Virtual Club Meeting with JF Marleu

When: February 8, 2021 from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

For our February club meeting we welcome JF Marleu who will be presenting on exploring Antarctica by kayak. The meeting link will be open at 7:20 with chat available. The meeting starts at 7:30. Public welcome!

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More about the presentation:
Antarctica is the world’s last pristine wilderness. Antarctica is wild, moving, and breathtaking. There are no words strong enough to describe the powerful beauty of this continent. All your senses are aroused by the scale and beauty that you will experience in Antarctica. The popping sound of the ice, the blow of the numerous whales and squawking of the penguins combine with icebergs rolling and glaciers avalanching. During this presentation, we will focus on exploring Antarctica by kayak. We will also cover South Georgia which boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in the world.

Born and raised in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Jean-François (JF) moved to Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in 2001 to work as a kayak and learn English. The beauty of the surrounding area and the west coast lifestyle captivated him,and he chose this place as his new home. JF has taught kayaking and guiding expeditions full time around the world since 1998.

He is a certified Level 4 Guide, Guide Trainer and Examiner with the SKGABC. He also served as vice-president of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) for 14 years. He is a certified Level 4 instructor and Level 3 Instructor Trainer, and has a Level 4 Skills certificate with Paddle Canada. JF is one of only three people to ever achieve the highest level of certifications with Paddle Canada and the SKGABC. He owns SKILS, Canada’s leading paddle sports training and consulting business.

JF is a pioneer of kayak fishing in Canada. He holds many diplomas, including a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science from Laval University. JF is the author of books and training manuals and wrote the kayak fishing chapter in John’s Dowd classic book Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring. In December 2020, JF will release 2 revised and expanded books. Kayaking the Broken Group Islands. The Essential Guidebook Third Edition (2020) and Navigation, Sea State and Weather. Freedom of the Seas Volume 1. Second Edition (2020)

He loves to communicate his passion of sea kayaking and use humour as a teaching tool. JF also enjoys teaching kayak fishing and guiding kayak fishing expeditions. If you have never met JF before, it is easy to pick him out of the crowd, as his strong French-Canadian accent cannot hide him for long.

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