Past Courses

Curious about what courses were offered by SKABC in the past? Peruse them here. Must be logged in to click on trip details.

The courses are ordered by date, most recent first.

July 2024

Date Event Type
Sun, Jul 14, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue & Rolling Practice Session – Sunday July 14 2024 – Cancelled
Rescue and Rolling practice session. Please indicate what you want to focus on in the comment field. This will help the Facilitators plan the session.
Training Course

June 2024

Date Event Type
Sat, Jun 15, 2024 - Sun, Jun 16, 2024
(All Day)
Safe Surf Launching and Landing Course | Course Registration – June 15-16 2024
This 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.
Training Course
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue & Rolling Practice Session – Sunday June 9 2024 – Registration
Rescue and Rolling practice session. Please indicate what you want to focus on in the comment field. This will help the Facilitators plan the session.
Training Course
Wed, Jun 5, 2024
(5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Introduction to Greenland Paddling Clinic (2024) – Cancelled
Are you looking for guidance on how best to use your Greenland paddle? This clinic will review types of Greenland paddles, paddle grip, forward stroke,...
Training Course
Tue, Jun 4, 2024 - Wed, Jun 5, 2024
(All Day)
Safe Surf Launching and Landing Course | Course Registration – June 4-5 2024
This 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.
Training Course
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Strokes Tune-up & Practice session – CANCELLED
Stroke tune-up session. Registrants will be vetted for prior stroke courses.
Training Course

May 2024

Date Event Type
Fri, May 31, 2024 - Sun, Jun 2, 2024
(12:00 AM)
Remote First Aid (20 hr course) – May 31 (evening) + June 1 & 2
Remote 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...
Training Course
Sat, May 25, 2024 - Sun, May 26, 2024
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Rescues & Boat Handling (previously Strokes & Rescues) – Registration page
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques, as well as towing and rescues.
Training Course
Sat, May 18, 2024 - Mon, May 20, 2024
(All Day)
Beginners Course – Cancelled
The 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.
Training Course
Thu, May 16, 2024
(5:45 PM - 8:45 PM)
VHF Radio Review Workshop
Participants will review using VHF radio for both regular communication and for safety and emergency purposes. Use of styles of speech, abbreviations, code words, number...
Training Course
Sat, May 11, 2024 - Sun, May 12, 2024
(All Day)
Weather Course – Registration page
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.
Training Course

April 2024

Date Event Type
Wed, Apr 24, 2024
(6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Trip Planning and Decision-making Workshop (2 evenings) 2024
In this 2 evening workshop you will learn skills to help you successfully plan a kayaking trip and skills for managing decision-making
Training Course
Sat, Apr 20, 2024 - Sun, Apr 21, 2024
(All Day)
Navigation Course – Registration page
This course will teach participants the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and find your way home again with confidence. Log into the website for more information.
Training Course
Sat, Apr 6, 2024
(10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Rescue Practice for Trip Leaders
If you plan to lead or co-lead a SKABC trip this year you're invited to join us at Sasamat Lake to practice assisted rescues.
Training Course

March 2024

Date Event Type
Sat, Mar 30, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Knots and Tarps – Cancelled
Learn to tie a variety of knots you'll use when kayaking, camping, securing your kayak to your car and your food out of reach of bears.
Training Course

September 2023

Date Event Type
Sun, Sep 17, 2023
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue and Rolling Practice Session Sept 17 (rescheduled from Aug 27)
This practice session offers members the opportunity to practice their skills.  It will be facilitated by 2 SKABC members. Date: Sunday Sept 17, 2023 from 9...
Training Course
Sat, Sep 9, 2023 - Sun, Sep 10, 2023
(All Day)
Safe Surf Launching and Landing Course | Course Registration – Sept 9 & 10 2023
This 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.
Training Course

August 2023

Date Event Type
Sun, Aug 27, 2023
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue and Rolling Practice Session August 27 2023
This practice session offers members the opportunity to practice their skills for the summer 2023 paddling season.  It will be facilitated by 2 SKABC members....
Training Course

