2023 Spring Training

 

In order to help promote safe sea kayaking for SISKA members, between March and May for each of the past few years, we have organized "Spring Training" sessions with professionals from kayaking skills companies as well as our own Paddle Canada certified SISKA instructors.

This initiative succeeded in improving paddlers' skills and also introducing members to the fine kayaking companies operating here. For Spring Training 2023 and beyond we are planning a different approach to accomplish our goals, and ensure that our members continue to receive great kayak skills training and experiences on an ongoing basis. After all, rather than being limited to the Spring months, training should be available year-round!

We will promote to our club members the paddling skills development and trip experience offerings of all commercial kayak companies that agree to provide these at a discount for all paid-up SISKA members. Registration and payment for these will take place directly with the company involved, and be subject to their normal customer policies. You will be able to book immediately, making it easier for your own planning and for the company involved. If companies provide discounts for gear we will also promote those. We are currently in the process of finalizing arrangements with a number of businesses and will circulate that information to you as soon as we can.

Of course, our SISKA instructors will continue to offer on-water skills development workshops and courses to members as well, and information about these will be circulated to members when available.

"Spring Training" offers received are listed below by provider.

 


 

BLUE DOG KAYAKING

 

SISKA is pleased to recommend and promote Blue Dog's paddling instruction business as well as their online store! 

Blue Dog is now the dealer for Kokatat, Lendal and Gear Lab paddles as well as the Canadian Dealer and expedition center for NDK Kayaks.

You can find out all about Blue Dog Kayaking's workshops, courses, trips and gear, and make your purchases at 
https://bluedogkayaking.com/ .


Here is their message to SISKA members:


Blue Dog Kayaking is delighted to support SISKA during 2023, and will provide:
  
1. A 10% discount to ALL club members on paddling gear, dry suits, PFDs, Paddles etc

2. A 10% discount to ALL club members on Expeditions and courses 

 
To redeem the discount on gear, members will need to apply the coupon code SISKA2023 at check out when ordering online at our online store.

To redeem the discount on expeditions and courses, members will need to apply coupon code SISKA23 when booking online.
 
We will also run 4 paddling workshops for SISKA members, continuing with our tested formula of workshops aimed separately at new or less skilled paddlers and at advanced paddlers. Click on the heading links below for details.


Paddlers Workshop (SISKA)  
April 2nd (Sunday) & April 13th (Thursday).
These will be held in Mill Bay 


Advanced Paddlers Workshop (SISKA)  
April 1st (Saturday) & April 12th (Wednesday).
These will be held at our Sidney Location.

 


 

SKILS

 

SKILS has been a strong supporter of SISKA for a number of years, so we are delighted to work with them again in 2023!
You can see their 2023 offerings now online at 
https://skils.ca/ 

Check out the details of their discount offer to SISKA members below and consider joining them with a couple of paddling friends in one or more of these paddling events next year. 



In 2023, SKILS provides a 15% discount when a group of 3 SISKA paddlers book with us for a specific program. This must be the same program with the same dates.


Below is a list of SKILS programs eligible for this discount during 2023:
  
March
March 25-29 SKGABC Level 1 Guide
March 25-26 Course in the currents in Victoria
  
April
April 10-14 SKGABC Level 1 Guide
April 19-23 Discovery Island Lodge Paddle Canada Level 2 skills
April 19-20-21 Advanced course in the Currents at Discovery Island Lodge
April 19-21 SKGABC Level 3 Guide workshop
April 22-30 SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course/Paddle Canada Level 2 skills
April 29-May 7: SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course/Paddle Canada Level 2 skills
  
May
May 6-7 Paddle Canada Level 1 skills in Ucluelet
May 2-6 SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Upgrade Training Course
May 8-12 Paddle Canada Level 1 Instructor Course in Ucluelet
May 10-18 SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course/Paddle Canada Level 2 skills
May 10-14 Paddle Canada Level 3 skills in Clayoquot
May 13-17 SKGABC Level 1 Guide in Ucluelet
May 20-24 Paddle Canada Level 2 skills at Discovery Island Lodge
May 20-26 Paddle Canada Level 4 skills
May 27-28 Paddle Canada Level 1 skills
 
June
June 1-5 Paddle Canada Level 2 instructor course
 June 3-7 Level 2 skills at Discovery Island Lodge
June 10-11 Paddle Canada Level 1 skills
June 10-11 Kayak Surfing
June 12-13 Kayak Surfing
June 15 to July 3 (19 days)  Great Bear Rainforest Challenge
June 18-24 Tofino to Hot Springs Adventures
June 23-26 Paddle Canada Level 2 skills in Victoria (no camping)
 
July
July 8-16,  SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course/Paddle Canada Level 2 skills.
July 24-27 Intro to Skook (meet 4:00pm July 24th)
 
August
August 4-7 Paddle Canada Level 2 skills in Victoria (no camping)
August 4-23 Spirit Bear Quest  
August 12-16 Instructional Trip in Clayoquot
August 22-25 (meet 4:00pm Aug 22) Intermediate/Advanced to Skook course
August 26-28 Kayak Fishing Level 2
 
September
September 9-10 Kayak Surfing
September 16-20 Paddle Canada Level 3 skills in the BGI  
September 16-24 SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Training Course/Paddle Canada Level 2 skills
September 16-20 SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Upgrade Training Course
  
October 
October 5-9 SKGABC Level 1 Guide
October 5-9 Paddle Canada Level 1 instructor in Victoria

 

 


 

GO KAYAK

 

For the past several years, Go Kayak's focused paddling skills workshops and other sea kayaking programs have been very popular with SISKA members, and we're sure 2023 will be no exception!

Check out the details of Go Kayak's Club Members' Spring Training 2023 Program at 
https://bit.ly/3DUWYX1 and email info@gokayak.ca to register.

 


 

 

BESTCOAST OUTFITTERS

BestCoast Outfitters is a collective of industry professionals who together combine a retail business with paddling training and trip experiences. Take a look at their planned sessions below, all available to SISKA members at a 15% discount!


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Bestcoast Outfitters are happy to offer a 15% discount to SISKA members on select training courses. The discount is applicable on checkout using the discount code BESTCOASTxSISKA
 
We are currently adding all sessions to our website - stay tuned at:
https://www.bestcoastoutfitters.com/collections/training-courses
 
December

Pool Session - December 7th
Pool Session - December 14th
Edging Session - December 17th
Forward Stroke Session - December 17th
 
January

Towing and Powerful Strokes Session - January 7th
Blade Awareness Workshop - January 8th
Balance And Bracing - January 8th
 
February

Paddle Canada Level 3 Skills Preparations Course - February 25th & 26th
Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills Preparations Course - March 3rd to March 5th
 
March

Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills - March 10th to March 12th
Introduction To Ocean Paddling - March 31st to April 2nd
 
April

Paddle Canada Level 3 Skills - April 1st to April 5th
West Coast Adventure - April 19th to April 25th
 
May

Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills - May 5th to May 9th
Strokes Session - May 13th
Rescues Tune-up Session - May 14th
Rolling Session - May 14th
Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills - May 19th
Currents Course - May 20th
Currents Course - May 21st
All Ladies Currents Course - May 28th and May 30th
Intro To Currents - May 28th to May 30th
Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills - May 29th to June 2nd
 
June

Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills - June 10th
 
July

Sea kayak games day - July 15th