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CalendarSunMonTueWedThuFriSatSMTWTFS8:30 AM - Jericho Sunday Morning Paddle - 2B234512:00 AM - SKABC 40th ANNIVERSARY SPRING FLING1:30 PM - Spring Fling: Shoreline paddle (2A)891112:00 AM - Beginners Course - May 12-14 202312:00 AM - Stave Lake Overnight (2C)1516176:00 PM - Trip Leader Workshop (2 evenings)198:00 AM - White Rock Crabbing Paddle - 2B8:00 AM - Apodaca Park paddle - 3B2122232512:00 AM - Newcastle Island Marine Park Camping2829303115:30 PM - Remote First Aid (20 hr course)12:00 AM - Big Brothers and Big Sisters Paddle30 AprSun, Apr 30, 20238:30 AM - 1:00 PMCome and have a fun Sunday morning paddle in English Bay from Jericho Sailing Centre. Route will be determined by the ability of paddlers and [...]01 MayJoin us for a presentation by JF Marleau on kayak fishing. The presentation will focus on kayak fishing sustenance on expeditions and proper kayak fishing for food and sport. Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87834086796?pwd=Z0FIMGNCd1BsOCtpSHExNnBpQWorQT09 Meeting ID: 878 3408 6796 Passcode: 85967906 MaySat, May 6, 2023All DaySign up for the pizza dinner here. You can also sign up for a paddle -- see the other event listings.06 MaySat, May 6, 20238:30 AM - 4:30 PMSpring Fling 40th Anniversary paddle! Our group will launch from Cates Park and have lunch at Thwaytes Landing.06 MaySat, May 6, 202310:30 AM - 4:30 PMSpring Fling 40th Anniversary paddle! Our group will paddle to have lunch at Twin Islands.06 MaySat, May 6, 20231:30 PM - 4:30 PMSpring Fling 40th Anniversary Paddle! This group will paddle along the shoreline to Deep Cove and back.07 MaySun, May 7, 20239:00 AM - 3:00 PMJoin us for a Sunday morning paddle. Meet at Rocky Point at the boat launch at 9:00 am so we can be on the water [...]10 MayWed, May 10, 20235:30 PM - 9:00 PMCome and have a fun Wednesday evening paddle in English Bay from Jericho Sailing Centre. Route will be determined by the ability of paddlers and [...]10 MayWed, May 10, 20237:00 PM - 9:00 PMCoast Outdoors staff will share information and product knowledge on "dressing for the weather" and provide tips on what to consider before purchasing clothing, including [...]10 MayWed, May 10, 20238:00 PM - 9:00 PMOn Wed May 10th, Coast Outdoors staff will be sharing information and product knowledge on "dressing for the weather" and provide tips on what to [...]12 MayFri, May 12, 2023 - Sun, May 14, 2023All DayThis course will give you the basic skills and knowledge to land and launch safely on surf beaches and increase your confidence in rough water. This is not a course on surfing.12 MayFri, May 12, 2023 - Sun, May 14, 2023All DayThe Beginner Course will give you the basic skills and knowledge to go on trips in sheltered waters or to join competently led trips in places such as Indian Arm and the Gulf Islands.13 MaySat, May 13, 2023 - Sun, May 14, 2023All DayCamp in region of Glacier Bay or Clearwater bay or opposite shore.14 MaySun, May 14, 20239:00 AM - 3:00 PMJoin us for a Sunday morning paddle. Meet at Rocky Point at the boat launch at 9:00 am so we can be on the water [...]18 MayThu, May 18, 20236:00 PM - 9:00 PMIn this 2 evening workshop you will learn skills to help you successfully lead a kayaking trip.Sat, May 20, 20238:00 AM - 4:00 PMWe will be kayaking from White Rock West Beach to set traps for Dungeness crabs in Boundary Bay. We’ll work on rigging, paddle out and [...]20 MaySat, May 20, 20238:00 AM - 5:00 PMPlease join us to paddle from Whytecliff Park to Apodaca Provincial Park at Bowen Island. Meet up at 8am at Whytecliff Park parking lot, ready [...]24 MayWed, May 24, 20235:30 PM - 9:00 PMCome and have a fun Wednesday evening paddle in English Bay from Jericho Sailing Centre. Route will be determined by the ability of paddlers and [...]26 MayFri, May 26, 2023 - Sun, May 28, 2023All DaySKABC has reserved group site G5 for the Weather Course. Join in and share the site and