THE CLUB WITH THE OHANA SPIRIT

Vancouver Ocean Sports is a not-for-profit society started for the sole purpose of providing an inclusive paddling venue for people with all levels of ability and skill. VOS is now over a decade old and one of the fastest growing clubs in BC. We are a club for the community offering kayak, SUP and surf ski memberships along with beginner, recreational and competitive paddling courses for outrigger canoe racing.

In Hawaiian Ohana means family. When you join VOS you become part of our family, where we improve together and no one gets left behind. 

You don't have to give up all your other life commitments to enjoy paddling.
Paddle when you want to and choose how hard you want to go.


TEAM

A`ohe hana nui ka alu’ia
No task is too big when done together

Vancouver Ocean Sports has an experienced team of coaches and directors whose aim is to make sure you get the most out of your membership.

We work hard to create a team environment that is inclusive and united, while providing the opportunity to excel in sport and life.

+ Directors

Ryan
Founder; Former President

Trevor
Club President

Aileen
Vice President

Steve
Past President; Storage Director

Jim
Fleet / Compound Maintenance

Dianna
Secretary; Membership Director

Kelli
Communications Director

Nick
Assistant Coach; Compound Maintenance

Sharon
Treasurer

+ Coaches

Trevor

Beginner / Intermediate Level Courses

Trevor has a long history in both dragon boat and outrigger paddling. Trevor has always been known for his fun factor when coaching paddlers. He is motivating and passionate about racing. His motto is: “Doesn’t matter how you finish, as long as you look good!” Trevor coaches our beginner and intermediate/recreational level paddlers.

Sean

Race Development

Sean has been involved in the sport of canoeing and kayaking for over 12 years. In addition to provincial and national team endeavors in Canada, he was also a triple gold medalist with the Junior National Team in Japan and a bronze medalist in the 2009 Canada Games. Sean coaches our Race Development program which is open to all paddlers with a minimum one season of outrigger paddling.

Jim

Introduction to Outrigging

In some form or another, Jim has been involved in paddling for twenty plus years. His passion for paddling led him to sign up for the courses required to give him official standing as a coach; he is NCCP Level II certified.

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Equipment + Programs

 
 

Being a VOS Member means having full access to an amazing variety of paddling programs and equipment.
We currently offer programs at beginner, intermediate and competitive levels for OC (1, 2, 6), Kayak (Solo, Tandem), SUP and Surf Ski.  

Outrigger Canoe

• Full access to OC fleet (OC 1, 2, 6)
• Full access to introductory and competitive training programs
• Opportunity to join weekly practice sessions

+ OC6 Program

Our OC6 Program provides an inclusive paddling venue for people with all levels of skill and ability: beginner, recreational and competitive. Previous paddling experience is an asset, but not a necessity. Sign Up!

+ Race Development

For the competitive paddler and those members with at least one year paddling experience, looking to improve their skills, VOS offers a Race Development Program which includes both on and off the water training programs. Sign Up!

+ Introduction to Outrigging

This program is available only when there is sufficient interest as we require a minimum of four, preferably five, participants to hold an Intro program. The program consists of 5-6 sessions which typically commence the first Sunday of the month, followed by 4-5 consecutive weekday evening sessions. The first intro session of the year generally takes place in April or May, depending on the demand.

However, if you are already familiar with paddling (i.e. dragon boats, kayaking, etc.) and don’t require an introduction, or if you are keen to try outrigging and don’t want to wait for an intro program, you are welcome to come out and join our regular practices. An experienced paddler will be available to mentor and assist you in settling in with the club and the practices. There will be no charge for the first two practices. If at the end of the trial period you wish to continue paddling with the Club, you will be required to choose the membership that best suits your needs and submit the appropriate payment along with the completed membership and waiver forms. When an intro course schedule has been established, you can also participate in a formal Intro program to improve what you’ve learned. Email vosintrocourse@gmail.com for more information or Sign Up!