July 2023

Date Event Type
Sun, Jul 23, 2023
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue and Rolling Practice Session July 23 2023
This practice session offers members the opportunity to practice their skills for the summer 2023 paddling season.  It will be facilitated by 2 SKABC members....
Training Course
Fri, Jul 14, 2023 - Sun, Jul 16, 2023
(All Day)
Currents course
To paddle safely in currents one requires basic knowledge of currents such as when and where they form as well as developing skills such as ferrying across currents and crossing eddy lines to manoeuvre in and around them.
Training Course

June 2023

Date Event Type
Sun, Jun 25, 2023
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue and Rolling Practice Session
This practice session offers members the opportunity to practice their skills for the summer 2023 paddling season.  It will be facilitated by 3 SKABC members....
Training Course
Sat, Jun 10, 2023
(1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Introduction to Greenland Paddling Clinic
Are you looking for guidance on how best to use your Greenland paddle? This clinic will review types of Greenland paddles, paddle grip, forward stroke,...
Training Course
Sat, Jun 10, 2023 - Sun, Jun 11, 2023
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Rescues and Boat Handling Course (previously Strokes & Rescues)
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques, as well as towing and rescues.
Training Course
Sun, Jun 4, 2023
(1:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Rolling Clinic
Date: Sunday June 4, 2023. Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Location: Sasamat Lake This kayak rolling clinic is aimed at those who have some...
Training Course
Fri, Jun 2, 2023 - Sun, Jun 4, 2023
(5:30 PM - 5:00 PM)
Remote First Aid (20 hr course)
Remote 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...
Training Course

May 2023

Date Event Type
Sat, May 27, 2023 - Sun, May 28, 2023
(All Day)
Weather
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.
Training Course
Thu, May 18, 2023
(6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Trip Leader Workshop (2 evenings)
In this 2 evening workshop you will learn skills to help you successfully lead a kayaking trip.
Training Course
Fri, May 12, 2023 - Sun, May 14, 2023
(All Day)
Safe Surf Launching and Landing Course | Course Registration
This 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.
Training Course
Fri, May 12, 2023 - Sun, May 14, 2023
(All Day)
Beginners Course – May 12-14 2023
The 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.
Training Course
Wed, May 10, 2023
(8:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Coast Outdoors – Social and Shopping – Wed May 10 – sign up
On Wed May 10th, Coast Outdoors staff will be sharing information and product knowledge on "dressing for the weather" and provide tips on what to...
Training Course
Wed, May 10, 2023
(7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
“Know before you buy” – Presentation + Social & Shopping
Coast Outdoors staff will share information and product knowledge on "dressing for the weather" and provide tips on what to consider before purchasing clothing, including...
Training Course

April 2023

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 29, 2023
(1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Introduction to Rolling (afternoon session) – Registration Request
This kayak rolling clinic is aimed at those who have little or no rolling training or experience or those with some experience who wish to...
Training Course
Sat, Apr 29, 2023
(10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
VHF Radio Review Workshop
Participants will review using VHF radio for both regular communication and for safety and emergency purposes. Use of styles of speech, abbreviations, code words, number...
Training Course
Sat, Apr 29, 2023
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Introduction to Rolling – Registration Request
This kayak rolling clinic is aimed at those who have little or no rolling training or experience or those with some experience who wish to...
Training Course
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - Sun, Apr 23, 2023
(All Day)
Navigation Course
This course will teach participants the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and find your way home again with confidence. Log into the website for more information.
Training Course

March 2023

Date Event Type
Sat, Mar 25, 2023
(9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Knots and Tarps – Course Registration
Learn to tie a variety of knots you'll use when kayaking, camping, securing your kayak to your car and your food out of reach of bears.
Training Course

January 2023

Date Event Type
Sun, Jan 22, 2023
(2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Kayak Deck Line Workshop
Repair or replace your deck lines at this workshop.
Training Course

October 2022

Date Event Type
Sat, Oct 15, 2022
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Greenland Paddle Carving Course – FULL
Let's make our own Greenland paddles! In the morning it's a hunk of cedar - in the afternoon you have a paddle. Instructor: Richard Jensen...
Training Course

