OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ENCOMPASSES THREE AREAS:
- Helping People to Learn and Grow
- Contributing to Our Community
- Taking Responsibility as a Good Neighbour and Citizen
The Kelowna Yacht Club has been a fixture on the Kelowna waterfront since 1945 and its continued presence has been confirmed under the Simpson Covenant and many City Councils.
We are much more than simply a group of like-minded individuals focused on their own sport or pastime.
HELPING PEOPLE TO LEARN AND GROW:
- Thousands of children and young adults alike have learned to sail through lessons open to the public and priced to be as inclusive as possible. Many have competed successfully throughout the province.
- Each year about 30 adults complete our learn-to-sail courses, where classroom training is put to practice on the water by members who donate their boats and time to support the program.
CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITY:
- The Blind Fishing Derby is organized by the members each year, giving about 30 people with blindness or sight impairment the opportunity to fish and spend time on the water, not to mention great prizes, trophies and meals free of charge. In 2020 it will be the 20th anniversary of this event held at the Kelowna Yacht Club.
- The Boat for Hope event, in conjunction with Variety a Children’s Charity, gives kids with physical and developmental challenges – and their families – a delightful day of pirates and booty on the water and land.
- For years the Kelowna Yacht Club has maintained and inspected over 30 public mooring buoys between the bridge and Caesar’s Landing. View location map here.
- Kelowna Yacht Club provides access and moorage for the fire and rescue boats of the City of Kelowna Fire Department, as well as for the Central Okanagan Search & Rescue. The Club is also the location for the Kelowna Professional Firefighters annual Rooftop Campout where they spend the weekend atop of the clubhouse raising money for the Dare to Dream community charity.
- Kelowna Yacht Club provides the facilities for many recognized professional boating courses offered by the Kelowna Canadian Power and Sail Squadron to the general public.
- The Disabled Sailing Association maintains a small fleet of specially equipped craft at the Kelowna Yacht Club to provide sailing lessons to people with disabilities.
- The Kelowna Boat Show is a free community event that involves 200 member volunteers. All profits from exhibitors entry fees are returned to the community through the provision and on-going maintenance of the public mooring buoys. The Kelowna Boat Show will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary 2020.
A GOOD CITIZEN AND RESPONSIBLE NEIGHBOUR:
- As a non-profit organization, membership in the Kelowna Yacht Club is open to the public, and costs are kept to a minimum.
- While some Club activities are restricted to members only, non-members are gladly welcomed to many of our courses, events and other activities.
- Kelowna Yacht Club, in partnership with the City of Kelowna, provides a public pump-out station so all boaters can pump their effluent into the sewage treatment system instead of the lake.