+ Practices

Effective February 28, 2015, the OC6 practice schedule will be Mondays at 6:30 pm (on water) and Saturdays at 9:00 am (on water); participants should plan on arriving at the compound a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the time noted. The Monday sessions are coached between March and November; generally Saturdays and winter sessions are self- coached. Race Development practices take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (on water). These sessions are open to all OC paddlers with a minimum of one season paddling experience and are coached two Wednesdays and one Saturday per month.

+Small Boats (OC1, OC2)

Although the Club does not have a specific small boat program, they are often used during scheduled practice sessions. The VOS fleet of small boats is also available for use ONLY by Annual members outside of practice times, on a first come, first served basis. Participation in a small boat orientation session is mandatory prior to using any of the Club’s small boats. Seasonal members (summer/winter) may only use the small boats during scheduled practices, as directed by a coach.

*Please note that experience with paddling in local waters and self-rescue must be each member's responsibility.
Information regarding safe usage of equipment, reporting damage, emergency procedures and club rules can be found in the Membership Package

Kayak

• Self-run program*; Full access to Kayak fleet (solo, tandem) at members' own convenience
• Secure storage for personal kayak
• Opportunity to test out different models before purchasing
• Overnight trips can be arranged if pre-booked with club management

• Please note Kayaks must be paddled out from our compound at Burrard Marina

+ Overnight Trips

The MEC kayaks are available for overnight trips, but must be pre-booked with Club management by sending an e-mail to vosoutrigger@gmail.com with the dates you would like to book the kayak. The cost for overnight excursions or day trips away from the compound is $20 per evening/day; only 20% of the fleet is available for off-site use. Once off-site use is approved, put the relevant fee in an envelope, marked “off-site kayak booking”, include your name, phone number, the boat number and the date, and drop the envelope into the gold mail slot on the director’s shed which is to the left of the blue container. As the kayaks are not covered under the Club’s insurance when off-site, you are 100% responsible for the cost of replacement or any damage repair incurred while the boat is in your possession.

+ Offsite / Guest Usage

If you wish to bring a guest paddler kayaking, there is a $10 fee and your guest must complete day membership and waiver forms for insurance purposes. These forms are located in the paddler’s cabin in a binder labeled “Forms”. The completed forms and fee can be put through the mail slot in the shed to the left of the blue trailer.

*Please note that experience with paddling in local waters and self-rescue must be each member's responsibility as this program does not provide any coaching or supervision. The equipment is accessed on a first come, first served basis; currently the number of boats is greater than the number of members so availability is not an issue. 

Stand Up Paddle

• Self-run program*
• Full access to SUP fleet at members' own convenience
• Secure storage for personal SUP
• Opportunity to test out different models before purchasing

• Please note SUPs must be paddled out from our compound at Burrard Marina

+ Offsite / Guest Usage

Because of the limited number and high demand, the stand up paddle boards MAY NOT be taken offsite

If you wish to bring a guest paddler for stand up paddle boarding, there is a $10 fee and your guest must complete day membership and waiver forms for insurance purposes. These forms are located in the paddler’s cabin in a binder labeled “Forms”. The completed forms and fee can be put through the mail slot in the shed to the left of the blue trailer.

*Please note that experience with paddling in local waters and self-rescue must be each member's responsibility as this program does not provide any coaching or supervision. The equipment is accessed on a first come, first served basis; currently the number of boats is greater than the number of members so availability is not an issue. 

Surf Ski

 

• Self-run program*
• Full access to Surf Ski fleet at members' own convenience
• Secure storage for personal Surf Ski
• Opportunity to test out different models before purchasing

• Please note Surf Skis must be paddled out from our compound at Burrard Marina

+ Offsite / Guest Usage

Because of the limited number and high demand, the surf skis MAY NOT be taken offsite

If you wish to bring a guest paddler for surf skiing, there is a $10 fee and your guest must complete day membership and waiver forms for insurance purposes. These forms are located in the paddler’s cabin in a binder labeled “Forms”. The completed forms and fee can be put through the mail slot in the shed to the left of the blue trailer.

