Mike Gilbert is the guest speaker at the Comox Valley Paddlers' Club's November meeting.

Mike Gilbert is the guest speaker at the Comox Valley Paddlers' Club's November meeting.

Mike Gilbert guest speaker at Comox Valley Paddlers’ Club November meeting

The Comox Valley Paddlers’ Club welcomes Mike Gilbert, president and B.C. director of Paddle Canada, as the guest speaker at their November meeting.

Gilbert was born and raised in Montreal and spent his summers exploring the rivers, lakes and farmlands of the Eastern Townships by rowboat and kayak. After leaving university he moved west and ended up settling in Vancouver.

With a growing family he spent a lot of time at ice rinks coaching hockey. He achieved his National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) qualifications and has coached at the provincial level. On making the decision to leave the hockey arena Gilbert found he had more time available, which he channelled towards sea kayaking.

He now instructs and coaches year round throughout the province and his paddling certifications include: Paddle Canada Level 4 Skills, Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor, Paddle Canada Rolling Instructor and VHF Marine Radio Instructor.

His company, BC Kayak Centre, provides Paddle Canada certification courses, clinics and related classes. He became Paddle Canada’s director for B.C. in 2013 and in 2015 was voted in by the board for a three-year term as president.

The presentation will be in two parts. Part one will cover the PaddleSmart program; what it is and how it came about. Gilbert will expand on specific topics relevant to coastal paddlers. He will also extend an invitation to those interested in becoming a PaddleSmart trainer or instructor. Part two will provide information and background on Paddle Canada: current issues, what has happened in the recent past and its three-year vision and direction.

The event starts at 7 p.m. sharp, Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Lion’s Den, 1729 Comox Ave., Comox (Nordin Street, behind the Pearl Ellis Art Gallery). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a short club business meeting followed by the presentation.  The event is free of charge and open to non-members. Anybody with an interest in developing their canoe, kayak or SUP skills is welcome.

CVPC winter meetings take place the first Thursday of the month, October through to May. Paddling enthusiasts can learn more about club events and activities at the meetings.

 

For more information e-mail comoxpaddlers@gmail.com, visit comoxvalleypaddlers.ca or check out our Facebook page. Further information on Paddle Canada is available at paddlecanada.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

G.P. Vanier in Courtenay has six members of the community who have tested positive; Island Health identified seven staff and 78 students who will be required to self-isolate. Black Press file photo
SD71 identifies eight positive cases of COVID-19 and instructs 108 people to self-isolate

The letter noted that all who have tested positive did not contract COVID-19 within the school sites

Geoff Garbutt takes over as City of Courtenay CAO on April 14. Photo supplied
Courtenay council selects new city CAO

A new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) will be joining the City of… Continue reading

Two vehicles collided Wednesday morning north of Courtenay on the Old Island Highway. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Two-car MVA north of Courtenay

Accident took place after 7 a.m. on the Old Island Highway

COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)
Comox Valley COVID spike the result of ‘a series of multiple social gatherings’

North Island Medical Health Officer Dr. Charmaine Enns says the recent spike… Continue reading

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The Town of Comox will formally examine speeding within the town. Black Press file photo
Comox to examine speeding within town

Following discussions at various council meetings, Comox council will formally examine speeding… Continue reading

A male customer without a face mask is seen inside a Burnaby Canadian Tire amidst an altercation with store security and staff members. (Video/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Man arrested after allegedly punching Burnaby Canadian Tire staff over mask rule

Mounties received reports Monday of a customer having punched more than one employee

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

A conceptual drawing of the preferred conveyance route for the Comox Valley Sewer Service.
Preferred conveyance route chosen for Comox Valley Sewer Service

The Comox Valley Sewage Commission approved a plan Tuesday to upgrade the… Continue reading

Most Read