September 2022

Date Event Type
Sat, Sep 17, 2022
(1:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Rolling Clinic
The rolling clinic will give you the basic skills and knowledge to develop the process to roll a kayak in calm waters.
Training Course
Sat, Sep 17, 2022
(8:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rolling Clinic
The rolling clinic will give you the basic skills and knowledge to develop the process to roll a kayak in calm waters.
Training Course
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
(1:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Rolling Clinic
The rolling clinic will give you the basic skills and knowledge to develop the process to roll a kayak in calm waters.
Training Course
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
(8:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rolling Clinic
The rolling clinic will give you the basic skills and knowledge to develop the process to roll a kayak in calm waters.
Training Course

May 2022

Date Event Type
Sat, May 28, 2022 - Sun, May 29, 2022
(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills Course (with certification)
The Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course will give you the skills and knowledge to move you beyond flat water to slightly rougher water. There is a strong focus on re-entry techniques and the skills required to safely plan and execute a day trip.
Training Course
Tue, May 3, 2022
(6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Trip Leader Workshop
In this workshop you will learn skills to help you successfully lead a kayaking trip.
Training Course

April 2022

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 - Sun, Apr 24, 2022
(All Day)
Navigation Course
This course will teach participants the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and find your way home again with confidence.
Training Course

September 2021

Date Event Type
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 - Sun, Sep 19, 2021
(All Day)
Currents course – This course is fully booked!
To paddle safely in currents one requires basic knowledge of currents such as when and where they form as well as developing skills such as ferrying across currents and crossing eddy lines to manoeuvre in and around them.
Training Course

August 2021

Date Event Type
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 - Sun, Aug 22, 2021
(All Day)
Trip Leader Course
Spend three days in the Howe Sound area developing the skills required to lead a SKABC trip for a day, a weekend or an extended period.
Training Course

July 2021

Date Event Type
Sat, Jul 17, 2021 - Sun, Jul 18, 2021
(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Beginner’s Course
The 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.
Training Course

May 2021

Date Event Type
Sun, May 30, 2021
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Boat Handling and Stroke Improvement Course
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques.
Training Course
Sat, May 15, 2021
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Boat Handling and Stroke Improvement Course
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques.
Training Course

April 2021

Date Event Type
Wed, Apr 21, 2021
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Basic trip planning and kayak packing clinic with a half day paddle – Offered by BC KAYAK CENTRE (for SKABC members only)
Full day clinic to practice planning and packing for a four day trip. First half on land and second half is on water.
Training Course

November 2020

Date Event Type
Sat, Nov 14, 2020
(9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Turning Strokes Techniques & Practice
This is a 2-hour session focusing on turning strokes techniques & practice.
Training Course
Fri, Nov 6, 2020
(1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Strokes Clinic
This is a 2-hour session focusing on strokes.
Training Course

June 2020

Date Event Type
Fri, Jun 12, 2020 - Sun, Jun 14, 2020
(All Day)
Trip Leader Course – Pending
Spend three days in the Gulf Islands developing the skills required to lead a SKABC trip for a day, a weekend or an extended period.
Training Course
Sat, Jun 6, 2020
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
VHF – DSC (M) Course | with certification – Postponed, new date to be confirmed.
Location:  Cates Park  Shelter in North Vancouver, across the Cates Park Kayak rental. Join us for a VHF-DSC (M) Radio Certification course aimed at kayakers on...
Training Course

May 2020

Date Event Type
Sat, May 23, 2020 - Sun, May 24, 2020
(7:30 AM - 7:30 PM)
Weather – Course – CANCELLED
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.
Training Course
Sat, May 2, 2020 - Sun, May 3, 2020
(All Day)
Navigation – Course – CANCELLED
This course will teach participants the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and find your way home again with confidence.
Training Course

