Meetings & Events

Club Meetings

In order to allow resumption of formal group activities, all attendees (members and guests) must be fully vaccinated (received all recommended doses in primary series Covid-19 vaccine) and be up to date with a booster dose.

Monthly club meetings are typically held at 6:00 pm the fourth Thursday at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, 427 Nimrod Street, Nevada City. Offsite events include the May annual picnic and our August Rescue Clinic.

These gatherings are social, recreational, and informational in nature. Presentations offer information associated with the sport of paddling through speakers, videos, and slideshows. The meeting often includes a potluck dinner. Details will be emailed to our members and can also be found in our newsletter.

If you are not a member and wish to check us out, you are invited to join us. Contact Susan Rossman, Membership Chair at

Next Meeting

Thursday, May 26:   Please join us for the SNCKC Annual Picnic BBQ Potluck! Don’t miss this wonderful evening of fun, food and frolicking on the grass. Plan to participate in some fun games or just sit back and relax in your chair. We hope everyone will attend as this is a really fine event. Members and their family and friends are invited to attend. New members are especially encouraged to come to meet everyone and have fun! Check out the flyer for all details! Click here:  Picnic Flyer

Thursday, June 23:  Dick Penniman will present a slide show and narrative of his kayak trip in Freycinet National Park in Tasmania in 1997. Freycinet is a coastal marine park on the Tasman Sea in southern Tasmania. It boasts clear, cold water rimmed by pink granite formations and white beaches that offer a spectacular setting for a short kayak adventure. Dick found himself with several days of free time after completing some work in Melbourne. He had read about Freycinet National Park and found an adventure-travel agent in town that set him up with a group already planning to be boating in the park and willing to let him join them. It was only after he was picked up by the leader of the group at the airport in Hobart and on his way to put-in that he learned that these were no ordinary kayakers.

Thursday, August 25:  Mark your Calendar! We are planning our annual SNCKC Rescue Clinic at Rollins Lake. Thomas Schuebel, certified Kayak Instructor and honorary SNCKC member, will lead us in assisted and self-rescue techniques demonstration and practice. Every kayak and canoe paddler needs to know and practice these methods.  Participation in this clinic is highly recommended at least once every year. Click on the Resources tab on this website to check out the excellent Rescue Clinic narrative and photos by Gary Moon. Also visit Coach’s Corner by Chris Crain for videos of rescue techniques and more.

Past Meetings and Events

Thursday, April 28:  Gary Moon presented his kayaking experience at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota last summer. Having worked there in 1983 and 1984, Gary knew Voyageurs was kayak heaven because of its large peaceful lakes, mostly undeveloped shorelines, many islands, and incomparable scenery.

Thursday, March 24:  Chris Crain’s program Kayaking Through the Ages presented an engaging history of kayaking, complete with historic reconstruction examples, linking past to present.

Thursday, October 28:  British Pub Quiz Night with June Anderson. In most British pubs it’s a tradition to have a Quiz Night once a week. The first SNCKC quiz night was in 2013 and it was time for another fun evening of kayak-related trivia! Hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one.

Thursday, September 23: All member program meeting at Seaman’s Lodge with pizza dinner followed by a presentation of three members’ kayaking vacation: Columbia River Kayaking Adventure at Skamokawa Resort, Washington.

Thursday, September 9:  On the water clinic with Thomas Scheubel – forward stroke.

Thursday, July 22:  A representative from Northern California’s largest (and likely oldest) kayak shop, California Canoe and Kayak presented  information about kayak-related equipment of all sorts, including discussion of kayaks (materials, weights, lengths, paddling characteristics, etc.), paddles, and other items which make for good paddling.  

June 24, 2021:  Back at Seaman’s Lodge after well over a year!  The presentation, Camp Cookin’, included a talk and demos around quick, easy, fun, and green ways to enjoy camping meals. 

May 27, 2021:  Our annual picnic was held at Gateway Park with the traditional Pétanque tournament and a fantastic potluck buffet.

March 25, 2021:  The video Kayaking the 1000 Islands was interesting and entertaining! Via Zoom.

February 25, 2021:  The slideshow consisted of photos taken by members on several houseboat/kayak trips at Lake Powell over the past 10 years. Via Zoom.

January 28, 2021:  The presentation, Three Babes in Boats, consisted of a compilation of photos of kayak trips taken over the years by three of our long-time members. Via Zoom.

October 22, 2020:  Since we weren’t able to get together for our annual rescue clinic, we watched self-rescue videos. Via Zoom.

September 24, 2020:  The program included a showing of the film Martin’s Boat and one member’s videos of her whitewater kayaking adventures. Via Zoom.