join in the Saturday night potluck.27 MaySat, May 27, 2023 - Sun, May 28, 2023All DayThe Weather Course will teach you the basic skills and knowledge to make a go or no-go decision for a kayak launch based on the weather.02 JunFri, Jun 2, 2023 - Sun, Jun 4, 20235:30 PM - 5:00 PMRemote First Aid is practical, hands-on training designed for casual campers or day hikers. Gain the confidence you need to make informed decisions in emergencies [...]03 JunSat, Jun 3, 2023All DayVolunteers needed! This is a wonderful day where youth get to experience being on the water and building a relationship with their Big Brother or Sister.Events on Sun, Apr 30, 202330 Apr30 Apr 23VancouverEvents on Mon, May 1, 202301 MayEvents on Sat, May 6, 202306 May6 May 23North Vancouver06 May6 May 23North Vancouver06 May6 May 23North Vancouver06 May6 May 23North VancouverEvents on Sun, May 7, 202307 May7 May 23Port MoodyEvents on Wed, May 10, 202310 May10 May 23Vancouver10 May10 May 23North Vancouver10 May10 May 23North VancouverEvents on Fri, May 12, 202312 May12 May12 May 23Events on Sat, May 13, 202313 May13 May 23MissionEvents on Sun, May 14, 202314 May14 May 23Port MoodyEvents on Thu, May 18, 202318 May18 May 23North VancouverEvents on Sat, May 20, 202320 May 23White Rock20 May20 May 23West VancouverEvents on Wed, May 24, 202324 May24 May 23VancouverEvents on Fri, May 26, 202326 May26 May 23NanaimoEvents on Sat, May 27, 202327 May27 May 23NanaimoEvents on Fri, Jun 2, 202302 Jun2 Jun 23Events on Sat, Jun 3, 202303 Jun3 Jun 23Port Moody
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could you put me on the waiting list too? thank you
Sorry Lihua, Had to draw the line somewhere, so no more spaces will open unless there are cancellations. /n
Can I also be included on your waitlist?
Hi Nick, I’d like to be added to the waitlist also. Thank you!
Hi Nick, can I be added to waiting list?
A second leader has now stepped forward, thankfully so I will open more spaces soon. Cheers /nick
Ron and Helmi McHenry:
The two of us have a fair amount of kayak experience on South Okanagan lakes even in rougher water. We have sea streamlined kayaks with rutter. We would love to do some kayaking on west coast waters. Can we take this course to skip basic ?Thanks, ROn and Helmi
Hi Nick…I am withdrawing my request for a place on the Southern Gulf Islands trip.
I’m not in 3C shape, and had not realized it had put me on while I was looking at it.
So sorry as It is a trip we had talked about 3 years ago before COVID started.
Thank you for organizing it and hope to get in better shape this summer after ski season.
Ciao Nancy Flexman
It means there is a current flowing (caused by tidal action) in the same direction that we are going. That’s better than the contrary! They’ll be quite weak – around 1 kt mostly.
Thanks, Nick. Wasn’t aware of the lingo.
What does “current assist” mean? Something to do with water currents? or what?
Because of a clash with BCMT’s Board meeting I’ll be unable to join this meeting. However, I’d like to offer some trips.
My dates are flexible. All are tentative. I have found that overnight trips in Spring are not popular and some have been cancelled in past years due to low participation/competition with our training courses.
SKABC have not announced dates for various other events such as building tent platforms, so these could also clash and one or other event re-scheduled.
1) Thormanby I 2B camping 3 nights 7 – 10 Apr
2) S Gulf Is Tour car free 3C camping 6 nights 25 Apr – 1 May
3) Pitt Lk 2C weekend camping 1 night 18 – 19 June
4) Gambier SW Private Cabin 3B camping 2 nights 15 – 17 July
5) Galiano circumnav 3C camping 4 nights 12 – 17 Sept
6) Harrison R 1B day Oct
Cancelling this trip due to poor weather conditions on Saturday.
I would like to participate in the Trip Leader meeting on Zoom, February 24 at 7 PM
It says 6 spaces are available but bookings are closed??
Registration open March 1st for this event.
