Slo Mo Paddlers

Welcome to the Slo Mo Paddling activities

Manager(s):  Cormack Gates
Phone Numbers: Joan at 250.248.1292 and Cormack at 250.752.1129
Location:  Lakes, Ocean and Rivers around Oceanside
Cost per Game:  All free!
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Slo-Mo Paddlers is an organized activity of the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (P.G.O.S.A.). It was formed in 2013 to promote interest in paddling, to foster friendships among participants, and to provide opportunities to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Three Managers coordinate communications and events. Planned excursions are typically day-trips organized by a volunteer Event Leader who is designated by the Managers. One or more multi-day trips may also be scheduled. Excursions can involve cruising, exploring, camping, fishing, or skill development, depending on the interests of participants. Fresh or salt-water paddling events are undertaken. Address email inquires to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paddling craft: canoes, kayaks, or rowboats capable of keeping pace with the paddling group during an
event. A motorized watercraft may accompany the group for safety.
Water safety: Water safety is paramount. Transport Canada requires paddlers to carry certain safety items
depending on the type and length of your craft and where and when you are paddling. For the safety of
individual participants and all members of a paddling group, all participants are requested to have this
equipment on their craft, and to carry a change of seasonally appropriate clothes in a dry bag. Stay with
your paddling group and heed directions from the designated Event Leader. Individuals are responsible for
their own safety, for learning kayaking and canoeing skills appropriate for the waters being paddled, for
learning first aid and how to handle emergencies, and for knowing relevant provincial and federal boating
regulations. For information about required equipment, regulations or guidelines refer to:
https://aceboater.com/en/canoes-kayaks-rowboats-rowing-shells (This site is accredited by Transport
Canada)
http://www.canoekayakbc.ca/marathon/safety
https://www.mec.ca/en/explore/mandatory-paddling-gear/
http://www.kayakcrusades.ca/kayak-safety.htm
www.paddling.about.com/od/safetyprecautions/a/kayaking_safety.htm
Depending on your craft and the location of the paddling event you may need any or all of the following
items: an approved PFD; sound signaling device; heaving line; bailer or pump; flashlight; flares; compass;
spare paddle, knife, first aid kit; float bags; emergency food and drinking water. Consider that non-metal
boats are invisible on the radar systems of larger boats. In high traffic waters or in restricted visibility (fog)
you might want a GPS and a radio to advise bigger boats of your location.
Slo-Mo Paddlers membership: Participants in paddling events must be a registered member of P.G.O.S.A.
The web address for P.G.O.S.A. is www.pgosa.org. You will find a membership form there and instructions
for joining P.G.O.S.A. To register in Slo-Mo Paddlers send your name, current P.G.O.S.A. membership
number, and email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Event schedule: A list of events will be developed in February and made available to participants
through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The schedule will be updated as the season progresses, with updates
circulated to registered participants. Events are scheduled at approximately two-week intervals during May
through October and may be scheduled during shoulder seasons (March, April and November) depending
on weather. All events are planned in consideration of tides and weather. As a contingency for windy
conditions, a backup trip may be posted for events planned for the ocean or large lakes. Weather conditions
will be evaluated a day or two in advance of each event. If conditions are unfavorable managers will advise
paddlers of any change in the destination or schedule. Paddlers should always check their email for notices
before they leave home on the day of scheduled events.
Contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Managers: Joan Knight (250-248-1292), Cormack
Gates (250-752-1129).

 

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