Club Events

Club Events

Seminar Report on Aeronautical and Maritime Search & Rescue

On Wednesday March 02, 2022 Markie Simon and Capt Brian Bovine of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton delivered a wonderful presentation on Search and Rescue. Highlights of the presentation included:

  • The importance of the 3 Ts (Trip planning, Training, Taking the essentials);
  • The difference between 406 Personal Locator Beacons and devices such as SPOT and Garmin;
  • The importance of float plans; and
  • How to reduce the search time in the event that something goes wrong.

The were kind enough to share their presentation with us (see attached).

There was supposed to be a video but technical problems by the club prevented it from being shown. The video is available on Youtube at:

https://youtu.be/ibXhKdjzzNQ

Seminar - Aeronautical/Maritime Search & Rescue

Wednesday 02 March 2022, 7pm - 9pm

The presentation will give an introduction of the Canadian Search and Rescue (SAR) network, exploring a simulated maritime SAR incident, reviewing resources and locations, emergency distress beacons, statistical information, and how you can be a safer paddler on your next remote adventure.

Markie Simon is a 15-year veteran of the Canadian Coast Guard. She is an accomplished navigation officer having served aboard a number of Canadian Coast Guard vessels, navigating the Arctic, Great Lakes, and East Coast of Canada. Currently she is working at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario as a Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator. The JRCC Trenton team is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to assist with Maritime and Air Search and Rescue Incidents.

Details for joining the meeting are listed listed here for club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be sent starting about 3-4 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at https://www.raccc.ca/resources/trip-report/1998-zoom-guidelines-for-raccc-seminar-series.

Report on Adaptive Paddling Seminar

On Wednesday February 23, 2022, Pauline and Dawn gave an informal but very informative presentation about making paddle sports fun for people with all levels of cognitive and physical abilities. Essentially, with a bit of planning and advance preparation, the most important question becomes “Do you want to go paddling?”.

This presentation was recorded and is posted here on the RACCC Youtube page.

Although the RA Canoe Camping Club does not have an adaptive paddling program they are available at the:

- Ottawa River Canoe Club (https://www.ottawarivercanoe.com/ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

- Rideau Canoe Club (https://www.rideaucanoeclub.ca/special-o--para-canoe.html or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The presenters can be reached at:

Pauline Halstead   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - adaptive training

Dawn Callan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - prevention awareness programmer

Seminar - Adaptive Paddling

Wednesday 23 February 2022, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

With a little planning, paddle sports can be enjoyed by people with all kinds of physical and developmental abilities. Dawn and Pauline will deliver a very informative presentation on how canoes, kayaks, etc. can become welcoming and fun spaces for people with physical, developmental, and mental health challenges.

Dawn is currently program designing for Northern and Arctic land and water safety under Canadian Safe Boating Council and Playsafe Productions.  I am a Behavioural Technologist, with a special focus on life-style  planning with a focus on differently able people.  In terms of paddling world I am known for being the inaugural designer and coordinator of Paddlesmart. program.

For the past twenty years, Pauline has enjoyed learning and offering adaptive paddling.  The initial thrill of kayaking has never been forgotten and her mission is to have all abilities enjoy the serenity of paddling and develop skills.  Currently, she is the founder and Executive Director of Abilities In Motion, based in Ontario and spreading to Nova Scotia.  She is also Chairperson of the Paddle Canada Adaptive Paddling Committee, which is committed to training Paddle Canada instructors across Canada. Just being in a boat is a wonderful experience for emotional and physical health - for everyone.

Details for joining the meeting are listed listed here for club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be sent starting about 3-4 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at https://www.raccc.ca/resources/trip-report/1998-zoom-guidelines-for-raccc-seminar-series.

Report on Canoeing Across Canada Seminar

On Wednesday February 16, 2022 gave fun and enjoyable seminar about their 3 year trip across Canada.

As if this was not enough of a challenge, they have raised over $30,000 for Loving Spoonful in Kingston and written a book about their experiences.

More information about their trip, book and Loving Spoonfull is available on their website here.

This presentation was recorded and is posted here on the RACCC Youtube page.