So glad to see you all. Happy holidays and see you in the New Year!
Thank-you to all the people who put their time and talents into the club. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts because of you.
Follow-up to earlier question. The last image looks like Lund to me. Correct? Captions would be nice but maybe are hard to add.
Nice! Are these images all of Middle Copeland rather than of the site to the N??
Sorry about cancelling, but other similar paddles leaving from Cates Pk have still spaces./Nick
As long as the conditions are relatively calm, I should be able to launch and land as usual but I am trying to recuperate from a broken wrist, so may need assistance at landing. Looking forward to this, I’ve missed almost the whole summer.
Nicely written Nick. You covered all the bases for anyone wanting to do this trip.
I just heard from Allen Edwin that a second group is being added, so please add me to the group!
Thanks so much,
Please add me to the wait list, thank you!
A 2nd group has been posted in the Trips List. You can register there.
If someone has an extra pair of binoculars that they are willing to share, I would like to borrow them. I do not have binoculars.
Hi, Gunilla and I would like to be on the wait list
Sara and I would love to be added to the waitlist. Thanks!
Donna and Doug Williams are so happy that they joined SKABC. Looking forward to the paddle and pizza with other club members.
Have double kayak. Hoping to practice rescues with myself and partner. Please advise if space.
Hello Nick and club members
When is this trip planed for? Dates?
Or is it already done.
Hi SKABC. I was on the Gambier trip with Nick Heath 4to 6th Aug . The participants of that trip were saying that facilitators of the rescues practice would like some help to assist folk through rescues . I am proficient with rescues and practiced many this year. . I would be happy to participate in a rescue practice session and to assist with coaching . Unfortunately I am already busy for the 21 Aug . Please give me heads up if any more rescue sessions are on the horizon and I would be happy attend. Thanks. Sarah Cummins 604 786 7191
Thanks, Sarah… will definitely reach out to you re. future rescue sessions.
Great session hosted by Susan, ably supported by Richard and Scott.
Really learned a lot.
Thanks very much for holding this session guys and thank you for your support.
Waitlist please, for me and Sandra Waddle, also a SKABC member. Thank you!!
Please add my name to your waiting list. Thanks, Sue
Thanks for all of your help Susan
I would like to join this course, if possible. I bought myself a kayak a month ago – and have been going on day-trips two to three times a week since I bought it. I have been paddling now and then in borrowed or rented kayaks since I was a child but I have never taken any lessons. I would love to join this course. I am particularly interested in route planning and navigation techniques. I know how to read a map (orienteering) but have only looked over the shoulder on sea charts… I would also like to know more about equipment care. I feel rather fumbly and not sure what’s important and not.
My phone number is 604 306 9900.
Hi, my name is Stuart, Stu, McIntyre. I arrived in Vancouver about four weeks ago and would love to join you guys in any training and any paddles you think suitable. I havent kayaked for a year more, really due to Covid..
I haven’t had any formal training, but I did enter the Devizes to Westminster canoe race and completed 76 miles.
However, since then I’ve done very little fitness etc.
I think it would make sense for me to join the beginners session and learn to roll as I’ve done this formally.
If you get any cancellations I can join you at short notice, but I don’t have a kayak yet, so would need to rent / borrow one for the session. My cell number is 6043765303.
Thanks very much. Stu
Hello…nothing happens when i click on the instructors…I am interested in participating in this course…ty…Susan
I signed up my wife Donna a few days ago so she should be on the list . At the time I asked to be put on the wait list and I’d still like to do the course if a space comes up. thanks.
I am interested if another space becomes available. Thanks for adding me to the waitlist. Stephanie Ratzlaff
Hello, where is the location of this meeting?
Please put me on the wait list, I would like to join!
Hi, I would like to sign up for this course. Could I be put on the wait list?
I will sign up for the May 30 course date, but if May 15 opens up, then I’d prefer to switch. Thank you!
Nick, please let me know if you would like to switch by the end of the day tomorrow (Wednesday May 12th). Looks like we have a cancellation. I sent you an email as well.
Please add me to waitlist
Please add me to the waitlist: George Prevost
Would like to join zoom meeting
Hi Sarah, an email link will be sent to all members — use that to join 🙂
I would like to join the ZOOM meeting on January 11
Hi Sanja, watch your email for a link to attend the meeting — thanks!