April 2020

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Knots and Tarps – Course Registration – CANCELLED
Learn to tie a variety of knots you'll use when kayaking, camping, securing your kayak to your car and your food out of reach of bears.
Training Course
Sat, Apr 18, 2020 - Sun, Apr 19, 2020
(8:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
First Aid Workshop (no Certification) – CANCELLED
This two-day First Aid workshop is designed to help you deal with an injured person for up to 24 hours in the marine environment.
Training Course
Sat, Apr 18, 2020 - Sun, Apr 19, 2020
(8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)
Beginners Course – CANCELLED
The 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.
Training Course
Fri, Apr 17, 2020 - Sun, Apr 19, 2020
(7:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills Course (with certification) – CANCELLED
The Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course will give you the skills and knowledge to move you beyond flat water to slightly rougher water. There is a strong focus on re-entry techniques and the skills required to safely plan and execute a day trip.
Training Course

November 2019

Date Event Type
Sat, Nov 16, 2019
(10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Trip Leader Wrap-Up Meeting
SKABC Trip Leaders are invited to meet and have lunch at the Hollyburn Sailing Club on Saturday November 16th. Our SKABC Trip Leaders are invited...
Training Course, Trip

August 2019

Date Event Type
Sat, Aug 31, 2019 - Sun, Sep 1, 2019
(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Beginners Course (Last one for 2019)
The 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.
Training Course

July 2019

Date Event Type
Sat, Jul 13, 2019 - Sun, Jul 14, 2019
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Rescues and Boat Handling Course (previously Strokes & Rescues)
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques, as well as towing and rescues.
Training Course

June 2019

Date Event Type
Fri, Jun 14, 2019 - Sun, Jun 16, 2019
(All Day)
Currents course
To paddle safely in currents one requires basic knowledge of currents such as when and where they form as well as developing skills such as ferrying across currents and crossing eddy lines to manoeuvre in and around them.
Training Course
Sat, Jun 8, 2019 - Sun, Jun 9, 2019
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Rescues and Boat Handling Course (previously Strokes & Rescues)
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques, as well as towing and rescues.
Training Course
Sat, Jun 8, 2019 - Sun, Jun 9, 2019
(8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)
Beginners Course
The 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.
Training Course
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 - Sun, Jun 2, 2019
(8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)
Beginners Course
The 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.
Training Course

May 2019

Date Event Type
Sat, May 25, 2019 - Sun, May 26, 2019
(7:30 AM - 7:30 PM)
Weather – Course
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.
Training Course
Fri, May 24, 2019
(7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Pool Rescue Practice
Pool rescue practice for members who already possess rescue skills.
Training Course
Sat, May 11, 2019 - Sun, May 12, 2019
(8:35 AM - 9:00 PM)
Navigation – Course (This course is FULL! Contact the coordinator to be wait listed)
This course will teach participants the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and find your way home again with confidence.
Training Course
Fri, May 10, 2019
(7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Pool Rescue Practice
Pool rescue practice for members who already possess rescue skills.
Training Course

April 2019

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 6, 2019
(9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
Knots and Tarps – Course Registration
Learn to tie a variety of knots you'll use when kayaking, camping, securing your kayak to your car and your food out of reach of bears.
Training Course

March 2019

Date Event Type
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Mar 3, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course

February 2019

Date Event Type
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Feb 3, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sat, Feb 2, 2019
(10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Planning Trips – Workshop
Come to this workshop with an idea for a trip, bring the required chart (or borrow one of Rick's). You should have your trip mostly planned by the time you leave the workshop.
Training Course

January 2019

Date Event Type
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course

December 2018

Date Event Type
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course
Sun, Dec 9, 2018
(8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Rescues and Re-entries and/or Rolling Practices
This is NOT a course, it is a practice session, you must already be able to perform rescues and re-entries or rolls, depending on which skill you wish to practice. You must ensure your boat is cleaned properly prior to taking it into the pool.
Training Course

September 2018

Date Event Type
Fri, Sep 28, 2018 - Sun, Sep 30, 2018
(12:00 AM)
Safe Surf Launching and Landing Course
This 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.
Training Course

