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Kayak and SUP safety
Did you know that you can take ongoing courses to improve your skills on the water through Ocean River Sports?
They offer courses such as introductory rescue, balance and bracing, basic skills (general), sea kayaking level 1, rolling. Some courses are done from the safety of a pool, others out at Cadboro Bay, on the Gorge behind their store and SUP courses at Elk Lake (summer) in the Inner Harbour or take a trip to Ucluelet for Level 1 Guide.
Ocean River also offers guided tours for the not too advanced to overnight, three-day trips.
Sea kayaking is the perfect way to explore Vancouver Island and the waters we call home offer enough coastline to keep even the most avid paddler busy for a lifetime. Lush green rainforests, towering mountain vistas and remote ocean islets are the standard backdrop to a paddler’s excursion here. To get to these magical places safely requires skill and experience. We offer Paddle Canada recognized certification courses that will you obtain the skills you will need to get out there. We focus on instilling confidence through competence on the water. These courses are your preliminary requisites to endless adventure!
For most courses you will have to wait until spring. But with a wet suit or dry suit you can paddle year round Greater Victoria.
The Victoria Royals Major Junior and Victoria Grizzlies Junior A teams will both be fully into the swing of their respective 2016-2017 seasons this weekend. Already playing an exciting brand of hockey are several local Junior B teams like the Westshore Wolves, Victoria Cougars, Saanich Braves and Peninsula Panthers. Currently there are nine teams that make up the two divisions (North and Sound) of the island-based league. The Campbell River Storm are in first place in the North, while the Saanich Braves are first in the South and overall with a 5-1 record.
The teams are in action this weekend.
Of course September is the confluence of some leagues winding down, especially if they made the post-season and some sports starting up including may Vikes teams. Visit the “Vikes” link at the top of the website homepage to see all the latest news on rowing, soccer, rugby, field hockey, basketball and the cross-country team.
The Vancouver Island Soccer League is now in full swing as are all soccer programs. Visit the Vancouver Island Soccer League site for the latest schedules as well as Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA).
This week’s Footballer of the Week: VISL, is George Konstantinov.
Known as George K for obvious reasons, George K is one of the most active and fit 62 year old footballers around.
George is currently signed with Saanich Fusion Internationals in the Masters A Division. He will most likely play up to other Saanich Fusion teams on permit when they need a keeper. He is very used to playing 3 games a week – and will get work whenever possible. George also coaches keepers in town – specifically Lakehill, Saanich Fusion, Bays, & Westcastle. He is also helping out with a local academy at Westhills.
Business wise, George and his wife have worked together with their own business venture – George being a fabric cutter.
Personally, George has overcome colon cancer and has been free of it for a little while now. No stopping him, as he played 33 days post-surgery in the Over 40′s League. Might be just another reason why he might be nicknamed Crazy George.
The Westshore Rebels are the hottest team in the BC Football Conference with their record of 6-1-1. This season has been a complete turnaround for the team that rose from the ashes of the former Victoria team that fled town for Nanaimo and proceeded to trounce the league each year since, until now.
The Rebels are in first place and have defeated the monster Okanagan Sun as well as for the first time ever took out their island rivals the Raiders at Westhills Stadium.
They are about to play their final game of the season at Westhills on Saturday, October 1st.
Cyclocross cycling is all the rage of course. Check out opportunities to race around the island in the Cross on the Rock, already in full swing.
Local races in the series take place at Saanich Fairgrounds and Bear Mountain, there are also races up island in Nanaimo, on Mt Washington, in Ladymith and other locations.