washington State to Alaska, kayaking Canada’s High Arctic, the British Isles from the Isles of Scilly to Shetland and many other unique areas around the world.
Chris has been featured in many magazines including Canadian Geographic, BC Business, Explore Magazine, Adventurous Magazine, ZDF German Television, the BBC and STV, CBC and Global television. Including several film documentaries produced over the past 20 years.

Alice Purdey:  Member of SKABC for four years. Alice has paddled many places on the coast, including personal and club kayak trips and in great canoes with Chris Cooper and his wife Barbara. One journey took place from Prince Rupert to Bella Bella in 2012 and another was on the first leg of a journey from Kwantlen (Fort Langley) to Prince Rupert last summer. Alice’s presentation this evening touches on many aspects of life on the coast in a brief attempt to depict all that contributes to the Spirit of the Coast – its vibrancy and variety, its changes and threats.

At the Vancouver Museum / Planetarium. Doors open at 7pm, meeting at 7:30. Public welcome.

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Training Course Registration and 2015 Course Schedule


Register for this year's courses by clicking on Course Registration OPEN! in the Hot Links  to the right.

Check out the Training Schedule  by clicking on Training Schedule 2015 (PDF) in the Hot Links to the right.


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Anyone into a local paddle this afternoon?

Hi- looking for anyone who would like to get out on the water this afternoon- anywhere local- Indian Arm, Port Moody or Howe Sound. I live in Burnaby. Call me at 778 870 6043 if interested today or any other week day. Thanks

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