Educational Workshops

Winter Camping 101: Hot Tenting

Have you ever thought about winter camping? Not sure where to start? Do you have questions about gear and logistics? Then this is the course for you! We will discuss the basics of winter camping (hot tenting with a portable wood burning stove), gear requirements, tent set-up and such. This one-hour educational workshop hosted at (TBD) will answer all the questions you may have about beginning to winter camp.

The Basics
Event Location: 
TO BE CONFIRMED
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour-ish
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone interested
Maximum Group Size: 
30 people
Minimum Group Size: 
5 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

**** DATE/ TIME / LOCATION TO BE CONFIRMED ****

Required Items to Bring: 

Water bottle
Notebook/cell phone

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

TBD

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

Ultra-lightweight hiking/canoeing/camping 101

Are you heading out for your first hiking or camping trip and confused about what you really need to bring? Are you worried about how you are going to carry all that gear? Or, are you a seasoned veteran who is serious about lightening the load? Then this course is for you! We will be exploring the basics of ultra-lightweight hiking/canoeing/camping techniques, where to start, how to be mindful with gear selection/purchasing and introduction to food dehydrating. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just beginning your camping journeys, this course has something for everyone.

The Basics
Event Location: 
TBD
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour-ish
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone interested
Maximum Group Size: 
30 people
Minimum Group Size: 
5 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

**** DATES AND TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED AT A LATER DATE ****

Required Items to Bring: 

Water bottle
Note book/cell phone

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

TBD

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

Wilderness First Aid Training Course

Rationale

There are many areas in Canada where 911 is not an avail­able option in response to a med­ical or trau­matic emer­gency. Weather, remote­ness and lim­ited equip­ment can poten­tially delay access to EMS. This places con­sid­er­able respon­si­bil­ity on the actions and deci­sion mak­ing of res­cuers/first respon­ders. The need for knowl­edge and skills beyond the scope of ‘stan­dard’ first aid is distinct.

This is a 2 day course that is designed specifically for answering the needs of people who like to partake in Wilderness adventures, whether it be canoeing, hiking, etc.

The program is divided between classroom and practical skills, utilizing scenarios and simulations to enhance learning and develop effective interventions and competent patient care.

See the 'Notes' section below for details about signing up for this course.

The Basics
Event Location: 
PC Cooking School Room, Loblaws, 2877 Bayview Ave., North York GTA
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Feb 23, 2020
Event Duration: 
2 days, sat/sun, 9 to 5 classes
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members and guests
Maximum Group Size: 
20
Minimum Group Size: 
10
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See CWMT website for more details.

Required Items to Bring: 

Comfy clothes ... you will be occasionally kneeling and practicing what you are learning.
All the food you need to eat during the day ... but I'm sure Loblaws would love to sell you their food too!
Notebook and writing utensils.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

A sunny disposition!

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

2877 Bayview Avenue. North York.

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
No refunds once you have signed up
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
iori miller
Phone: 
please contact by email

Winter Pool Training Sessions--Full

For all you new as well as experienced whitewater paddlers, we have rented Albert Campbell CI swimming pool in Scarborough again for winter pool training sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your paddling technique and your roll, or just plain work-out so you're in shape when you hit the spring rivers. OC-1, C-1, or kayaks welcome. If you are having problems with your roll, we can help you. We have 10 rentals of 1.5 hours each from Sunday January 5 to Sunday March 8.Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. For just $140 for your share of the rental cost, you can have a whole winter of learning and paddling fun. Please contact me to register as soon as possible as space is very limited.

Cheques should be payable to me as I'm paying the rental fee; not the club.

Sorry, but you can't register on-line. You have to contact me personally if you want to join in so I can manage the organization effectively. Thanks.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute Pool
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 17:30
Event Duration: 
Ten sessions of 1.5 hours each
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Get there about 5:20 so you're ready to hop in it at 5:30 to maximize your pool time. We must be finished and be out of the pool by 7:00 as a swim club has a rental starting at that time, and we need to make sure we don't hold them up.

