Paddle Guide Lines

"Relaxed Paddles": allow SISKA members to meet other members; to paddle in a safe environment and to introduce members to Victoria area paddling locations. They are tailored to beginner paddlers, although experienced paddlers are welcome to attend. Participants should have Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking skills http://www.paddlingcanada.com/programs.asp?id=64. Generally, the pace in these paddles is set by those at the back of the “pack”. If you are unsure about the suitability of your equipment or clothing, please contact the trip leader for advice prior to the paddle date.  All those who plan to attend Relaxed Paddles need to wear immersion gear (i.e. drysuit or wetsuit OR insulating clothing such as fleece). ALSO remember to bring a change of clothes in a drybag. The trip leader has the right to deny your participation in the paddle if he/she thinks you are not adequately prepared for the possibility of immersion. It is also expected that you will bring adequate food and water for the duration of the paddle. All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with the SISKA Policies and Procedures. The conditions for Relaxed Paddles are as follows:
 
* sheltered waters
* frequent easy landing opportunities
* light winds
* calm to rippled sea state
* no current
* up to approximately 6 nautical miles in length
 
"Energizer Paddles": allow SISKA members to meet each other; to paddle in a safe environment; and to introduce members to Victoria area paddling locations. These paddles are tailored to novice (one step beyond beginner) paddlers, although more experienced paddlers are welcome to attend. Participants should have Paddle Canada Level 1 skills  http://www.paddlingcanada.com/programs.asp?id=5. Energizer Paddles will require some commitment by each participant to “keep up” with the pack for the duration! Paddlers at the back of the pack will be expected to keep up with the pace-setting leaders!! EP’s will be advertised with the reason for its classification as “energizer” e.g. paddle length in nautical miles, open water crossing etc, so that you will be able to decide in advance if you wish to attend. If you are unsure about the suitability of your skills, equipment or clothing, please contact the trip leader for advice prior to the paddle date. It is also expected that you will bring adequate food and water for the duration of the paddle. All those who plan to attend EP’s need to wear immersion gear (i.e. drysuit or wetsuit OR insulating clothing such as fleece). ALSO remember to bring a change of clothes in a drybag. The trip leader has the right to deny your participation in the paddle if he/she thinks you are not adequately prepared for the possibility of immersion. All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with the SISKA Policies and Procedures. The conditions for Energizer Paddles are as follows:
 
* waters with a mildly exposed coastline
* include short crossings
* frequent easy landing opportunities
* light to moderate winds
* light to moderate chop sea state
* mild currents
* up to approximately 10 nautical miles in length
 
"Adventurous Paddles": allow SISKA members to meet each other; to paddle in a more challenging environment; and to introduce members to Victoria area paddling locations. These paddles are tailored to intermediate or advanced paddlers with a minimum of PC Level 2 skills.
 
Please note that All participants must paddle in “buddy groups” established before the paddle begins. There will NOT be an assigned leader on any AP.
 
All participants MUST be able to demonstrate the skill level advertised for the paddle, whether it be Paddle Canada Level 2 http://www.paddlingcanada.com/courses.asp?id=4, 3 http://www.paddlingcanada.com/courses.asp?id=5, or 4 http://www.paddlingcanada.com/courses.asp?id=6, skills. AP’s will be advertised with the reason for its classification as “adventurous” e.g. paddle length in nautical miles, open water crossing, current speed ,potential sea state etc, so that you will be able to decide in advance if you have the skills and wish to attend.
It is also expected that you will bring adequate food and water for the duration of the paddle. All those who plan to attend AP’s need to wear immersion gear (i.e. drysuit or wetsuit OR insulating clothing such as fleece). ALSO remember to bring a change of clothes in a drybag. All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with the SISKA Policies and Procedures. The conditions for Adventurous Paddles are as follows:
 
* expect surf, swells, moderate winds, and strong currents
* may exceed 10 nautical miles in length