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, and SUP 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

Chrissy
2019 President

Steve
Past President (2018)

Brian
Vice President

Estella
Boat Storage Director

Diane
Communications/Membership

Sharon
Treasurer

+ Coaches

Gabe

Race Crews / Steering / Small Boats / Rigging Courses

Gabe is a world class outrigger coach, and steersman.

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Equipment + Programs

 
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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), and SUP.  

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

The Introduction to Outrigging program consists of two training sessions held on 2 consecutive Sundays, plus participation in 2 full team practices. This program requires a minimum of four, preferably five participants to run, and may be cancelled without sufficient registrants.

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 can't join the 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 vosoutrigger@gmail.com for more information or Sign Up!

+ Practices

VOS OC6 practices are scheduled on 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. Race Development practices take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (on water), are open to all OC paddlers with a minimum of one season paddling experience, and are coached three times a 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
• 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, remit payment to payment.vos@gmail.com via e-transfer. 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 can be placed in the envelope at the front of the binder, and payment remitted to payment.vos@gmail.com via e-transfer.

*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 can be placed in the envelope at the front of the binder, and payment remitted to payment.vos@gmail.com via e-transfer.

*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!

Join the VOS team by becoming a member, or storing 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 before or after practices:

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

+ Annual Membership

April 1 - March 31 | $335

+ Summer Membership

April 1 - September 30 | $265

+ Winter Membership

October 1 - March 31 | $130

+ Associate Membership

April 1 - March 31 | $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 Outrigging Course

4 Sessions | $75

The Introduction to Outrigging program consists of two training sessions held on 2 consecutive Sundays, plus participation in 2 full team practices. This program requires a minimum of four, preferably five participants to run, and may be cancelled without sufficient registrants. 2019 course dates: Sunday May 26 and Sunday June 2.

+ Payment Options

Payment can be made in two ways:

1) By Bank Email Money Transfer send to payment.vos@gmail.com.

2) By Pay Pal - not currently available*

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


 

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)


 

Boat Storage

The VOS compound has space for members to store personal small boats and Stand-Up Paddle boards. 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

+ VOS Annual Members

Small Space OC1, OC2, Surf Ski | $185

+ Associate Members

Small Space OC1, OC2, Surf Ski | $270

+ Kayak / Large OC

$365

+ Canoe / Kayak - 24" Beam

$425

+ Stand-Up Paddle Board

$185

+ Payment Options

Payment can be made in two ways:

1) By Bank Email Money Transfer send to payment.vos@gmail.com.

2) By Pay Pal - not currently available*

*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 or e-transfer.

CHASEDOWN

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VOS ChaseDOWN is Back July 20, 2019!

Chasedown 2019 is happening on July 20, 2019 at Vancouver Ocean Sports’ Club located in Vancouver, BC.

Short Course: 2-laps of 4.5 km for a total of 9 km
Long Course: 2-laps of 9 km for a total of 18 km

Early bird (May 20 to June 30): $210 CAD/USD per Adult team ($35/paddler).
Late registration (July 1 to race-day): $240 CAD/USD per Adult team ($40/paddler).

Junior paddler registration fees are being fully sponsored by Paddling for Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to minimizing barriers for young people to participate in team paddle sports.

7:30 am Race Check-in and Registration Opens
9:00 am Short Course Race Starts
11:00 am Long Course Race #1 Starts - Women's/Mixed Masters Long Race
1:30 pm Long Course #2 Race Starts - Men's/Mixed Open Long Race

*Steers meeting occurs 30 minutes prior to race start.

Race Details: https://forms.gle/TihqB3S6AYtkyR8D7

Registration: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=181172