SISKA's June 2020 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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June 2020 SISKA Newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>,

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)
PS: You can find SISKA on Facebook at this link.

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

Sunday, May 31st, 2020 - 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Island View Beach to D'Arcy Island Paddle
Saturday, June 06th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Spirit Bay to Becher Bay clockwise to Movie Set beach Paddle
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Telegraph Cove Paddle
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Mackenzie Bight Paddle
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Oak Bay Marina - Parking Lot to Gonzales Bay Paddle
Saturday, June 27th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Moses Point to Russel Island Paddle
Saturday, June 27th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Telegraph Cove to Cormorant Point Paddle
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - VCKC Clubhouse to Portage Inlet 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

Small Group Club Paddles to Resume May 30

by Alan Campbell
All SISKA Members
It has been more than two months since our many club activities were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the coronavirus continues to pose a risk to all of us, Vancouver Islanders along with other British Columbians have worked hard to reduce the number of new cases to a level at which, it has been determined that some activities and services may now be redesigned and resumed.
Since Public Health authorities are beginning to permit the cautious resumption of recreation and other activities, we are pleased to announce that small group paddles will be offered for your participation beginning May 30th. You will see these listed on the website as soon as they are organized.
While we are delighted to resume club paddling, it is most important to emphasize our collective responsibility to stay vigilant and avoid the spread of the coronavirus in our communities. 
Please carefully review the sea kayaking safety guidelines appended below. They are intended to promote Covid-safe paddling during the continuing pandemic. SISKA will closely monitor these paddles and evolving guidance from public health authorities and will adjust the guidelines as required.
Please enjoy our beautiful coast and stay safe!

Alan Campbell
President, SISKA
Guidelines for SISKA Paddles during the Covid-19 Pandemic
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, we must all be aware of the need to self-isolate at home if we are feeling unwell, have had contact with a symptomatic individual in the past 2 weeks, or have arrived from outside the province. Even if we are apparently well, we must maintain the prescribed social distance (2m) from others whenever and wherever we are outside our homes. In addition, of course, we should frequently and thoroughly wash our hands, avoid touching our face and routinely disinfect high-contact surfaces.
As active sea kayakers we maintain our health and fitness partly through regular paddling, so the following guidelines are intended to ensure that we abide by the direction of our public health authorities to minimize the risk of contagion and maintain the required physical distancing.
SISKA paddles should be:
  • Planned in locations with sufficient space to permit required distancing
  • Planned to minimize the likelihood of adverse conditions
  • Limited to no more than 6 paddlers in total, including the paddle leader
All paddlers, except for those living in the same household, should:
  • Avoid carpooling.
  • Wear gloves to assist with 2-person kayak carries.
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer to maintain personal hygiene
  • Bring and use disinfectant to clean surfaces as required (eg. kayak carry handles)
  • Carry their own gear between their vehicle and the water.
  • Enter and exit their kayak without assistance.
  • Not share food or beverages.
  • Maintain 2 meters distance from others
    • before and after the paddle
    • during launchings and landings
    • during any rest/lunch break
    • while on the water, unless involved in an emergency
  • Not congregate after the paddle, unless a short outdoor debrief is required.

Some SISKA Partners are Resuming Services

 by Alan Campbell
As BC begins to slowly expand activities during this Covid-19 pandemic, some of our SISKA Kayak Skills Partners are gradually resuming their services. 
Check out these links to see what is available:
Blue Dog Kayaking:
In addition, there is a 2 for 1 offer on Level 1 Paddle Canada courses in June.

Go Kayak:

Ocean River Sports:

Pacifica Paddlesports:


Trip Reports

Cadboro Bay to Cattle Point - May 30, 2020
by Alan Campbell
A Somewhat Relaxed Small-Group Paddle from Cadboro Bay to Cattle Point - May 30, 2020
This was a first small-group paddle, limited to 6 SISKA club members, including the paddle leader.
There was no problem with appropriate Covid distancing at the long beach off Gyro Park…
Billed as a “very relaxed, relaxed paddle” it was a little more exciting than anticipated to begin! The formerly light winds in Cadboro Bay increased just as we launched at 10 am and created some bouncy chop as we made our way carefully along the 10 Mile Point coast to Flower Island. As the wind had dropped by that time, we crossed to the Oak Bay shore and noodled our way to a pocket beach near the north boat ramp at Cattle Point. Here we landed for a break, again maintaining good separation while we enjoyed something to eat and drink.
We had a pleasantly calm paddle back along the Oak Bay shore to Loon Bay, RVYC and Gyro Park again. Altogether we had a delightful 4.5 nm paddle and avoided rain except for a few stray drops here and there. We all agreed that it was great to get out on the water for some exercise and to enjoy the beauty that is happily all around us here on Vancouver Island!

Tips from the trips

by Debbie Leach
DAY TRIPPER, YEAH! Keep items from sliding to the ends of your boat, by stuffing bubble wrap in first. Air out compartments from time to time to prevent mildew build-up.
Cheers, Debbie

Camp Cookery

by Lynn Baier & Heather Jones
Big thanks to Heather Jones for this recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, but Heather says it travels in hatches well and it sounds delicious.

Peanut Butter bars
 350 degrees    12 mins .. makes about 7 bars

 1 egg                                1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
 1/2 c. peanut butter           1/2 c. rolled oats
 1t vanilla                            1/2 c. brown sugar
 1T of Maple syrup              1t. baking powder
                                           1/2 t. salt
                                           1/4 c. chocolate chips
 Whisk egg and mix in the wet ingredients in small bowl.
 Mix dry ingredients in medium sized bowl.
 Mix Wet into dry
 Roll into 1 inch round and 4 " long rolls... pat rolls onto cookie sheet creating rectangles which are 1/2 inch deep. you can use a rubber spatula to shape them on the pan.
 "If your hands get too mucky, just wet them and the dough won't stick". ( I've added a bit of oat flour or more oats to the mix if it's too wet )..
 Bake until light brown.....  and cool on racks...  These bars should be firm on the outside but softer and chewy inside... a good bar for kayak camping as it holds together well and can be wrapped and eaten like a granola bar!.
 This recipe can be easily doubled and is likely more practical
 P.S... I tried baking them in a square cake pan like a brownie but it didn't turn out as good as I had to bake them longer... also cutting them into rectangles after baking made them more fragile than shaping them into rectangles before baking..
 Cheers!... Heather

Cold Water Safety

by Dorothea Hoffman
Article HERE