Required Items to Bring: 

A CLEAN boat. Please be sure to remove any mud, sand, leaves, pine needles, old lunches, etc. from your canoe of kayak. Likewise, take off muddy boots at the door. The janitor and the swim club thatt has the rental following us become very irate if the deck is not left clean or there is detritus in the pool. Thanks.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to practice your roll, we recommend you bring your PFD, nose plugs, and goggles or swim mask. A light synthetic top like a rash guard can be good as the water is occasionally a little chilly. You can change in the change rooms, but there is no guard watching your things, so bring them out to the pool deck where they are safe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Pool is just northwest of Finch Avenue & McCowan Road in Scarborough. Get off HWY 401 at McCowan (At Scarborough Town Centre). Drive north on McCowan to Finch and turn left (west) onto Finch. You'll see Woodside Square Mall with Macdonald's on the northwest corner. Go west one block and turn right at the lights onto Sandhurst Circle. Go north about 100 meters, and you will see the school on your left. Keep going. The pool is at the north end of the building, where the parking lot is. Park here and carry your boat through the pool doors- super convenient access. Our rental starts at 5:30 pm, but normally the staff will let us in around ten minutes early, so you can get changed and ready to hop in your boat right at 5:30.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
x
Email: 

Winter Camping 101: Hot Tenting

Have you ever thought about winter camping? Not sure where to start? Do you have questions about gear and logistics? Then this is the course for you! We will discuss the basics of winter camping (hot tenting with a portable wood burning stove), gear requirements, tent set-up and such. This one-hour educational workshop hosted at MEC's North York location will answer all the questions you may have about beginning to winter camp.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC North York location-Community Room
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
November 27 or until full
Event Duration: 
1 hour-ish
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone interested
Maximum Group Size: 
30 people
Minimum Group Size: 
5 people
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Note book/smart phone

Refillable water bottle

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

MEC North York
784 Sheppard Ave E, North York, ON
M2K 1C3
(416) 221-0030

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

Unwrapping It: A Mini-Worshop on Boat Recovery for River Canoeists

 My paddling friend Yiu-Yin called me to say she has just taken a paddling course that included work on recovering broached canoes on the river. She suggested we get together to do some dry-land practice. We thought there might be other paddlers who would like to come along to see how various rope recovery systems are set up or get some hands-on practice.

For those of you who are new to the problems you could be facing if you broach a canoe in a rapid on a trip, we can have a discussion of the problems you will face, and the logistics, equipment and risks associated with recovering it and its cargo. It would be great if some experienced trippers who have been faced with such challenges came along to talk of their experiences, both good and bad so we can learn from them. We'll set up some progressively complicated mechanical advantage rope systems on my front lawn so participants can get hands-on practice. If someone has a vehicle with a towing eye or accessible frame structure, we can set up a Z-Drag and tow it up the street from a tree near the curb to demonstrate the leverage such systems can produce. If anyone wants to heat things ups, we can get into the classic debate on whether on river trips it is better to tie packs in, tether them, or leave them to float free if the canoe comes to grief.

This is an informal, interactive, hands-on skills-building experience that any canoe tripper will find useful. If you have nothing else planned for this Sunday morning, come join us for some rope-slinging fun that will bewilder my neighbours.

We will meet at my house in Scarborough at 9:30 am. And should wrap things up (pun intended) before noon.
Registered participants will be provided with my address.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Scarborough
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 09:30
Event Duration: 
Morning
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at my house. There is ample street parking.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to learn how to make prusik loops for pulley systems, bring a meter of rope.

Or if you have some unique boat recovery gear, bring it along for a show & tell.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Registered participants will receive my address and driving instructions.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Ultra-lightweight hiking/canoeing/camping 101

Are you heading out for your first hiking or camping trip and confused about what you really need to bring? Are you worried about how you are going to carry all that gear? Or, are you a seasoned veteran who is serious about lightening the load? Then this course is for you! We will be exploring the basics of ultra-lightweight hiking/canoeing/camping techniques, where to start, how to be mindful with gear selection/purchasing and introduction to food dehydrating. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just beginning your camping journeys, this course has something for everyone.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC North York location-Community Room
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 10
Event Duration: 
1 hour-ish
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone interested
Maximum Group Size: 
30 people
Minimum Group Size: 
5 people
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

None

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Water bottle and note pads/smart phones

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

MEC North York

Address: 784 Sheppard Ave E, North York, ON M2K 1C3
Phone: (416) 221-0030

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

Winter camping 101 (Hot Tenting)

Have you ever thought about winter camping? Not sure where to start? Do you have questions about gear and logistics? Then this is the course for you! We will discuss the basics of winter camping (hot tenting with a portable wood burning stove), gear requirements, tent set-up and such. This one-hour educational workshop hosted at MEC's North York location will answer all the questions you may have about beginning to winter camp.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC North York location-Community Room
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
November 17 or until full
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone interested
Maximum Group Size: 
30 people
Minimum Group Size: 
5 people
Itinerary
Recommended Items to Bring: 