*Please note that experience with paddling in local waters and self-rescue must be each member's responsibility as this program does not provide any coaching or supervision. The equipment is accessed on a first come, first served basis; currently the number of boats is greater than the number of members so availability is not an issue. 

Compound

Vancouver Ocean Sports is located in downtown Vancouver; we paddle out of the Burrard Civic Marina just below the southwest end of Burrard Street Bridge. From this vantage point we can paddle in the protected waters of False Creek or choose the more challenging waters of the Burrard Inlet.

The VOS compound is across from Vanier Park, on the right hand side as you drive down Whyte Ave. towards the Burrard Coast Guard Station.

We are the closest compound to the water.

 

Join The VOS Team!

There are several ways to join the VOS team. 
You can become a member, sponsor, book a corporate event or store your boat at our compound. 


 

Membership

If you would like to become a member of Vancouver Ocean Sports, you will need to complete a Membership Form, Medical Form and Waiver of Claims, all of which are included in the VOS Membership Package.

Please scan and email membership forms to vosmembership@gmail.com. They can also be dropped off at the compound during practice times:

Mondays: 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 6:30-8:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00-11:00am

+ Annual Membership

12 Months | $325

+ Summer Membership

April 1 - September 30 | $260

+ Winter Membership

October 1 - March 31 | $125

+ Associate Membership

12 Months | $150

This program is designed for those members who have paddling experience but due to personal commitments, circumstances and/or involvement in other clubs, sports and/or activities, want to participate in VOS programs on a casual, temporary, or drop in level basis.

+ Intro to Outrigger Course

5 Sessions | $75

This program is available only when there is sufficient interest as we require a minimum of four, preferably five, participants to hold an Intro program. The program consists of 5-6 sessions which typically commence the first Sunday of the month, followed by 4-5 consecutive weekday evening sessions. The first intro session of the year generally takes place in April or May, depending on the demand.

+ Payment Options

Payment can be made in two ways:

1) By Bank Email Money Transfer sent to payment.vos@gmail.com, please use the question “What city is VOS located?” Answer is “Vancouver”.

2) By Pay Pal*

*Please note that we have added 3% if you are paying online to cover the Paypal fees.

Membership Options


 

Sponsorship

VOS has a five-tier financial sponsorship program.

We offer promotional opportunities at each level as a way of saying thanks and to let other people know how fantastic our sponsors are!

+ Financial Assistance

  1. Community Sponsorship: $1000 or less

  2. Bronze Sponsorship: $1001 to $2500

  3. Silver Sponsorship: $2501 to $5000; or the cost of an OC1 or OC2 with customized corporate logos for 3 years

  4. Gold Sponsorship: $5001 to $8000, or the cost of an OC4 with customized corporate logos for 3 years

  5. Platinum: $8000+ or the purchase of an OC6 or dragon boat. (Sponsor can customize the colour and logo for maximum advertising, 3 year duration)

+ Advertisement Opportunities

  1. Website sponsor page (all levels)

  2. Jersey sponsor (bronze: 2-3inch logo; silver 4-5inch logo; gold/platinum: 6-8inch logo)

  3. Signage (Logo banners displayed at Burrard Marina and public events/races; logo size according to donation; company can provide banners for display)

  4. Boat logos: (Corporate logos on hull of OC6 according to donation: bronze = small, silver = med, gold = large, platinum donations can customize the entire boat)

  5. Equipment labeling (any equipment purchased as the result of a donation will display your corporate logo for 3 years e.g. boat trailer, coach boat, life jackets, paddles, etc.)

  6. Media acknowledgement (in the last 9 months we have been on TV three times and have opportunities for further exposure with the growth of our community and adaptive programs)


 

Corporate Events

Located in False Creek, Vancouver Ocean Sports is the perfect downtown locale to show staff, clients or even family the appreciation they deserve. The ocean environment is invigorating and dynamic, but beautifully serene by sunset as the cityscape lights up against a backdrop of mountains. Wildlife abounds all around  as resident eagles fly by and curious seals observe our wake.