July 2018

Date Event Type
Fri, Jul 13, 2018 - Sun, Jul 15, 2018
(All Day)
Currents course
To paddle safely in currents one requires basic knowledge of currents such as when and where they form as well as developing skills such as ferrying across currents and crossing eddy lines to manoeuvre in and around them.
Training Course
Sat, Jul 7, 2018 - Sun, Jul 8, 2018
(All Day)
Beginners Course
The 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.
Training Course

June 2018

Date Event Type
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue Practice Session – June 2018
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members. This is an informal practice session, open to any SKABC member. You must be...
Training Course
Sat, Jun 16, 2018 - Sun, Jun 17, 2018
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Strokes and Rescues Course
This course is an excellent follow-up to the Beginners' course and for every paddler wishing to improve their forward and reverse strokes, work on bracing, steering and boat handling techniques, as well as towing and rescues.
Training Course
Fri, Jun 15, 2018 - Sun, Jun 17, 2018
(All Day)
Trip Leader Course
Spend three days in the Gulf Islands developing the skills required to lead a SKABC trip for a day, a weekend or an extended period.
Training Course
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Forward Stroke Improvement Clinic
This course has been cancelled due to low registration.   Location:  Ambleside Beach East of the Hollyburn Sailing Club ready to launch at 9:00AM. Spend three...
Training Course
Fri, Jun 1, 2018 - Sun, Jun 3, 2018
(All Day)
Beginners Course
The 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.
Training Course

May 2018

Date Event Type
Sat, May 12, 2018 - Sun, May 13, 2018
(7:30 AM - 7:30 PM)
Weather – Course
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.
Training Course

April 2018

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 21, 2018 - Sun, Apr 22, 2018
(8:35 AM - 6:00 PM)
Navigation – Course
This course will teach participants the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and find your way home again with confidence.
Training Course
Sat, Apr 21, 2018 - Sun, Apr 22, 2018
(All Day)
Overnight Camping for Beginners Workshop
This workshop is ideal for participants new to kayak-camping or without much experience.
Training Course
Sat, Apr 14, 2018
(10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Turning a dream trip into reality (workshop)
"Making the most of those endless golden beaches" Rick Davies Bring along your ideas for your dream journeys and we'll make them into reality. Rick...
Training Course

March 2018

Date Event Type
Sat, Mar 31, 2018
(1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
Kayak Stands Workshop
We're fully booked for this event! Do you have a work space and/or kayak stands to work on your kayak or clean it?  And do you...
Training Course
Sat, Mar 24, 2018
(9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
Knots and Tarps – Course Registration
Learn to tie a variety of knots you'll use when kayaking, camping, securing your kayak to your car and your food out of reach of bears.
Training Course
Sat, Mar 17, 2018 - Sun, Mar 18, 2018
(8:30 AM - 6:00 PM)
Wilderness First Aid
This two-day (20 hours) Wilderness First Aid Course is designed to help you deal with an injured person for up to 24 hours.  Due to the nature...
Training Course
Sat, Mar 3, 2018
(11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Boat Maintenance Workshop
The format for this workshop will be similar to a maker space where we pay the initial fee ($15 course registration) and have a space to...
Training Course
Sat, Mar 3, 2018
(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Kayak Stands Workshop
Do you have a work space and/or kayak stands to work on your kayak or clean it?  And do you have space to store kayak stands?...
Training Course

September 2017

Date Event Type
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 - Sun, Oct 1, 2017
(12:00 AM)
Safe Surf Launching and Landing Course
This 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.
Training Course
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
(8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue Practice Session – 2017/06
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members. This is an informal practice session, open to any SKABC member. You must be...
Training Course
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 - Sun, Sep 10, 2017
(9:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Greenland Paddle Carving Course
Discover the joy of paddling with a Greenland paddle that you have carved with your own hands... Join us, carve your own paddle under the guidance of our Instructor, Richard Jensen, then try it out on the water.
Training Course

