Campbell River Paddlers Club

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Where can I learn to sea kayak?

The Campbell River Paddling Club does not sponsor any sea kayak training.  There are several Paddle Canada Certified Instructors and Courses in BC and on or near Vancouver Island.  You may wish check with any local kayak retail or rental outlets.  Even if they do not offer lessons, they may know of lessons and/or qualified instructors nearby.

While we do not recomend any one in particular we are aware that  Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes(CVKC) does offer lessons through the Comox Valley Recreational District.  The availability of lessons does depend on the time of year.  In any event a call to CVKC at 250.334.2628 should yield the latest information regarding their lessons.  They may also know of other available qualified instructors in the area.

Where can I practice what I have learned? (And information on informal skills sessions).

As a sea kayaker it is important to practice new skills and refresh old ones.  You can certainly practice some on your own, but practicing with others is safer, often necessary and more fun.

While the club does not sponsor practice sessions, some of our members do meet on an informal basis to practice a variety of sea kayak skills.   These sessions are held at a pool during the winter and at the Campbell River Estuary during the warmer months.

There is no formal club training available at these times but there are often other club members to hang out with and who are willing to offer friendly advice or to help you practice skills that involve other kayakers, such as assisted rescues.

If you are planning to attend a session and want to check if others will be there please check on our FaceBook Group Page

  • Winter skill sessions are held at the swimming pool in the Strathcona Gardens Recreational Complex on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:15pm to 8:30pm at the  shallow end of the pool.

    Members try to arrive at the parking lot around 6:45pm to unload their kayaks and equipment.  Entry is from the northwest back door.  The first member to arrive opens that door from the inside after paying the regular swim rate.

    Please note:
    • Your boat must be clean inside and out!
    • Shoes are prohibited on the pool deck so they must be removed after stepping in the door.
    • Keep your eyes open for swimmers and others on the pool deck and take care when moving equipment.
    • You must pay the regular swim rate at the front desk before you participate in the session.
  • Summer sessions are held at the Campbell River Estuary on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

    Members meet at the public parking lot of a small park at approximately 2860 Spit Rd, Campbell River, BC V9W 6E3.  After entering Spit Road at its intersection with Highway 19A, travel 1.4km from 19A.  You will see a wood fenced play ground, picnic area and restroom.  There is also an observation platform facing the estuary.

    Members generally arrive at the parking lot around 6:00pm planning to be on the water by about 6:30pm.  Feel free to arrive earlier or later.  If you arrive after 6:30pm you should be able to see others practicing  in the water nearby. 

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