Benefits of becoming a member of PIKA
Whether you are a seasoned kayaker looking for paddling companions or a novice who is only just feeling the beckoning call of the ocean, PIKA has lots to offer:
- Day trips, multi-day trips and even longer excursions within Canada
- Trips for almost every week from January 1st through December for all skill levels
- Beginner to advanced kayaking skill development
- Monthly meetings and other social events throughout the year
- Access to the club’s library
- Discounts at selected businesses
To get an idea of what our paddles look like, see the Galleries
How to join – new and renewing members
Our annual membership fee is $55 for individuals and $10 for each additional family member residing in the same residence.
If you join after August 31, the membership fee is $25 for individuals and $10 for each additional family member residing in the same residence.
Membership expires on December 31 and must be renewed.
To join PIKA, download and complete the membership application then email your completed application to email@example.com. Pay your membership fee by e-Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org when you submit your application. When you use e-Transfer, please indicate that the money is for membership and include your name and email address. Alternatively, mail your completed application and cheque to PIKA, PO Box 32073, Langley, BC V1M 2M3.
Equipment you need to participate in a paddle
PIKA members supply their own equipment; PIKA does not loan or rent any paddling gear or kayaks.
For a list of mandatory and recommended equipment, see PIKA Paddler Guidelines which you can download using the link above.
Minimum skills you need to participate in a paddle
PIKA requires that its members are capable of certain minimum kayaking skills before being allowed to participate in a PIKA paddle.
For a description of the minimum skills, see PIKA Paddler Guidelines which you can download using the link above.
Please read the PIKA Harassment Policy 2015
Social meeting location
Before coming to a meeting, check Events for cancellations.
To attend a Zoom-based meeting, send your request for invitation to email@example.com
Our meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month from September to May at Harmsworth Hall,7170 232nd Street, Langley BC. (Across the street from the Chevron/White Spot immediately south of Hwy 1)
The doors are always open by 7 pm.
Non-members are welcome.
PIKA’s mentor program connects new members to experienced members (the mentors) who assist the new members to learn the ways of the club, such as what kayaks and associated gear are acceptable, PIKA’s safety guidelines, the trip classification system, what training is available, what the new member’s current skill level is and how to signup for a trip, to name a few.
Mentors are not necessarily qualified instructors although some are. Their goal is to enable new members to become confident yet cautious paddlers who make informed decisions regarding which trips they join, which gear they acquire and how to develop their paddling skills while having a safe and enjoyable time.
Typical interactions that mentors can offer new members include the following:
- Answer new member’s questions by email and/or phone
- Review the Paddler Guidelines document
- Review the trip calendar, trip classifications and what a trip facilitator does
- Review training opportunities with PIKA and with other local providers
- Discuss PIKA’s approach to safety on a trip such as 3-person rule and required re-entry skills.
- Meet up to review new member’s gear and go on a short paddle together.
- Discuss the benefits of attending PIKA social meetings
- Tour the PIKA website by a Zoom meeting
To be connected with a mentor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org