August 2017

Date Event Type
Sun, Aug 6, 2017
(7:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Rescue Practice Session – 2017/05
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members. This is an informal practice session. This practice session is open to any SKABC member. We will be practicing rescues and helping each other out on this day. You must be familiar with a wet exit and re-entry. A Beginners Course or equivalent is highly recommended. If your Sea Kayak does not have sealed hatches (front and back) please advise the coordinator Your boat should be equipped with all Coast Guard safety equipment. You must come to the practice with the following required safety equipment: Paddle Float, Pump and Spray Skirt. Come prepared for immersion with the appropriate clothing (wet suit or dry suit)
Training Course

July 2017

Date Event Type
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
(12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Rescue Practice Session – 2017/04
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members.  This is an informal practice session.  This practice session is open to any SKABC...
Training Course
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 - Sun, Jul 23, 2017
(All Day)
Currents course
To paddle safely in currents one requires basic knowledge of currents such as when and where they form as well as developing skills such as ferrying across currents and crossing eddy lines to manoeuvre in and around them.
Training Course
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 - Sun, Jul 16, 2017
(All Day)
Beginners Ocean Course
This course is designed to offer participants the basic skills and knowledge to make kayaking a safe and enjoyable sport. We cover basic paddle skills as well as wet exits and how to re-enter your boat in the event of a capsize. This course is broken into two parts - in class and on water. The in class portion is on the evening of the first day (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm) and the on water portion takes place at a local beach access area. Check the event details for location and other notes.
Training Course
Sun, Jul 9, 2017
(9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Rescue Practice Session – 2017/03
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members.  This is an informal practice session.  This practice session is open to any SKABC...
Training Course

June 2017

Date Event Type
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue Practice Session – 2017/02
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members. This is an informal practice session. This practice session is open to any SKABC member. We will be practicing rescues and helping each other out but there will be no formal instruction on this day. This is a great opportunity to practice with fellow kayakers and meet other paddlers. There is no charge for this practice session.
Training Course
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 - Sun, Jun 4, 2017
(All Day)
Trip Leader Course
Spend three days in the Gulf Islands developing the skills required to lead a SKABC trip for a day, a weekend or an extended period....
Training Course

May 2017

Date Event Type
Sat, May 27, 2017 - Sun, May 28, 2017
(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Strokes and Rescues Course
In this course you will learn and practice: Techniques for efficient forward paddling Reverse paddling A variety of bracing techniques A variety of steering and...
Training Course
Sat, May 13, 2017 - Sun, May 14, 2017
(All Day)
Weather Course
This course will teach you the basic skills and knowledge to make a 'go/no-go' decision for a kayak launch based on the weather. It will...
Training Course
Fri, May 12, 2017 - Sun, May 14, 2017
(All Day)
Beginners Ocean Course
This course is designed to offer participants the basic skills and knowledge to make kayaking a safe and enjoyable sport. We cover basic paddle skills...
Training Course
Sun, May 7, 2017
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue Practice Session – 2017/01
Come on out and practice your rescues with other club members.  This is an informal practice session.  This practice session is open to any SKABC...
Training Course

April 2017

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 - Sun, Apr 23, 2017
(8:35 AM - 6:00 PM)
Navigation – Course
This course is FULL, please contact Chantal, the Course Coordinator if you would like to place your name on the wait list. This course will...
Training Course

March 2017

Date Event Type
Sat, Mar 18, 2017
(9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
Knots and Tarps – Course Registration
You will learn about different types of ropes and how to tie useful knots used while kayaking and kayak camping. You will learn to use...
Training Course

February 2017

Date Event Type
Sat, Feb 4, 2017
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
First Aid for Kayakers
This one day Emergency First Aid Course has been developed to give kayakers the knowledge and skills required to perform first aid and treat emergency situations encountered while enjoying kayaking....
Training Course

September 2016

Date Event Type
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 - Sun, Oct 2, 2016
(All Day)
Safe Surf Landing and Launching (Course Full)
This course will give you the basic skills and knowledge to land and launch safely on surf beaches and increase your confidence in rough water....
Training Course
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
September Monthly Rescue Practice Session
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your rescue skills. This is the best way to maintain your proficiency and learn new solo and...
Training Course

August 2016

Date Event Type
Sun, Aug 7, 2016
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
August Monthly Rescue Practice Session
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your rescue skills. This is the best way to maintain your proficiency and learn new solo and...
Training Course

