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March 2015 Bulletin



Dear Members and Friends,



Spring is nearly here and paddling season is just around the corner - schedules for upcoming courses, day trips, camping trips etc. are being put together and will soon be finalized. For a sneak peek, preliminary schedules have been posted both on the website and the Facebook group but please note, they are subject to change.



We're very excited to finally unveil FPC's new website where you'll find information about all courses, programs, upcoming events, schedules and much, much more. Be sure to check out the calendar under the Events button - if something's happening, you'll see it there.


Our monthly Members meeting will be held on March 16th at the usual place, the Interpretation Center in Rockwood Park. Leading into the meeting itself, will be a special presentation by Rob Lemmon and his adventure kayaking around Labrador's largest Island (See "On the Calendar for March" below. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend! 



Looking forward,



Jayne Brawn Vandenberghe

Communications Chair, Fundy Paddlers Club Inc.




On the Calendar for March:


March 16th - Club Meeting / Special Presentation:


Time: 7pm - 9pm 

Place:  The Interpretation Centre, Rockwood Park


We have a special presentation planned for you leading into March's Members meeting:  "Circumnavigate the largest island around Labrador by sea kayak!"


Rob Lemmon will give this fascinating presentation which will run for approximately 30 or 40 minutes and the members meeting will commence thereafter.


The presentation is free. Don’t miss it!


Contact Nancy Clifford if you have questions or comments concerning Rob's presentation.





March 21st - Paddle Making Workshop (Now Full)


When: Saturday March 21st, 9am-5pm

Where: Hampton Middle School

Instructors: Vaughn Dunfield and Toon Pronk


Cost: $50 per person paid directly to Von the day of the course; includes lunch


A reminder to those that have registered with Karen for this workshop:


If you haven't as yet, please email Vaughn (, indicating the type of paddle you want to make (bent shaft or straight shaft), size of blade (beaver or otter tail), length, style, wood type and any other preferences you have. He will bring the blanks for the paddles, but he first needs this information to make them.


Note:  Absolutely no prior experience with carpentry is required. All equipment and supplies provided.




March 21st - Reel Paddling Film Fest


A message from Rhonda Richard, President of sister paddle club in Fredericton, Tumblehome:


"Hey folks, the Reel Paddling Film Festival is coming back to Fredericton on March 21, 2015. We would love to see lots of enthusiastic paddlers at the show! There will be a lineup of great paddling films, some display booths, yummy concessions, and fantastic door prizes - including a boat! Come on out and socialize with fellow paddlers from around NB."


See attached poster for further details, or email Rhonda at




Wilderness First Aid Course


When: March 28-29, 2015 (Saturday, Sunday); 16 hour course

Where: Rockwood Park Interpretation Center

Instructor: Andrew Cuthbertson (Sirius)


Cost: $240 per person, manual is included. FPC members get 15% off thanks to a H&IC grant from the province. Paddle Canada members get an additional 10% off the full cost. Proof of membership must be shown to receive the discount. Paddle Canada Membership is $45.


Pre-requisite: You must be certified in CPR to take this course. Proof of certification can be scanned and emailed to the instructor beforehand, or a photocopy of your certificate can be brought the first day of the course. Those who have not provided a copy of their certificate before or on the first day of the course will not be permitted to take the course and will receive no refund. The instructor is willing to teach CPR the evening of March 27th (Friday) at the Interpretation Center for an additional fee (4 people minimum for this to happen). Alternatively, you can get your certification beforehand by taking Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid from Saint John Ambulance.


URGENT: Please email Karen at indicating your interest and:


  1. if you are a Paddle Canada membership

  2. if you already have CPR certification or, if not, whether you intend to get certified by taking the March 27th course or a Saint John Ambulance course


A minimum of 6 people is required for this course to run with a maximum of 12.


Non-refundable deposits of $100 are to be made asap with the remainder of the balance due March 19th. Please make checks out to the Fundy Paddlers Club. Payment can be given to our treasurer Craig Campbell Your spot in the course will not be officially reserved until your deposit is received.


     - Karen Vanderwolf, Training Officer, Fundy Paddlers Club Inc.



Just a Reminder - Club Dues are Due!


Time to send in your dues if you haven't already. Same rates as last year: $15 individual ; $20 family/household. Everyone - current and new members - need to download and sign the waiver. There may also be a few printed applications available at the next Member's Meeting.


Download the club waiver and application here.





Fitness For Paddlers


Now that paddling season is just around the corner, you may feel it's time to begin a fitness routine to develop better stability and strength through the core, shoulders, back, and chest. This video will introduce you to a few of the ways you can use a resistance band to do just that... check it out here.



Become a member...

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