Trip Report – Kayak Practice – 23 June 2022

Five club members met at Mine Lake to practice kayak rescues. As it was sunny, but cool and windy, blowing onshore, the decision was made not to paddle to another location and practice was held close to the boat launch. Participants discussed deck layout, paddle floats, and a dry running of a paddle float rescue and a group rescue.

Participants got in their boats or entered the water to practice solo rescues, including paddle float rescues with and without a sling assist. One couple also practised an assisted rescue involving two boats. Everyone seemed to be happy that they tried at least one rescue, and all came to the conclusion that rescue skills greatly diminish over a year’s period, and that at least two practices a year would definitely be beneficial and make paddlers more confident.

We had a relaxing lunch onshore as the day warmed up and two paddled along the south shore of Mine Lake and into the narrows, while the others returned home.

Brent Henry

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Kayaking Practice – Mine Lake – 23 June 2022


Kayak Practice – Mine / Main Lake – 23 June 2022

Activity Kayak Safety Practice
Destination Mine / Main Lake
Date 23 June, Thursday, with 30 June as back up
Trip Coordinator Brent Henry
Contact Info, text: 250-205-1106.  Please contact the coordinator by Monday evening (June 21) .
Description We will go on a warm up paddle and find a suitable spot to practise bracing, wet exits and paddle float rescues as basic skills for club paddles.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch
Departure Time 10:00 on the water
Difficulty Moderate
Costs none
Trip limits 6-8, depending on previous experience
Dogs? No
Notes: If possible, bring to wear or borrow a lightweight paddling wet suit, as this facilitates getting immersed more than once. Have a towel and spare dry clothing and some lunch or snacks. A thermos of hot tea is not a bad idea for warming up after practise.

Participants should review kayaking information on the club site by going to: “Required gear and safety equipment”.

Boats should also have adequate flotation in both bow and stern, with either built-in bulkheads or flotation bags or air bottles of some type, attached or contained in the boat.

Trip Report – Kayak training – 12 Aug 2020

There were a total of 5 participants on a cool morning for August. With the boats on the ground, just up form the launch site, we went over outfitting, particularly in regards to rescues.

After a short period, we paddled north on Main Lake to a small shallow bay near an island, opposite and a little past the twin private islands. The water was shallower here and there was a place to pull out for drying off and changing clothes.

Participants tried solo rescues, and group rescues for the couple involved. One brave soul even made a game attempt at a roll.   After a couple of hours and a quick lunch, we headed back.

Although there were plenty of users on the lake, we had this practice area to ourselves. We had only a gentle breeze on the return trip. A cool August morning turned into a pleasant warm day, and no one got too cold, despite getting wet. About 4 hours went by quickly.

Brent Henry

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Kayaking Training – Mine Lake – 12 Aug 2020

Kayak Training – Mine Lake – 12 Aug 2020

Activity Kayak training
Destination Mine Lake
Date 12 Aug 2020, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Brent Henry
Contact Info or 250-205-1106 (phone or text).  Contact the coordinator in advance
Description This will start with a short session on outfitting a kayak for safety. We’ll do a short paddle with some rescue and skills practice, for 2 or 3 hours.
Meeting Place Mine Lake parking lot
Departure Time Meet at 9:00; launch at 9:30
Difficulty Easy
Costs none
Trip limits 6
Dogs? No
Notes: All safety equipment required. Bring a lunch. This is not a formal instruction session. We will all share our knowledge.

Trip Report – Kayak training – 26 June 2019

Nine kayakers participated in an excellent course on strokes, braces and rescue techniques taught by Monica Russell and ably assisted by Graham and Janet.  The day began cool and a bit rainy, but rapidly cleared and warmed up.  The morning was spent on strokes (forward, sweep from bow and stern, sculling, and bow rudder), edging and bracing, particularly low bracing.

The afternoon was spent on assisted- and self-rescue.  Everyone began with a wet exit and assisted re-entry, then moved on to self-rescue with a paddle float.  Some tried the t- or bow rescue. The water and weather were warm enough to avoid getting chilled.  There definitely wasn’t enough wind to make the rescue practice realistic.

The course reinforced the importance of practicing these skills and of having the proper deck rigging to facilitate rescues.


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Kayaking Training – Mine Lake – 26 June 2019

Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 26 June 2019

Activity Kayak training session
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 26 June 2019, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell; Instructor Monica Russell
Contact & Registration Info (preferred) or 250-923-5540.  The registration deadline is May 26th.  Payment must accompany the registration and is non-refundable.
Description Led by trainer Monica Russell, this session will start at 10:30 and end about 3:30, with a half hour lunch break. Training will include:
– the basics of kayak safety and necessary equipment;
– strokes including forward, reverse, sweep, draw, stern rudder, bracing and edging;
– controlled wet exit, assisted rescue and self-rescue.
Rescue practice, when participants will be wet, will take place after lunch.
Meeting Place Boat launch at Mine Lake
Departure Time 10:00 meeting for 10:30 start of training session
Costs $80; send your course fee to Julie at PO Box 397, QCove
Trip limits 10
Dogs? No
Notes: Participants will benefit most from the rescue training if they are able to stay in the water for some time – wet suits of any type, together with neoprene hoods or caps, will be very useful.  Bring lunch and warm liquids.  Participants provide their own kayak, paddle and all necessary equipment, including pump, paddle float, sponge, whistle. This session is the pre-requisite for participation in multi-day club kayaking trips and is an excellent refresher for all paddlers.

