Course Schedule

See below for the list of courses and dates. Registration is open for most courses. Workshop details and registrations will follow as confirmed.
(last update Apr 14, 2024 @ 4:00 pm)

  •  March 30 - Knots & Tarps - CANCELLED
  • April 20-21 - Navigation - 2 full days on Galiano Island with option to add a 2nd night camping April 19th. Registration is open.  
  • May 11- 12 - Weather - 2 full days on Galiano Island with option to add a 2nd night camping May 10. Note: this is Mother's Day weekend. Registration is open.
  • May 18-20 - Beginners - 3 days on the May long weekend held on local lake and ocean locations. Registration is open.
  • May 25-26 - Boat Handling and Rescues - 2 days at a local location. Registration is open.
  • May 31- Jun 2 - Remote 1st Aid with Coast Wilderness Medical Training.  Course begins Friday evening followed by 2 days at UBC Endowment Lands. Registration is open.  We met our minimum of 8 this weekend.  At time of update we have 10 & 2 spots remaining. 
  • June 4-5 - Safe Surf Launching and Landing with SKILS in Ucluelet area.  Must arrive Jun 3 for this mid week 2 full day course.
    Course is full. Join waitlist.
  • June 15-16 - Safe Surf Launching and Landing with SKILS in Ucluelet area.  Must arrive Jun 14 for this 2 full day course. Registration is open.
    Course is full. Join waitlist.
  • July 19-21 - Currents - 3 day course on Mayne Island. Registration open.

Confirmed practice sessions & workshops: 

  • Trip Planning and Decision Making workshop - April 24 and May 1 - 6pm-9 pm in North Vancouver Workshop is full. Join waitlist. 
  • Strokes tune-up/practice session  - Sunday June 2nd (9 am - noon) in West Vancouver (registration is open)
  • Introduction to paddling with a Greenland Paddle - Wed evening June 5 (5:30-8:30 pm) in Kitslano. Registration is open.
  • Rescue and rolling practices on North Shore on Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11. (9 am  - noon) Registration is open.

Additional courses, clinics, workshops and practice sessions:

  • SKABC has 3 additional courses to offer. They are: KayakBS Camping Best Practices, Trip Leader Course, Instructor Course.  Please email the Training Officer if you are interested in any of these courses in 2024 or 2025.
  • Clinics, workshops, practice sessions, and other topics of interest are being explored for 2024. They include:
    • VHF review (one weeknight June 2024; location required)
    • Suggestions for other topics may be sent to the Training Officer.

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April 2024

Date Event Type
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
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

May 2024

Date Event Type
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
Sat, May 18, 2024 - Mon, May 20, 2024
(All Day)
Beginners Course – Registration
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, 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
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

June 2024

Date Event Type
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Strokes Tune-up & Practice session
Stroke tune-up session. Registrants will be vetted for prior stroke courses.
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
Wed, Jun 5, 2024
(5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Introduction to Greenland Paddling Clinic (2024) Registration
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
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
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

July 2024

Date Event Type
Sun, Jul 14, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue & Rolling Practice Session – Sunday July 14 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
Fri, Jul 19, 2024 - Sun, Jul 21, 2024
(All Day)
Currents course – 2024 – Registration
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 2024

Date Event Type
Sun, Aug 11, 2024
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rescue & Rolling Practice Session – Sunday August 11 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