Available Open Launch Sites
For locations where you can launch, see Open launch Sites.
Notice of Cancellation of Activities
With the health and well being of our members foremost on our minds, and in following governments guidelines and consulting with other paddling clubs, we are cancelling all PIKA functions scheduled for April and May, 2020. This includes the club meetings as well as all scheduled training sessions and group paddles.
As of May 20, with things cautiously opening up around us, here is what June will look like for PIKA. Some of our day trips will be happening, but may have changes due to closures. These trips will also require all participants to use COVID-19 safe practices. One other requirement for participating in any paddles is a current self re-entry skill.
To keep up to date, see the calendar below, which is updated to the end of June, and the latest newsletter emails.
Joining a Paddle
You must be a club member to join in on the paddles, and there are no “drop ins” permitted. If it’s a single day paddle, you’ll need to let the trip facilitator know at least two days ahead so the float plan can be created and sent to the trip coordinator. If it’s a weekend or longer trip, then more than a week’s notice of your intent to participate is required. More adventurous week long paddles require planning meetings to make sure everyone is capable of making the trip safely.
For details about how to join a paddle, see page 2 of the Calendar. Plan your paddling year and let the facilitators know as soon as you know!
PIKA’s trip classification system
PIKA applies a trip classification in its trip schedule to indicate the expected skills/degree of difficulty (1-4) and the distance involved and physical effort necessary (A-D) for a PIKA trip.
A trip classification is set by the most difficult and most strenuous part of the trip. It does not take into account changes in sea conditions or weather which may change the trip classification unexpectedly.
Reference: PIKA trip classification
Don’t overestimate your paddling skills; if you are unsure, get out on less strenuous (and less risky) paddles until you’re comfortable and have enough skills and stamina to do the higher classification paddles.
Are you new to the club and/or paddling? We have a mentoring program! Speak with the membership coordinator at their table at the next club meeting and they will coordinate a mentor for you.
Tips for new members
We have a few tips for new members – this is mailed to all new members, but is a good reminder for everyone! PIKA Paddler Guidelines includes all the “basics” for any paddler with PIKA.