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Vancouver Kayak Club (Whitewater) Training Overview

We offer whitewater kayaking courses to both beginner and experienced paddlers. Our courses run throughout the fall, winter, and spring. The Vancouver Kayak Club (Whitewater) pool sessions are the perfect place to practice all sorts of paddling skills while having fun training and socializing with each other on a regular basis. In the spring, we run moving water training sessions on the Capilano River. Our trip schedule provides paddlers of all abilities the opportunity to explore some excellent rivers while developing river running skills and progressing in the sport of whitewater kayaking.

Whitewater Kayaking Courses

2017 Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking: Basic Skills and Rolling Course

Description: Have fun, adventure, and experience the outdoors! Make new friends and learn to whitewater kayak. Vancouver Kayak Club instructors will get you started in a nice warm pool where you can learn basic skills and how to roll your kayak. Small groups with the focus on fun. All equipment is provided. Learn all the basics and gain the foundation needed to get into whitewater kayaking! We hope to see you there!

Cost: The cost is $150+tax for 5 sessions and includes a 2017 Vancouver Kayak Club Membership.

Location: Britannia Community Center Pool (1661 Napier St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4X4)

Course #1 Feb.4th, 2017 – Mar.11th, 2017. Please register online: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/introduction-to-whitewater-kayaking-basic-skills/95100

Course Dates:

  • Saturday Feb.4th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • No Session Feb.11th, 2017
  • Saturday Feb.18th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Feb.25th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.4th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.11th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Course #2 Mar.18th, 2017 – Apr.22nd, 2017. Please register online: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/introduction-to-whitewater-kayaking-basic-skills/95102

Course Dates:

  • Saturday Mar.18th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.25th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Apr.1st, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Apr.8th, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • No Session Apr.15th, 2017
  • Saturday Apr.22nd, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm

And if that's not enough time you can stay and take part in our Whitewater Kayaking Pool Sessions from 9-11pm on Saturday evenings for free!

If you have any questions e-mail training@vankayak.org and we will do our best to answer them

2017 Pool Sessions

This year pool sessions will be held at Britannia Community Center Pool (1661 Napier St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4X4) on Saturday evenings from 9-11pm. Please see a list of pool session dates below:

  • Saturday Feb.4th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • No Session Feb.11th, 2017
  • Saturday Feb.18th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Feb.25th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.4th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.11th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.18th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Mar.25th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Apr.1st, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday Apr.8th, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • No Session Apr.15th, 2017
  • Saturday Apr.22nd, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Drop in fee: $5 for members and $15 for non-members. 2017 Annual Memberships will be available at the door for $35 or online here: http://www.vankayak.org/payment.php

We have some whitewater kayaks, paddles, and gear available on a first come first serve basis so don’t worry if it is your first time and you have no gear. All closed-deck whitewater boats are welcome. Space in the pools is usually limited to a certain number of boats, which is another reason to arrive early.

If you are interested in getting into whitewater kayaking, try out the sport at our pool sessions where you can practice your paddling strokes and learn to roll. For experienced paddlers pool sessions are a good opportunity to brush up on skills including your freestyle moves in warm water.

Our pool sessions are fun, informal, social events. Come join us for some paddling and get out of this cold weather to relax and socialize in the hot tub.


As always, the Vancouver Kayak Club (Whitewater) will be holding Capilano Sessions on weekday evenings in May and June to practice your whitewater skills. All participants must have completed our beginner course or have equivalent skills. We have some whitewater kayaks, paddles, and gear available on a first come first serve basis. Please read this waiver through before attending as you will be required to sign it in order to take part: http://www.vankayak.org/docs/vkc-trip-waiver.pdf


We are always in need of extra paddling gear (kayaks, spraydecks, paddles, etc) to use for pool sessions, courses, and beginner trips. If you have any spare gear that you would be willing to either loan or donate to the club, please contact training@vankayak.org.

The Vancouver Kayak Club (Whitewater), as well as many past and future beginner paddlers, would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions of kayaking gear on loan or donated to the club.

  • Catherine Morley, Claudia Schwab, David Elliott, Iain Rogers, Keith Witney, Kent McIntosh, Michael Vaney, Philip Morley, Rick Sheppard, Ryan Bayes, Sarah Hargrave, Steve McConnell, Tom Hoskin, Tony Sloane, Tyson Bell, Rob Morgan, Craig Wilson, Merik Moritz, Amy Whitaker, Arndt Becker, Deborah Arnold, Jessica Block, Chris Campbell


The following are other local drop-in pool sessions that are open to the public. Some locations have paddling gear - call ahead of time and arrive early to arrange boat rental. Space in the pools is usually limited to a certain number of boats, which is another reason to arrive early.

      Lord Byng Pool (map)
      3990 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver
      Fridays, 8:00-9:00 PM

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