Water bottle
Note book/smart phone

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

MEC North York
784 Sheppard Ave E, North York, ON M2K 1C3
Phone: (416) 221-0030

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

Winter Pool Training Sessions

 

For all you new and experienced whitewater paddlers, we have rented Albert Campbell CI swimming pool in Scarborough again for winter pool training sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your paddling technique and your roll, or just plain work-out so you're in shape when you hit the spring rivers. OC-1, C-1, or kayaks welcome. I have a few spare boats (open canoe, C-1, and kayak) for newbies or paddlers just wanting to try something different from their usual boat. They're available on a first come; first served basis. If you are having problems with your roll, we can help you. We have 10 rentals of 1.5 hours from Sunday January 6 to Sunday March 10.Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. For just $140 for your share of the rental cost, you can have a whole winter of learning and paddling fun. Please contact me to register as soon as possible as space is limited.

Cheques should be payable to me as I'm paying the rental fee; not the club.

Sorry, but you can't register on-line. You have to contact me personally if you want to join in so I can manage the organization effectively. Thanks.




The Basics
Event Location: 
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute Pool
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 17:30
Event Duration: 
Ten sessions of 1.5 hours each.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Get there about 5:20 so you're ready to hop in it at 5:30 to maximize your pool time. We must be finished and be out of the pool by 7:00 as a swim club has a rental starting at that time, and we need to make sure we don't hold them up.

Required Items to Bring: 

A CLEAN boat. Please be sure to remove any mud, sand, leaves, pine needles, old lunches, etc. from your canoe of kayak. Likewise, take off muddy boots at the door. The janitor and the swim club thatt has the rental following us become very irate if the deck is not left clean or there is detritus in the pool. Thanks.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

If you want to practice your roll, we recommend you bring your PFD, nose plugs, and goggles or swim mask. A light synthetic top like a rash guard can be good as the water is occasionally a little chilly. You can change in the change rooms, but there is no guard watching your things, so bring them out to the pool deck where they are safe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Pool is just northwest of Finch Avenue & McCowan Road in Scarborough. Get off HWY 401 at McCowan (At Scarborough Town Centre). Drive north on McCowan to Finch, and turn left (west) onto Finch. You'll see Woodside Square Mall with Macdonald's on the northwest corner. Go west one block,and turn right at the lights onto Sandhurst Circle. Go north about 100 meters, and you will see the school on your left. Keep going. The pool is at the north end of the building, where the parking lot is. Park here and carry your boat through the pool doors- super convenient access. Our rental starts at 5:30 pm, but normally the staff will let us in around ten minutes early, so you can get changed and ready to hop in your boat right at 5:30.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Wilderness First Aid Course- FULL

update - March 15, 2018

The course on March 24-25 is full
If you are still interested in taking a Wilderness First Aid Course, but couldn't make this date
There is a chance to sign up on at the www.cwmt.ca website
I arranged for WCA members a 10% discount as a WCA member.
Please contact Emmy

Update - March 7, 2018
it is a definite go, the course,
get your 50 dollar discount - contact Emmy
So if you waited, please join us
Sign up is extended till March 20th
Wilderness First Aid Course OVERVIEW
This 2-day skills based program represents the minimum standard of training for the outdoor leader, instructor, guide or recreational adventurer. It provides a practical perspective on dealing with common wilderness injuries through to life threatening situations.

The program is divided between classroom and practical skills, utilizing scenarios and simulations to enhance learning and develop effective interventions and competent patient care.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Aurora
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
March 20, 2018
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All outdoor enthousiasts
Maximum Group Size: 
30
Minimum Group Size: 
10
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Jim, the instructor is also an enthusiastic paddler and outdoor person.
A wilderness first aid course, what to do when EMT is not close by, what are the priorities when you are in the wilderness.

You need to sign up HERE and at the CWMT website
Cost is $225
https://cwmt.ca/schedule-and-course-descriptions/public-course-schedule....

and if you contact me, I can give you a promo code for a reduced price for this course as a valid WCA member

If you can't make it on March 24th and 25th, there is an option to participate on May 12th and 13th In Alliston.

The CWMT has other courses also available, but not for the reduced price for our club, these are public courses

Required Items to Bring: 

more info to follow

Recommended Items to Bring: 

more info to follow

email is send out with information

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Aurora,
Bloomington/Bathurst Area
email is send out with directions

Carpool Info: 

if you need to carpool, contact Emmy
and she;ll try to get people info to carpool

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
once signed up you are responsible for cost of the course if participants are less then 10
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
NA
Email: 
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