Meetings topics include:
- presentations from kayak expeditions

- instruction of a particular kayaking skill

- information about upcoming trips

- a chance to buy and sell kayaking and camping items

- how to build your own kayak

- where to meet others to paddle

- presentations from recent group outings

- a chance to meet friendly people


Club meetings are great place to meet others who enjoy kayaking. The meetings are also an opportunity to learn about kayaking and figure out what you need to start in this great recreational activity.


Meetings are held the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm to approximately 8:00pm at Valley Wide Rec., 901 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto, CA 92582.

We are in the modular building behind the tennis courts.  Look for the club logo above the door.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Become a member of the club to get a meeting reminder sent to you each month as well as updates and news about events.


2019 Meeting Schedule:

January 7, February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5,
Sept 9 (second Monday due to Labor Day on Sept 2), Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2 -
Holiday party

Monday, Dec 2, 2019 - 6:00 pm

VWKC will provide a delicious smoked turkey from Sweet Baby Janes, a Glazed Holiday Ham, some Holiday Cheer, and all the holiday decorations, paper products, cups, utensils, etc. Please RSVP to this email to let me know you are coming and what dish you will be bringing to share for approx 6 people. Listed below are some potluck dishes and items you can choose from:
Drinks - Sparking Water, Coffee, Tea, Etc.
Casserole dishes

Bring a wrapped gift valued at $15.00 if you would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange. Rules: On the first turn, the first raffle ticket drawn winner picks out a gift and opens it so all can see what it is. On the second turn, the person assigned with #2 gets the choice of “stealing” #1’s unwrapped gift or choosing a wrapped one from the pile. If #2 steals #1’s gift, then #1 must choose and open a wrapped gift. As subsequent players take their turns, they either select a new gift or take any already opened gift from any of the other players. Any player who has a gift taken away either choose a new gift or take an already-opened gift from another player.

The meeting is at Valley-Wide Sports & Recreation District, 901 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto in the modular building in the back of the property by the ball fields. Driveway is on the west side of the building. Look for the VWKC logo above the door.

Saturday, Dec 2 at 6 pm - You are cordially invited to our Valley Wide Kayak Club Holiday Celebration & Potluck Dinner on Monday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm. We will celebrate together with a delicious potluck dinner, lots of social time to share paddling tales this past year and participate in a fun, interactive White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Monday, Nov 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm VWKC Meeting "Black Canyon Kayak Slideshow"

Monday, Oct 7, 2019 - 6:30 pm Members will share their favorite kayak or camping item.

Monday, Sept 9, 2019 - 6:30 pm VWKC Meeting "How to Pack Your Kayak for a Multi-Day Trip" by Pam Martin

Monday, Aug 5, 2019 - 6:30 pm VWKC 20th Anniversary Celebration and Green River Utah Kayak Expedition presentation by James Hermes.

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 6:30 pm Valley Wide Kayak Club Meeting Program "A Guide to Paddling - Sea Kayaking"

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 6:30 pm Kayak & Camping Gear Swapmeet at Valley Wide Kayak Club Meeting

2018 Meeting Schedule

Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, June 4, July 2,
Aug 6, Sept 12, Oct 1, Nov 5, and Dec 3



2017 Meeting Schedule

Wed. January 11
Davy Aker - SEAthletes will present the North Shore Xtreme "Save the Salton Sea" paddling event which is being held at the Salton Sea State Park Visitor Center Feb 10 - 12.
VWKC will partner with SEAthletes on this event.

Mon. February 6
Gary Hakala will lead a discussion on "Kayaking Essentials with an eye towards Safety"

Mon. March 6
Ron Gregory will make a presentation on an attempt to circumnavigate the Salton Sea.
In February of last year, intrepid adventurers Bob Pippin and Ron Gregory decided to circumnavigate an exotic body of water which beckons hardy travelers from all over the world, yet is located right in our backyard. That massive inland sea is the great Salton.

As they prepared for this arduous expedition, Pippin and Ron determined that an effort of this magnitude would require a larger crew, so they enlisted the participation of a couple of hardy friends. It was determined that the use of tandem kayaks would provide an additional measure of stability and comfort for the long journey, so two sturdy, Kevlar Seda Tango doubles were selected for the trip.

Starting out on a crisp, sunny winter day, the adventurers never imagined that the voyage would soon be fated for a terrifying struggle for survival, as Ron Gregory will recount for us in his stirring presentation Monday evening.

Mon. April 3
Kayak/Camping Swapmeet - Bring your unwanted kayak and camping gear to the meeting and other paddlers will buy your items.

Mon. May 1
Morro Bay Kayak & Camping Adventure Slideshow by Sheila Pisa. Discussion of upcoming events and decision on balance of events for 2017. Need event hosts.

Mon. June 5
Baja, La Bufadora Sea Kayak Adventure Slideshow by Sheila Pisa. Gary Hakala will give a presentation on paddling skills. Upcoming trips, including the 1st Annual Brian Kovalsky Memorial Paddle & Chili Cookoff at Lake Skinner June 9 through 11 will be discussed.

Monday, July 3

Mon. August 7 "Go Paddle", a kayak video will be shown.

Wed. September 13 (Special date as 1st Monday is holiday)

Mon. October 2
Heiko Mauermann will give an interesting presentation on his early years of shalom kayak racing on the rivers in Germany. Kathy Hakala will talk about our 14th Annual Charity Paddle to Support Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times at Lake Hemet Saturday Oct 21. Linda Julian will show a slide show of VWKC members who toured Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Sept 16 and Diane Lemm will discuss safety and a fundraising opportunity for the Kai Wai Kids of the Salton Sea

Mon. November 6

Mon. December 4
Holiday party and fun gift exchange

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