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On-Going Training Policy Update:
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Dec 22, 2013
Northern Gateway Pipeline:
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2013 Annual General Meeting:
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Toquaht Bay Closure
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Updated - Water Classification Maps:
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Thank you to everyone who made this event a success! Almost 50 participants gathered to spend time under blue skies (albeit a little windy) to camp at Descanso Regional Park and paddle on Gabriola Island. Thank you to Gabriola Sea Kayaking, Baja Kayak Adventures, Wildheart Adventures, and Jim's Kayaking for organizing this event.
Friday evening began with a showing of This is the Sea 3 at the Roxy Theatre.
After a hearty breakfast cooked up by Wildheart Adventures, Saturday morning was filled with a wide range of dry land sessions:
Outdoor Education for Guides with Sarah Osberg
'Bikinis and Briefs - Interpretation - with Al Schaffer
Hands on Hypothermia treatment practice - with Alision Harle
A presentation by the BC Cetacean Sightings Network - Caitlain Birdsall
Saturday Afternoon shifted to the waters of Twin Beaches where dozens of guides headed out on the water:
'Guides do it better upside down' - Rolling Clinic with Matt Bowes and Jen Smith of Gabriola Sea Kayaking
Begining to advanced stroke practice - with Kate Hives
Rescue practice - with Lenny Allison
A Greenland Rolling clinic with Mike Jackson
Saturday evening was a social affair, with individuals gathering for a beach BBQ, eating at the Surf Lounge, and finally many dancing the night away at a Five Alarm Funk concert at the Gabriola Community Hall.
Sunday Morning broke sunny and calm. Baja Kayak Adventures cooked up a blueberry pancake breakfast, then we carpooled to Gabriola Passage:
Moving water: Eddy Turns, Bracing, and boat handling - Peter Yates
and on-land sessions with Hillary and Ryan Masson, and Jen Smith
A special thank you goes to Nikki Rekman (www.rekman.ca), who brought some amazing demos for people to enjoy. Many had the chance to try out Kokatat Drysuits, Werner Paddles, and Boreal Design kayaks.
Thank you to Atlantis Kayaks who sent along several beautiful boats for people to try.
For more photo's, visit Matthew Bowes Flicker site.
This year’s fall exchange promises to be another great event. From newcomers to seasoned veterans, there will be something for everyone. Come share stories, skills, humor, and experiences.
Rise and Shine - Meet and Mingle for Breakfast - Photo Liam McNeil
Caitlin Birdsall discusses the Cetacean Sighting Network - Photo Richard Pullano
Discussion following a hands on hypothermia session with Alison Harle - Photo Richard Pullano
Some of the dozens of boats to hit the water at Twin Beaches - Photo Richard Pullano
Kate Hives leads a stroke session - Photo Joscelyn Sorbara
Matt Bowes and Jen Smith demonstrate the progression of learning to roll - Photo Joscelyn Sorbara
The peanut gallery watching a session - Photo Matthew Bowes
Mike Jackson demonstrating a static brace during his Greenland rolling session - Photo Matthew Bowes
4 stoves, and 3 guides - cooking up pancakes and coffee - Photo Liam McNeil
Sessions will range from rescue and paddling skill workshops, to dry land knowledge based training.
Pre-registration, while not essential, is nice so we can plan for approximate numbers. To sign up to lead a session, or for more info, please email Matt & Jen at Gabriola Sea Kayaking: email@example.com
We encourage everyone to come ready to camp (camp fees are covered by exchange cost), however, Gabriola Island has many other accommodation options available: See
Gabriola Island Accommodations.
CPR Recertification (details TBA) – space may be limited, so please preregister! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Sept 25-27, 2009
Cost: $75 - covers camping, several meals, and logistical costs
Kayaks: Bring your own boat, OR, available from Matt & Jen at Gabriola Sea Kayaking (Pre-register to reserve a boat)
Where: Gabriola Island - Descanso Bay Regional Park / Campground
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Gabriola Island is serviced by BC Ferries (click for BC Ferries Schedule). Descano Bay Park (campground) is only 1km from the Gabriola Island Ferry terminal (easy to walk). On arrival on Gabriola Island, follow the traffic up the hill, take the first left onto Taylor Bay Rd, then drive/walk approximately 1 km and turn left at the Descanso Bay Regional Park Sign. Or, PADDLE over from Nanaimo (stay out of the way of the ferry (3.7 Nautical Miles))!
Friday, September 25
- 1:00 - 5:00 CPR C Rercertification - (you must pre-register for CPR email@example.com)
- 4:00 - 7:00 Registration and Camping set-up
- Location: Descano Bay Regional Park Office
- 8:00 - 10:00 Paddling Films at the Roxy Theatre
Saturday, September 26
- 8:00-9:00 Pancake Breakfast – Baja Kayak Adventures
- 8:00-9:00 Registration - Descano Bay Park
- 9:00 - 12:15 Workshops (dryland)
- Fisheries - Colin Masson of Baja Kayak Adventures
- Human Dimensions of Wildlife - Jen Smith
- Outdoor Education For Guides - Sara Osberg
- BC Cetacean Sightings Network - Caitlin Birdsall
- 12:15 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
- 1:15 – 5:00 Workshops (on water/dryland)
- "Guides do it better upide down". Rolling. - Jen & Matt
- Capsize & Recovery: basic & advanced techniques
- Paddling Skills: bracing, edging
- Kayak Fishing - Kate Hives
- 6:00 -7:00 Dinner - (Suggested Restaurants: Skols Pub, Suzy's, or Rasberry's Jazz Cafe)
- Saturday Evening Social Night!
Sunday, September 27
- 8:00 Breakfast - Wildheart Adventures
- 9:00 Sessions
- Current Fun: Gabriola Passage - 4.5kn Flood
- Tidepool Interpretation - Hilary Masson
- 12:00 Noon - Wrap-up