Campbell River Paddlers Club

Getting Ready for a Club Paddle


The club plans a number of paddles and activities throughout our season.

Please note:

  • Scheduled paddles are tentative and and are subject to changes/additions/deletions throughout the season.  The skill level may also change depending on conditions.  An e-mail will be sent a few days prior to each paddle to confirm the details.
     
  • All paddles are peer paddles and participants are responsible for their own safety. The club member acting as the organizer is simply agreeing to arrange the trip. They are not expected to be expert paddlers or the leaders.
     
  • Watch your e-mail for information about upcoming club activities or paddles.

Click here to see our plans for the current season.

An overview:

  • The Club's season usually begins with a weekend get together at the end of April or early May.  For many years our opening weekend has been held at the Discovery Islands Lodge on Quadra Island.
     
  • Evening or afternoon paddles are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from May to September with social events included throughout the summer.
     
  • Day paddles are planned for Saturday or Sunday approximately once a month.
     
  • The season ends with another weekend get together in September/October.

Responsibilities:

While there are specific jobs related to club paddles, such as Paddle Scheduler and Paddle Organizer, all Participants have important responsibilities as well.

Participants:

  • Choose paddle outings within your comfort zone.   Scheduled club paddles will designate the expected skill level of the participants.  If you have a question please review our skill levels on the "How to Join the Club" page.
     
  • Organizers often designate both a meeting time and a time to be  "on the water" and ready to paddle.   The "on the water" time is the important one.  The paddle will be more enjoyable for all if everyone is ready on time.  So regardless of the meeting time,  please be sure to arrive with enough time for you and any companions to be on the water at the designated time!
     
  • Be an asset to the group throughout the paddle.  Strive to be helpful and mindful of the group as a whole.  For example, if you can, assist others with unloading their boats from their cars and moving them to the launch site.
     
  • Continually assess your own group participation, expand your skills and comfort zone.
     
  • Some reminders:
     
    • Be sure to leave time for a good pre-paddle stretch!
       
    • Consider preparing and bringing a "dump bag" - a  dry bag with an extra set of clothes in case you capsize.  If you are prepared it can even be part of the fun!

Paddle Scheduler:
  • At the beginning of the season makes a list of club paddles
     
  • Assigns a date and time for them to occur.
     
  • If necessary lists important details such as tide height and current.
     
  • Lists the skill level of the paddle.


Paddle Organizer:

Note: If you find you need assistance with any aspect of the paddle, whether it be in preparation, at the launch site or on the water don't hesitate to ask other members to help out!

  • Before the paddle:
     
    • A week before the paddle, assemble the necessary details of the paddle and prepare and send an email to club members that includes:
       
      • Location and type/skill level of paddle
      • Meeting place and, if appropriate directions and/or road conditions
      • Designated meeting time and the time you expect everyone to be on the water and ready to go.
         
    • 2-3 days before the paddle send a reminder to club members.
       
  • At the launch site and as the group prepares to launch evaluate the type of paddle, conditions, size of the group and the range of skill levels in the group and consider the type of group paddle you will use, eg, home boat or lead and sweep paddlers.
     
  • On the water:
     
    • When everyone is on the water and ready to go have them raft up to:
       
      • Cover paddle details, expectations, questions or concerns.
      • If the paddle requires extra group equipment, discuss and distribute it.
      • Remind everyone to stay in earshot of the rest of the group!
         
    • Keep an eye on the group to make sure they are staying together and paying attention to where they are going.  If others are leading or sweeping have them help with this.
       
    • Pay attention to details that may change around you.
       
    • If needed and conditions allow, regroup and/or take a break.
       
  • Some Organizer reminders
     
    • When estimating the duration of the paddle, it is best to over than under.
       
    • Share out-of-the-ordinary information that you are aware of.  For example: a very barnacled launch, difficult road conditions or limited parking, etc.
       
    • The type and skill level of the paddle will require different planning.  All will require an evaluation of the conditions.  Understanding and knowing expected weather, especially wind speed and direction, tide and currents is essential on a paddle that includes crossings, but it is important to be aware of these factors even on easier shore line paddles as well.
       
    • If the conditions or skill level of paddle merits it, a radio and first aid kit are not only nice to have , but may be essential.