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2017 Courses

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I want to take a course but I don't have a boat. Does the WWCKC provide canoes or kayaks for the courses?
A: The club does not own any canoes and kayaks, but some instructors can sometimes provide a canoe or kayak at a reasonable cost.

Q: What do I need to take a course?
A: Besides a boat, each paddler must wear a PFD and have in their boat, the following safety equipment: a bailer, a throw rope, and a Fox 40 whistle (marine safety kits with all of the needed gear are available at Canadian Tire. The kit comes in an orange container). Additionally, there might be prerequisites to the course which you are interested in. Please check the course description for more information.
 
Q: Are there stipulations to take a course with the WWCKC?
A: Yes, you need to be a member of the club. For the low low cost of $30/person or $45/family, you can be a member of the club for a year. The various courses will have prerequisites (if any) listed with them.
 
Q: I am interested in taking a course, I am a member and meet all of the course requirements, now what?! How do I register and pay?
A: For the 2017 courses, please register by contacting Andrea Chappell, at auntrooby@gmail.com, and pay using the PayPal gadget below.

Q: I would like to take the tandem canoe course but I don't have a partner.
A: The course organizer will try to match you with a partner, if possible.

Q: If the course is going to be cancelled, when will I know?
A: If a course needs to be cancelled because of low registration, it will be done fourteen (14) days before the course date and you will be notified by phone and/or email.

Course Refund Policy
When taking canoeing courses offered through WWCKC, should you decide, for whatever reason, to withdraw or cancel your participation in a course, you must inform the WWCKC contact person a minimum of fourteen (14) days prior to the start date, in order to receive a refund. Otherwise, no refund will be issued.



WWCKC Water Safety Course, Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 9:00am
The Club is partnering with instructor Beth Jones for a Water Safety course. WWCKC will subsidize the cost at 50%, as a way to increase our overall safety knowledge, which benefits everyone in the Club. Each course has a cap of eight (8) participants. (Click for complete details.)
Location is in Elora in the Gorge, Sunday, June 11th, 9am – 4 or 5pm.
NOTE: Other dates will be opened if there are enough people to fill them!
The cost per participant is $25 (plus PayPal charge of ~$1.20).
Contact Andrea Chappell, at auntrooby@gmail.com, and please provide this info:
YES, I want to sign up for Sunday, June 11th (first 8 will get into this course).
a. Whether you will bring a Canoe or Kayak.
b. If a canoe – who is your partner (or let Andrea know that you need a partner, and Andrea will let whoever needs partners know about each other to finalize).

 

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2016 Courses

WWCKC Canoe Poling clinic, Sunday Aug 21, 2016 at 9:00am or 1:00pm, depending on consensus
Don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your canoeing skill set. Stephen will supply poles and will inform you of the location, depending on the flow. You the brave new polers will need a canoe (16ft or more is best and suitable for shallow rivers… that would be sans keels if possible), and a helmet (just in case you fall down), a pfd, bailer, 15 metres of rope (you know all of the Transport Canada regulation stuff), a paddle so that you can compare it to the much superior pole and a positive mental attitude.
The cost is free!
The number of participants is restricted to eight.
This is not a Paddle Canada certification course, but that can be set up after you are all hooked.
Looking forward to seeing the brave and true standing tall on the water and carrying big sticks.
Contact Stephen Coutts, stephencoutts@rogers.com

Upcoming kayak courses in association with The Complete Paddler, with a discount of 10% off for WWCKC members. If you need to rent a kayak and gear for these courses the fee is $50.00 extra. Contact Declan, the instructor, at letsgokayaking1@gmail.com

If you sign up for one of the below courses on the Complete Paddler website, after you make the booking online, send an email to info@completepaddler.ca and ask them to apply the 10% discount as you are a WWCKC member.

If you book over the phone, tell them you are a WWCKC member to get your 10% discount.

