Paddling/Kayaking Guidelines

Who we are and how we paddle ...

Many VOA paddlers generously share their knowledge and skills with club members. We encourage participation and love to share enriching experiences in the outdoors while on the water while exploring our local waterways and oceans. Most of all we love to have fun!

We offer occasional day trips to local destinations in the Lower Mainland lakes, rivers and inlets. Members are expected to be able to comfortably paddling an average of 3-4 hrs at a moderate/intermediate pace, be able to comfortably paddle both forwards & backwards & be able to easily turn with or without a rudder. Most kayaking offered is ocean paddling although at times can be lakes. Tides and water temperature should be considered when rating your paddling ability. At times paddling will be against the current, therefore medium ability and strength is required.

We try to take into consideration those who need to rent kayaks with our destinations but this cannot always be guaranteed. We welcome all types of kayaks; single, double, inflatable, fibreglass; day kayaks through expedition kayaks are all welcome.

We also have one annual Paddle Summer Camp trip which is usually for an average of 4 nights/5 days exploring waterways somewhere in BC. Some trips may be longer based on destination where added stamina may be required.

Paddlers should be comfortable in the water and have upper body strength to pull themselves out of the water should they tip; although we're always there to help one another should a situation arise.

Previous local destinations include Bunzen Lake, Deep Cove, Indian Arm/Jug Island, Twin Island, Racoon Island, Pitt Lake/Widgeon Falls, Vancouver Island/Sidney, Portland Is.

Previous locations of overnight Paddle trips includes the Broken Group, Cortez Island, Courtney/Comox, Desolation Sound, Gabriola Island, Gulf Islands, Pender Harbour, Quadra Island, Thetis Island

Please note that VOA trips are not professional guided trips; rather our approach is that we are a group of common adventurers who share the responsibility for making the trip a success. As a participant, you are responsible for your own safety and all paddlers are expected to have experience at an intermediate level.

Please do not overestimate your paddling skills; if in doubt, please ask the trip leader.

As a participant you are expected to have the appropriate skills and equipment for a trip and are required to:

  • Wear a lift jacket (PFD) at all times when on the water
  • Be ready to launch at the agreed upon time
  • Pack the appropriate food & clothing to maintain an optimal level of comfort throughout the trip
  • Be able to maintain travel pace with the group throughout the trip


Basic Gear Checklist

  • Change of clothes
  • Rain Gear
  • Sun hat
Food & Drink
  • Water and/or Sports Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Extra Food/snacks
  • Thermos
  • Whistle, Knife
  • Lighter/Matches
  • First Aid Kit, Moleskin
  • Sunglasses (anti-glare, 100% UV block)
  • Sunscreen, Lip Balm
  • Repellent
  • Antihistamine (IE for wasp stings)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Toilet paper


We welcome expressions of interest and are always happy to discuss you joining in a paddling adventure.