Trip Report – Kayak training – 6 June 2018

Thanks to trainers Doug Taylor, Monica Russell and Penny Taylor, seven club members learned and revisited kayak rescue and paddling skills in the club’s annual rescue workshop. In a separate afternoon session, five members and guests were introduced to the use of the Greenland paddle. The day was cool, partly sunny and rather windy, but still the best day of a wet blustery week.

Doug and his fellow trainers have adopted a ‘backwards’ approach to teaching assisted rescue. Rather than starting with the dreaded “dump yourself upside down” (otherwise known as a wet exit), this step is taught last, after participants have practiced emptying a swamped boat and re-entering with the help of a fellow paddler. Participants unanimously preferred keeping wet heads and water up the nose until the end of the session.

In the afternoon, club members learned about the history and construction of the Greenland paddle and practiced various strokes in a short tour of the lake. Paddling technique is quite different from that of the Euro paddle, and is considered very efficient for long trips, especially in windy conditions. The shorter and lower stokes place less stress on the shoulders. For the older paddler, this is a real advantage.

Once again organized through Coast Mountain Expeditions, the two workshops were both well received and very useful. Several participants mentioned that they would like to see self-rescue included in future workshops, which will likely require some advance information about proper deck rigging.


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Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 6 June 2018

Education – VHF Course – 7 June 2018

Activity VHF course  –  Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime)  –  ROC(M)
Date 7 June, Thursday.  Course in the morning (09:00 to 11:30),  optional exam after lunch
Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact  Please contact the coordinator ASAP at or 3710.
Description Industry Canada has designated the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons as the official provider of the courses and exams.  Lionel Botting of Campbell River has been teaching this course for years and he has agreed to come to Quadra for us.

We are offering this course especially for kayakers who would like to make their VHF use legal, but it is open to everyone, even boaters who already have their certificate but who would like a refresher on the procedures and channels to use.

Lionel will bring VHF radios for hands-on experience.

Lionel will teach the course in the morning, 09:00 to 11:30, then after lunch, those who wish to write the exam can do so. So the whole thing is done in one day.

The exam has 60 multiple choice questions; a score of at least 70% is required to pass. The exam costs $70 (price set by Industry Canada), for those who wish to get the certificate.  The certificate is good for life.

There is a study manual, which is optional. It also costs $70 (price set by Industry Canada), however it has not changed, so you may be able to find a used one or borrow one. It is not necessary since the course will go over the material.

The Table of Contents is here:

Click to access MaritimeRadio_TOC.pdf

There are two modules.

1. VHF usage
The uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases.

2. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Introduction (GMDSS)
Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPRIBs), Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), and other safety related additions to VHF.

It’s good to learn the phonetic alphabet and get some practice using it:

Anybody using a VHF should know the proper way to do it. This course will teach you that, even if you don’t want to take the exam.

Locaation Quadra Community Centre: Room 1 for the course and Room 2 for the exam.
Time Course: 09:00-11:30; exam after lunch.
Cost No charge for the course; $70 for the exam and certificate.
Notes: This course is open to anyone on Quadra who would like to learn or refresh their VHF procedures.  Preference will be given to those writing the exam and Outdoor Club members.  Register early.

Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 6 June 2018

Activity Kayak training session
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 6 June 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell; Instructor Douglas Taylor
Contact & Registration Info
Please contact Darcy no later than May 15 to receive a registration form for one or both sessions. Payment in full must accompany registration; registration deadline is May 25. Payment is non-refundable, unless you are able to find someone to take your place by the registration deadline.
Description 1) Three hour training/refresher on assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue. The session will begin with a review of basic safety and paddling skills.
2) Introduction to the Greenland Paddle (3 hours). Ever wondered about paddling with “a stick”? Paddles will be provided by the instructor for an introduction to paddling technique and when/where the Greenland paddle is most useful. Tip – the G.P. is reputed to be kind to aging shoulders….
Meeting Place Boat launch at Mine Lake
Departure Time Meet at the boat launch by 8:30 to be ready to start at 9:00 for the morning session.
The afternoon session starts at 12:30 p.m.
Costs $60+GST=$63 per person for one session or $105+GST=$110.25 for both sessions
Trip limits 8 people per session
Dogs? No
Notes: All participants must provide their own kayaks and all safety equipment, including PFD, paddle float, pump, sponge, whistle. Wet suits are strongly advised (if you need a wetsuit, the trainer or other club members may have spares to loan – mention to Darcy when you register). Bring warm drinks and warm clothing as we can get pretty chilled.

Trip Report – Kayak Training – 6 June 2017

QIOC has endeavoured to offer a kayak rescue training session every year as part of our ongoing quest to improve paddler safety and skills. This year, we offered two sessions – one for kayak rescue and a second for edging and maneuvering. Six members took the morning rescue session, where we learned how to rescue another kayaker in the event of an upset, and two more joined three of the morning group for an afternoon of edging skills and new strokes including sweeping, sculling draw, stern rudder, bow rudder and the low brace turn – and various combinations. Under the auspices of Coast Mountain Expeditions, Doug Taylor led the training sessions (for a second year) accompanied by Krista Wall.

All participants were very enthusiastic, praising the support and patience of both instructors (not everybody is absolutely thrilled to turn themselves upside down….). Doug and Krista were also very helpful in advising how to properly rig kayaks for assisted and self-rescue.

The water seemed a bit chillier than last year, but the weather was warm and sunny.

Thanks to Lannie (Coast Mountain), Doug and Krista for a great day, and to all participants – improving our safety skills helps us, and all our fellow paddlers!

Darcy Mitchell

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Kayaking Training – Main Lakes Provincial Park – 6 June 2017