Course #1. Paddle Canada Kayaking Level 1 Course - July 9/10 (Saturday/Sunday) Guelph Lake
This is a 2 day course covering navigation, bow rescues, unassisted re-entry, assisted re-entry, towing, communication/signals, forward stroke, brace low/high, sweep, draw stoke, stern rudder and edging.
Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate from Paddle Canada certifying that you have achieved a Level 1 certification!
Cost is $225 for WWCKC members.
More info and to book, visit http://www.completepaddler.ca/browse-our-store/product/level-1-course-july-9-10-guelph-lake.html

Course #2. Rolling Clinic - July 15 (Friday Evening) Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga
Learn how to roll your kayak.
More info and to book, visit http://www.completepaddler.ca/browse-our-store/product/rolling-clinic-july-15-lakefront-promenade.html

Course #3. Rescue Course/Day - July 17 (Sunday) Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga 
We will show you how to safely capsize, exit your kayak and re-enter using a variety of techniques. Instruction will be given to help you manage and perform rescues in a solo and group paddling environments.
More info and to book, visit http://www.completepaddler.ca/browse-our-store/product/kayak-rescue-course-lake-ontario-july-17.html

Course #4. Rescue Course/Day - July 23 (Saturday) Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga 
We will show you how to safely capsize, exit your kayak and re-enter using a variety of techniques. Instruction will be given to help you manage and perform rescues in a solo and group paddling environment.
More info and to book, visit http://www.completepaddler.ca/lessons/product/kayak-rescue-course-lake-ontario-july-23.html

Course #5. Kayak Navigation Course - July 24 (Sunday) Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga 
This full day course will cover the fundamentals of kayak navigation as well as the tricks to staying found. In the morning we will cover navigation tips and tricks including topographic map and nautical chart reading, practical navigation techniques as well as route planning while in the afternoon we will put our newly acquired skills to the test and go for a paddle for some on-water navigation practice.
Participants should bring:
A handheld compass. MEC sells one for about $20 which will work perfect for our needs. (http://www.mec.ca/product/5037-376/silva-polaris-hi-vis-compass/).
Lunch
Kayaking and safety gear for an afternoon paddle
Comfortable clothing for a morning on land
Cost $70. For more info and to book email Declan (the instructor) who works for The Complete Paddler, at letsgokayaking1@gmail.com
This course is not run by the Complete Paddler.
 
Course #6. Paddle Canada Kayaking Level 1 Course - August 6/7 (Saturday/Sunday) Cherry Beach, Toronto
This is a 2 day course covering navigation, bow rescues, unassisted re-entry, assisted re-entry, towing, communication/signals, forward stroke, brace low/high, sweep, draw stoke, stern rudder and edging.
Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate from Paddle Canada certifying that you have achieved a Level 1 certification!
More info and to register, visit http://www.completepaddler.ca/browse-our-store/product/kayaking-level-1-course-aug-6-7.html

WWCKC Canoe Poling clinic, Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
(or on Sunday June 26th if it is preferred, and the time is also up for negotiation.)
Don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your canoeing skill set. Stephen will supply poles and will inform you of the location in Guelph before the day. It will be one of two locations depending on the flow. You the brave new polers will need a canoe (16ft or more is best and suitable for shallow rivers… that would be sans keels if possible), and a helmet (just in case you fall down), a pfd, bailer, 15 metres of rope (you know all of the Transport Canada regulation stuff), a paddle so that you can compare it to the much superior pole and a positive mental attitude.
The cost is free!
The number of participants is restricted to eight, but there will be another session near the end of August or (quite frankly… anytime that a group of folks want to get together to try).
This is not a Paddle Canada certification course, but that can be set up after you are all hooked.
Looking forward to seeing the brave and true standing tall on the water and carrying big sticks.
Contact Stephen Coutts, stephencoutts@rogers.com

Boat Tie-down Workshop, Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:30 pm
This session is intended to help you become knowledgeable and comfortable when transporting a boat to any location, either locally or when travelling long distances on 400-series highways.
You do not need to bring a boat or any gear to participate. A canoe and kayak, foam blocks, and straps and ropes will be available for you to practice with, and there is no charge.
Meet at the north parking lot of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 450 East Ave, Kitchener, near the Stirling Ave N entrance.
Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

Course is full
Introduction to whitewater tandem canoe course, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016
Elora, Ontario
Perfect course for those who want to take their flatwater and tripping skills to the next level. This two day course will start at 9am both days, and run until 5pm aprox. Students will need a tandem canoe with flotation, a PFD, helmet, paddle, wet suit and lunch both days. A detailed kit list and directions will be sent out to those who register. If you have no partner that is no problem Beth will arrange one for you. If you are interested in a solo canoe or intermediate level course instead, please contact Beth.
Cost is $90 before April 30th ($120 after), includes both Paddle Canada and ORCKA Certification.
Contact Beth Jones at missbeth@rogers.com