Paddling on the beautiful waters of Vancouver in Hawaiian outrigger canoes provides the opportunity for a healthy team-building experience. Co-workers, family and friends will enjoy the teamwork, fitness and fun. Whether it’s a one day social event or a two month course, Vancouver Ocean Sports can customize a program to meet your needs

1. Ocean Outrigger Canoeing

Let us steer your crew through Vancouver’s beautiful marine ways and popular beaches. An introduction to outrigger canoeing includes basic instruction in paddling, an orientation to equipment and safety procedures. Catering options for lunch or hors d’oeuvres on the beach are also available. Our Club is easily accessible as we are located at the Burrard Marina, close to downtown Vancouver, just minutes from public transit and there’s plenty of public parking.

2. The Corporate Challenge

Without doubt, an outdoor team adventure that teaches motivation, teamwork, improves fitness and provides stress relief will only bring positive outcomes to your work environment. We can organize inter-departmental competitions and train each crew to strive for a common goal by working together.

3. Vancouver Paddling Adventure

Are you looking for a unique sightseeing tour in Vancouver? We have the program for you! Enjoy paddling on the beautiful waters of Vancouver in an Hawaiian Outrigger canoe. Let us steer you through Vancouver’s beautiful marine ways and popular beaches. Create an exciting new adventure for your group. Our boats can be used for sightseeing; teamwork programs or fun races, there are no limits.

*An Outrigger Canoe consists of a team of 6 people with 5 paddlers and one steersperson. The steersperson is responsible for the safety of the boat and is a trained member of our staff.

What can I do on the water?

Work as a team! Enjoy the beautiful cityscape of Vancouver! See eagles, seals and natural wildlife! Compete for fun with other new paddlers! Go swimming at English Bay! Learn correct paddling techniques! Experience a “huli”!

Do I need previous experience?

Anyone can come out and try outrigger canoeing. There is no prerequisite or paddling experience necessary. Swimming ability is an asset, but life jackets are mandatory and provided.

How much does it cost?

Price: $15 – $25 per person dependent on choice of program

Vancouver Ocean Sports is a community club that was created in 2004 for the growth and promotion of paddling sports in Vancouver. The ‘Vancouver Paddling Adventure’ is run by our volunteer members and the money raised through this unique experience funds new equipment and programs and allows us to share the excitement of paddling with the community.

When can I book?

Please email us to request days that work for your group.

How do I register?

Email us to register for your program at: vosoutrigger@gmail.com. Information required upon booking: the number of people, and a couple of options for day and time. Please collect the fees from your group in advance. No refunds will be given. Waivers must be completed and signed by each participant and can be downloaded from our Resources link and printed ahead of time.


 

Boat Storage

There is limited space available to VOS members for the storage of personal small boats and Stand-Up Paddle boards at the VOS compound, on a first come, first served basis. The cost of storage is based on the type and size of boat. 

Please contact club before making payment! 

For terms and conditions please refer to our Boat Storage Guide

+ Annual / Seasonal Members

Small Space OC1, OC2, Surf Ski | $180 ($15/mth)

+ Associate Members

Small Space OC1, OC2, Surf Ski | $264 ($22/mth)

+ Kayak / Large OC

$360 ($30/mth)

+ Canoe / Kayak - 24" Beam

$420 ($35/mth)

+ Stand-Up Paddle Board

$180 ($15/mth)

+ Surf Ski

$180 ($15/mth)

+ Payment Options

Payment can be made in two ways:

1) By Bank Email Money Transfer sent to payment.vos@gmail.com, please use the question “What city is VOS located?” Answer is “Vancouver”.

2) By Pay Pal*

*Please note that we have added 3% if you are paying online to cover the Paypal fees. This does not apply if you are paying by cheque.

Boat Storage Options (Annual)