July 2016

Date Event Type
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forward Stroke Improvement Clinic
  Spend three hours on the water improving your forward stroke technique. Meet on Ambleside Beach East of the Hollyburn Sailing Club ready to launch at...
Training Course
Sat, Jul 9, 2016
(9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
July Monthly Rescue Practice Session
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your rescue skills. This is the best way to maintain your proficiency and learn new solo and...
Training Course

June 2016

Date Event Type
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 - Sun, Jun 12, 2016
(5:30 PM)
Paddle Canada I Course (CANCELLED)
Paddle Canada 1 provides the kayaking skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level 1 indicates...
Training Course
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 - Sun, Jun 12, 2016
(12:00 AM)
Trip Leader Course
Spend three days in the Gulf Islands developing the skills required to lead a SKABC trip for a day, a weekend or an extended period....
Training Course
Sat, Jun 4, 2016
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
June Monthly Rescue Practice Session
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your rescue skills. This is the best way to maintain your proficiency and learn new solo and...
Training Course
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 - Sun, Jun 5, 2016
(All Day)
Currents Course
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and practice paddling in currents.  You will paddle in progressively faster currents to give you time to adjust...
Training Course

May 2016

Date Event Type
Sat, May 21, 2016
(9:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Greenland Paddle Carving (FULL) Wait list being created
There is something very special about paddling with a paddle that you have spent the time to create for yourself.  Learn how to carve your...
Training Course
Sat, May 14, 2016
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
May Monthly Rescue Practice Session
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your rescue skills. This is the best way to maintain your proficiency and learn new solo and...
Training Course
Fri, May 13, 2016 - Sun, May 15, 2016
(12:00 AM)
Beginners Course II
The Beginner Course will give you the basic skills and knowledge to go on trips in sheltered waters or to join competently led trips in...
Training Course
Sat, May 7, 2016 - Sun, May 8, 2016
(8:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Strokes and Rescues Course
In this course you will learn and practice: bracing strokes, including a low- and high brace and a sculling brace different forward and reverse strokes...
Training Course
Sat, May 7, 2016 - Sun, May 8, 2016
(All Day)
Weather Course
The Weather Course will teach you the basic skills and knowledge to make a go/no-go decision for a kayak launch based on the weather. It will...
Training Course

April 2016

Date Event Type
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 - Sun, May 1, 2016
(9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Instructors Course
NOTICE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED:  We would love to have four "Volunteers" who the course participants can use to practice/demonstrate their teaching skills on Sunday.   The volunteers should be...
Training Course
Sat, Apr 23, 2016
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Kayak Packing Course
Learn how to pack your boat efficiently and quickly, whether it's for a weekend trip or a two week excursion. Knowing how to pack your...
Training Course
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 - Sun, Apr 17, 2016
(8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Navigation Course (cancelled)
This course will teach the fundamentals of navigation, including using charts and compasses. You will learn how to follow a course to a destination and...
Training Course
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 - Sun, Apr 17, 2016
(All Day)
Beginner 1 Course (Full)
This Course is full.   A WAIT LIST  is being established to fill openings that may become available.  Please email the  Course Coordinator  to be included...
Training Course
Sat, Apr 2, 2016
(9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
Knots and Tarps Course (Full)
                    A Wait List is being established to fill vacancies that may occur within this course.  Please...
Training Course

October 2015

Date Event Type
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 - Sun, Oct 4, 2015
(9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Safe Surf Landing and Launching
This course will give you the basic skills and knowledge to land and launch safely on surf beaches and increase your confidence in rough water....
Training Course

September 2015

Date Event Type
Mon, Sep 7, 2015
(9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Monthly Rescue / Bracing Practice (September)
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your Bracing and Edging skills before working together to improve your Rescue skill set.   This...
Training Course

August 2015

Date Event Type
Sun, Aug 9, 2015
(8:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Monthly Rescue Practice (August)
Meet with other SKABC members on the water and have fun practicing your rescue skills.   This is the best way to maintain your proficiency and learn new solo...
Training Course