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October 13 social meeting

PIKA’s October social meeting features a presentation by John Bakker about our 2021 trips. It happens on October 13 at 7:00pm.

Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, it will be a Zoom meeting. Watch your email for the invite.

Non-members are welcome to attend this meeting. Contact for details.

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PIKA Picnic September 12

There will be no club meeting in September. Instead, we gather at Hayward Lake on September 12th for a short paddle or practice followed by a picnic.

Please bring your own food; due to COVID-19 concerns, this event is not a potluck. Also a good idea to bring your own chair.

You’ll want to arrive early as Hayward Lake can get very busy!

Launch: beach beside boat launch.

On the water: 10:00am. Lunch: 12:30pm

Sign up by September 5 with

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June 9 social meeting features presentation about intertidal life

Miranda Alldritt is going to do a presentation on Intertidal Life that should be super interesting.

Members will be sent the Zoom meeting invitation by email.

Non-members are welcome to attend. For an invite, contact

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April 14 Social Meeting features Sarah Wilson

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises … oh my!!
It’s a special moment when we encounter a whale, dolphin or porpoise as we are out paddling.  These are truly majestic creatures.

Sarah Wilson, Outreach & Technical Support Coordinator, Marine Mammal Research for Ocean Wise will be giving a talk covering some basic cetacean biology, identification and best practices for encounters in the wild.  Enrich your experience and learn how to be sure that our
interactions are not stressing or endangering the animal.

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver-based globally focused conservation organization on a mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans.

7:00pm April 14 via Zoom. Members will be send the invitation by email.

Non-member who want to attend may contact for an invitation.

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February Special General Meeting and Social Meeting

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021. 7:00pm – by Zoom

This Special General Meeting is for a vote by members on changes to the Association’s By-Laws. Notice and proposed By-Laws will be sent to members by email at least 2 weeks before the meeting.

The social meeting, which follows the Special General Meeting, features a presentation about paddling on the Central Coast of BC.

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January 2021 meeting features preso on paddling BC’s North Coast

Our January meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm. Invitations will be sent to members via email a few days before the event.

Or join using this link. Public is welcome.

John Bakker will be giving a presentation on paddling Chatham Sound, on BC’s North Coast.

John has made several trips exploring the area, including Porcher Island and the Dundas Islands.

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December meeting features presentation on Antarctica and South Georgia

PIKA’s social meeting on December 2 at 7:00pm, will be through Zoom.

Special guest, Jean-Francois (JF) Marleau of SKILS, will present on paddling in Antarctica and Southern Georgia.

JF says “words are not strong enough to describe”. Antarctica has whales, elephant seals, penguins. Also calving glaciers, avalanches, glaciers turning… he says the amount of noise from the ice is crazy. South Georgia he described as “the highest concentration of wildlife in the world”. His presentation will be a combination of videos and still photos.

Watch your email for an invitation to this exciting event!

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November meeting is cancelled

PIKA’s meeting, scheduled for Wednesday November 11, is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. There will not be a Zoom-based November meeting.

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2020 Video

The video summary of the club’s 2020 paddles, as premiered at the October 14 Zoom meeting, is available for viewing on the 2020 Picture Gallery page.

Re-entry qualification

Annual Re-entry Qualification Change

PIKA places a high value on training and safety and as a result we require that in order to participate in any club paddle, you must be able to do an assisted re-entry, both as the assistant and the assisted. To participate in PIKA classification 2, 3, or 4 paddles, you must also be able to do an unassisted re-entry. To participate in PIKA classification 4 paddles, you must also be able to do a roll. These skills must be practiced once within the previous 365 days as a basic safety precaution.

Normally, in addition to courses and clinics offered by the club or its members, we also host winter training sessions at local pools. Unfortunately, this year as a result of COVID-19 related precautions, many courses and clinics were cancelled and it remains uncertain that we will be able to host pool sessions over the winter.

Qualification change

Consequently, PIKA has decided to extend the requalification period for all members who have previously completed these requirements. Members will now have until May 31st, 2021 to practice re-entry skills and may participate in PIKA trips in the meantime.  We plan to hold some open air sessions in the spring so that you can requalify before the May 31st extension deadline.

Please keep in mind that we have been experimenting with some slightly different versions of the assisted re-entry in order to maintain a bit of distance. You may want to review those techniques. 

Here is a video of COVID-19 safe assisted rescues.

New members will still have to practice these skills at least once in order to paddle on PIKA trips. We understand that it may be inconvenient, but your safety is important to us. New members can complete these requirements by either taking a course with a local instructor, (if you need a contact, please see our list of local kayak instructors), or by attending one of the outdoor sessions put on by our experienced club members as below.

Upcoming outdoor re-entry practices

We are hosting a few outdoor sessions just for re-entry practice before the cold weather sets in. 

Oct. 10 at Blackie Spit.  Contact John Drent at

Oct. 11 at Sasamat Lake. Contact Sonny Zlotnik at