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

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Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Monthly Meeting
Friday, October 30th, 2020 - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Towing Clinic
Saturday, October 31st, 2020 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Basic
Saturday, October 31st, 2020 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 1
Saturday, October 31st, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Spirit Bay to Becher Bay clockwise to Movie Set beach Paddle
Sunday, November 01st, 2020 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 1 - Part 2
Saturday, November 14th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Gonzales Beach Paddle
Saturday, November 28th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Pedder Bay to Bentinck Island (inside route) Paddle
Tuesday, December 01st, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Senanus Island and area Paddle
Saturday, December 05th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Cadboro Bay tour Paddle
Sunday, December 13th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Oak Bay Marina - Parking Lot to Chatham and Discovery Islands Paddle
Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Monthly Meeting
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 November 2020 Meeting

by Fred Pishalski
Please come join us for our November 25, 2020 monthly meeting. This will be a Zoom meeting (see below) ..... Our speaker will be former SISKA President, Mike Jackson, who will share his experience helping to clean up parts of BC rugged West coast.

Cleaning up the Great Bear Rainforest

Michael Jackson has recently returned from a six-week expedition to the outer islands of the Great Bear Rainforest where he was assistant expedition leader for a fleet of nine small tour vessels which managed to clean up 127 tones of marine debris. You may have read an Introduction to this project in the Times Colonist. For his fellow SISKA members, Mike will talk about what makes the Great Bear Rainforest special and about the unique debris cleanup project.

Michael Jackson Bio

Michael Jackson has been a Victoria resident since 1986 when he took up a position teaching science at St Michaels University School (recently retired). He is a founding director and past president of SISKA as well as an active paddle leader and instructor for the club. In his spare time over the years, he worked as a naturalist and expedition leader for several companies in Canada and the US ? from the Arctic to the Galapagos to the Antarctic. Mike wrote one of the leading natural history guidebooks to the Galapagos Islands (1986,1997), a destination he travels to frequently as a guide, most recently to the Islands in February. He was in the Antarctic for much of the past winter and the Arctic in the summer of 2019.

Mike has been leading trips on the BC and Southeast Alaska coasts for six years with Victoria company Maple Leaf Adventures. During that time, he has had the fortune to show guests the natural and cultural wonders of Haida Gwaii, Southeast Alaska and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Zoom Meeting Info

Topic: SISKA Monthly Meeting
Time: Nov 25, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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$50 Siska Subsidy For First Aid Certification/Recertification

by Alan Campbell
To encourage our members to take a First Aid course, or to recertify and keep their current certification valid, SISKA will provide a $50 subsidy to those completing a basic, advanced, or wilderness first aid course. Simply enroll with the course and organization of your choice and email to confirm when you have completed it successfully.
Numerous accredited trainers are available in the Victoria area including Alert First-Aid, Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance and several community recreation centres, through which a variety of courses are scheduled at different times.
In order to manage this new program, we have set aside $1,000 in our 2020 budget at this time, and will re-evaluate it once the first 20 members have claimed a subsidy.
So…don’t delay, sign up for a first aid course today!

Five SISKA Members Earn Paddle Canada Level 1 Certification!

by Alan Campbell

Congrats to those who took the Paddle Canada Level 1 Course Sat Oct 24 and Sun Oct 25!
Val Chater, Kirstine Murdoch, Bob McKechnie, Lawrie Spooner and Christophe Peschard.
Kudos are also due to their instructors, Mike Jackson, Jennie Sutton and Brad Wipp, all of whom participated in SISKA’s first Zoom-based classroom session on Saturday morning.