SISKA's August 2021 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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August 2021 SISKA Newsletter


Dear Tony,

Thanks to those members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider sending a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. If you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

Alan Campbell (SISKA president) and Tony Playfair (editor)

Siska now has it's own Youtube channel HERE
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PPS: SISKA has a Meetup site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. For more details, go to To join this, you have to be a club member.

PPPS: You can find the SISKA newsletter archive here:

Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

Saturday, August 14th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Moses Point to Russell Island Paddle
Thursday, August 26th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Cooper Cove to Roche Cove Paddle
Saturday, August 28th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Island View Beach to James Island Circumnavigation Paddle
Saturday, September 11th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Mackenzie Bight Paddle
Sunday, September 12th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Spectacle Falls Paddle
Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Senanus Island and area Paddle
Saturday, September 25th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Spirit Bay to Movie Set Beach Paddle
Sunday, September 26th, 2021 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Whiffin Spit to Cabin Point Paddle
For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

These events are not formally supported by SISKA, but considered to be of interest to a significant number of our members.

Any member may request an event to be included in this section by sending a note to

SISKA and Covid-19 Precautions - BC Restart Plan, Step 3 (as of July 1, 2021)

by Alan Campbell
Yahoo!! As part of Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, Covid-19 restrictions have been significantly eased!
As of July 27, 2021, over 80% of eligible people in BC have been vaccinated once, and over 60% have been vaccinated twice. It is evident that the great majority of new cases in BC are among those who have either not yet been vaccinated at all or have had just one dose so far. We strongly encourage all SISKA members to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible to protect yourselves, fellow paddlers, friends, families, and communities. BC Public Health now recommends, but does not require, masks for indoor spaces, and recognizes that some, even if fully vaccinated for more than 2-3 weeks, may wish to continue to mask indoors and outdoors when 2m distance cannot be maintained.
Small group limits imposed on SISKA-led paddles during earlier phases of the pandemic have now been removed and paddle numbers are again left as usual to the discretion of the responsible club leaders.
To reflect the new provincial direction our Covid-19 paddling guidelines have been amended as below:
SISKA’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Paddling at Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan
As active sea kayakers we maintain our health and fitness partly through regular paddling. The following guidelines have been amended to follow the direction of our public health authorities at Step 3.
  • group numbers will be set by the paddle leader
  • Face masks may be used by individual paddlers if/as desired
At the discretion of individual paddlers, rides, carrying of kayaks and gear, entering, and exiting kayaks, food and/or beverages may be shared. The use of hand sanitizer for contagion control and maintenance of 2m distance from others may continue for those not fully vaccinated and/or those who wish to do so.
NOTE: Participants should still only attend paddles if they can answer NO to each of these questions:
In the past 14 days, have you:
1.  experienced any symptoms related to COVID-19?
2.  travelled outside Canada?
3.  had contact with anyone travelling outside Canada, or with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who has experienced symptoms related to COVID-19?

Upcoming Courses

by Jo Nicolson

Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills – For SISKA Members

Coaches Jo Nicolson and Michael Egilson are offering PC Level 2 on the Labour Day long weekend: September 3 – 6, 2021. This course includes one night of camping.

Building on the skills developed in Level 1, Level 2 refines existing skills and adds new ones allowing the paddler to handle more challenging sea conditions with comfort and confidence.

If interested or for more information, email Jo at or Michael at

Tips from the trips

by Debbie Leach
TENT POLE FAIL? Bring along pole repair sleeves (or spare tent pegs for splits), zap straps and replacement cord. Duct tape and locking pliers also help. Google how to repair poles and replace cord before you go.

Camp Cookery

by Lynn Baier

Here’s a recipe for Pad Thai that I stumbled upon. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks excellent and easy.


1/4 cup tamarind paste
1/4 cup fish sauce
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp brown sugar

Mix together and dry to a leather

Pad Thai:

1 cup rice noodles
A handful of dehydrated shredded cabbage and carrots
1/3 of sauce above
1/4 cup tofu
1 Tbsp peanut butter

Pour boiling water over all. Soak for about 10 minutes (this is my guess). Add:

1 tsp each true lime, garlic and cilantro