Wonderful…a great way to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Thank you all for a hopeful 2021!
Cheers Nancy Flexman
It was a fantastic weekend all around. It gave me a real lift to see everyone who came out to share the experience — members old and new. We had just about the full menu of paddling conditions, to everyone’s delight. Thank-you all for the amazing pictures and company. I look forward to seeing you all again on the next trip!
I would like to go on this trip but I do not plan on participating in any potluck meals. I will prepare my own.
I second that sentiment and plan to bring and make all meals for myself.
Interested to join for this event.
Thanks to Mike Gilbert for a clear explanation of proper use of modern VHF radios.
I learned a lot. As someone who is new to the Kayaking community as well as VHF radios, I appreciate the opportunity to participate.
I would love to add myself and my family to the wait list for this one. Thank you!
Hello…I know everything was put on hold right about the time we were applying for this trip but I have never heard back and do not see my name on the list. As this trip is still pending I am just wondering if I am potentially going….fingers crossed…Susan
I’d like to be added to the wait list, please.
Please put me on your wait list. Thanks, LorraineSharpsteen
Following the COVID-19 Announcement sent yesterday, we have received very positive and encouraging messages from our members expressing their appreciation for the decisions made by the Exec and expressing their support and caring for families, friends, club members and our communities. Honestly, we have the best club members bar none! Thank you all for your support and please continue to look after yourselves and those around you and stay in touch through one of the many channels available to us. Chantal
Hi, I’d like to be on the wait list please.
Hi Jayne, Can you please put me on the wait list. Thanks, Sarka
I’d like to be on the wait list, please.
Wow – this filled up fast!
I recently read Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence recently. It’s a fun read and talks about the history of the area. Highly recommended and is available if anyone wants to borrow it.
Pls put me on the wait list.
Vincent is #2 on the Wait List.
I am available and would like to be on a waiting list.
Noted. You are #1 on the Wait List.
Susan you can click on the instructors link in the registration section to get all 3 email addresses.
Hello…I am interested in this trip leader course…could someone post one of the instructors email addresses pls
If anyone wants to carpool I’ll b driving from Kitsilano and can pick you up if you’re on the way. I can take 3 paddlers.
I enjoyed the campsite we had last year (#4?) because it was a bit separated from the other sites.
The forecast for Sunday is sunshine, so I am planning to bring my boat out to go paddling after the meeting. I welcome any club members who want to come along 🙂
Cynthia Kennedy here
I’d like to join you
Heather mentioned the paddle
See you at ambleside
My cell phone is
See you soon
I would like to put my name on the wait list please. Susan Huumo. Thank you
We’ll book the group camping area this winter. If you have input as to which site we should book, please post it in the comments.
You all look wonderful. I’m sorry I missed it again, but I am glad to be working with all of you.
Can you come if you don’t have your own kayak?
I love how easily the website works and how informative it is. Also, the registration now. Thanks very much to everyone responsible for this and to all of you who work so hard to make the club such a success.
Way to go you guys! Need help in future? Just post it!
I will be there. Sue Johnson
Coming to BBQ,
Karin I’ll bring your 2 books as well 🙂
Actually spelled “Caulfeild”
I posted a weekend Oct 14/15 for inspecting the Howe Sd sites. This could be considered, in part, a conservation activity. However, I agree that a separate activity is better.
I guess this will not be part of the Gt Canadian Shoreline Cleanup? There is merit in being included in that nation -wide effort.
The challenge is to find a kayak-accessible site that is not being cleaned by anyone else (parks multiplicities)and is not too remote. Then the next challenge is getting out the material if there is too much for a kayak, which there usually is. I’m willing to help with my skiff.
I suggest the S end of Pitt Lk.
We enjoyed Tantulus so much last week, the bear box was a much needed addition that is critical for groups.
Now I am considering next time visiting a campsite to bring a 5 gallon pail, wood toilet seat, toilet arrow sign and some tools to make a movable loo. Maybe we could discuss sometime at a upcoming meeting. Due to the gov’t hands being tied by cost/enviro regulations perhaps there are some simple ways we could keep people away from going immediately upstream of the water sources.
thank you Nick! you are most dedicated member i know to maintaining these sites!
What is the difference between cocoa mix and cocoa powder? Both are in the recipe?