When: May 27, 2023 until May 28, 2023

Location: Saysutshun (Newcastle Island Marine) Provincial Park

The 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. It will also allow you to plan and modify your course based on local and incoming weather and wave conditions.

Ferry reservations will be required and should be made in advance as outlined below.  Note: you can walk your kayak onto the ferry.  It is only a 15 minute walk to the launch site at the market.  Alternatively, you can drive.

Saturday May 27: Depart Horseshoe Bay for Nanaimo

Sunday May 28: Return Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay

Prerequisites: Participants must be able to perform a wet exit, self-rescue, assisted rescue, and paddling in windy conditions.  Kayaks must have bulkheads or flotation, deck lines and watertight hatches.

Course Format: Overnight weekend course to Saysutshun (Newcastle Island Marine) Provincial Park. Course material will be provided onsite and instruction will take place outdoors.

Items Required:  Overnight kayak camping equipment, food for yourself and contribution to a potluck.

Visit the Trip Checklist to help you determine what you need to bring for the trip.

Registration:  Registration is open. Once your registration is confirmed by the instructor, you will receive a password to complete your registration from the course coordinator along with further information about the course.

Transportation:  It is each participant’s responsibility to get themselves to the course location.  The course coordinator will email the group so that all participants have the email addresses of the others attending the course.  This will enable each of you to reach out to the group or an individual to organize carpooling.  Carpooling is a great way to be kind to the environment and to minimize the cost of gas and ferry where applicable.

Instructor:  Rick Davies  604.519.0477;  Kapila Jayaweera
Course Coordinator:   Kallie Cunningham

Registration Fee:  $85 includes camping                      Limit:  8 participants

Refund policy:
> Cancellation within 30 calendar days or more = half the course fee refund,
> Cancellation within 29 calendar days or less = no refund.

If you experience difficulties with the registration process, contact Kallie Cunningham    for assistance.

  Newcastle Island
  Nanaimo, BC
Signed up:
  • Courtney Kohnen
  • Olga Rivkin
  • Debra Merchant
  • Kelly Robertson
  • Lorraine Sharpsteen
  • Christine Stewart
  • Sarka Lhotak

Spaces Available: 1

Sign up:

By signing up I understand that per club policy I am responsible for having the skills, health, ability and equipment to participate safely in the activity. I also understand that I am responsible for notifying the organizer about any physical or mental impairment or medical condition that could interfere with my ability to participate fully in the activity and/or create a safety concern for the group.

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