Huli Technique Reminder

Huli Technique Reminder (training video mahalo Charles Hamper)


An OC6 can go over for many reasons. Too much weight on the right, wind, rough seas, or mistakes made by the sterns. Knowing how to rescue your canoe and paddlers is required within the first year of a new crew and practiced yearly by all experienced crews. Each crew will have different types of bodies in their canoes and so it is not always ideal to have set seats doing set jobs in the recovery. Each crew is encouraged to develop their own set of roles for their paddlers that make the recovery as efficient and quick as possible. However, for the purposes of instruction, we will assume certain seats perform certain roles.

Clubhouse Rebuild

Clubhouse Rebuild

The ORPC clubhouse was suffering from 20+ years on the water and the floor had a 12″ buckle in it deeming the building unsafe. The only way the club could see to rectify the situation was to purchase a ready made float at considerable cost and…

Point Hope Maritime Held an Open House, Sunday Oct 15th

Point Hope Maritime’s Open House – Oct 15th
Point Hope Maritime hosted an Open House on Sunday October 15th noon to 3pm to share information about their proposed graving dock.

It is of vital importance that all community members be informed about this exciting new project that will enhance the waterside view of their shipyard which we understand will not be intruding or negatively impacting upon the paddling community.

Bridges 2017 – Cancelled

Bridges Race 2017 Cancelled

Due to construction of our new clubhouse and boat storage, we are forced to cancel Bridges this year; but, we’ll be back bigger and better next year … and there might even be a new bridge!

We apologize for any inconvenience this late notice may cause to those of you who have already registered.

ORPC Paddlers win Dragon Boat Gold

ORPC Paddlers win Dragon Boat Gold
Congratulations to, Rita den Otter, Lise Bugeaud and Patti Cross, members of the Ocean River Paddling Club who won GOLD and BRONZE at the Canadian National Dragon boat Championships in Welland, Ontario this August while paddling with the Vancouver Island Paddling’s Gorging Dragons. This fantastic result has qualified VI Paddling Gorging Dragons for next year’s Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary in July of 2018.

Additionally, these three women paddled on the GOLD Medal, Platinum A Final, Mixed, Women’s and 1500 meter Guts and Glory teams at the Victoria Dragon boat Festival this past weekend in Victoria. VI Paddling won the Bronze medal as well in the Women’s Division with a second women’s team.

If you are a woman aged 50+ or 60+ or a man aged 60+ and would like to try out to be part of a Dragon Boat crew that will compete for the podium in the World Club Crew Championships in Szeged, Hungary you should contact president@vipaddling.com.

And of course, if you are already a Dragon Boat paddler and wish to bridge your paddling experience and stay fit through the winter, then contact info@orpc.ca

Island Changes 2017 RESULTS

Island Changes Race RESULTS
20 km Wet Changes
VYPC – 1:48:58
ORPC – Kona – 1:50:24

30 km Wet Changes
FGPC -Wahinis – 3:46:25

30 km Dry Changes
ORPC – Hula – 3:40:26

40 km wet changes
Lotus – 3:45:41

Ocean River Paddling Club would like to thank the following for making this weekend possible:

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Partnership in Safety

Victoria Harbour From the Pilot’s Perspective
The attached Canada Flight Supplement for Victoria Harbour mirrors the Marine Scheme with some differences.

One rule, for example, is that planes are to avoid coming within 50 m (165′) of watercraft. Although if they do infringe that distance, they can and probably will argue aviation safety. its just good to know what the rules are. it is also good for a paddler to be aware of exactly where the runways are located.

The last thing we want is to create a conflict for an airplane with a load of passengers. Airplanes must land relatively into and take off into wind. It is interesting to watch the pilot’s coming in to land. In many cases they land down wind or cross wind due to the constraints of the runway directions Once committed, they may not be able to maneuver out of your way should you stray into their path. You may find out exactly why they refer to kayaks and canoes as speed bumps. Click this link to DOWNLOAD the Victoria Harbour Aviation map

The Restrictions on page 2 in the download have highlighted sections that you may find interesting.

Island Changes Race 2017

Island Changes Race 2017

ORPC is once again proudly hosting Island Changes.  This Vancouver Island Change race  is growing in popularity due to the warm welcoming of the local community just as are the warm waters of beautiful Sproat Lake.
This race provides fun and challenges to both skilled paddlers and novices alike. This race offers a short course of 22 km as well as the long course of 44 km. Check back here regularly as more information will be added as we get closer to the August race date.
 To communicate with the race director, click this link: Island Changes race director

2017 Registration Waiver and Code of Conduct

2017 Registration Waiver and Code of Conduct Published
All members must sign the 2017 Registration Waiver and the Code of Conduct published on this site. You may go to the menu item <Membership/Code of Conduct> to pre-read the Code of Conduct.

Download the PDF version of the 2017 Waiver and Code of Conduct here. These documents must be included with your Spring 2017 registration. A reminder that CORA fees must also be paid.