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:
- Water safety begins at an early age, so the KYC works with local elementary and secondary schools to provide safe boating and water safety instruction to an average of 1,000 students every year.
- 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 60 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.
- The Boat for Hope event in conjunction with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Variety 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 KYC has maintained and inspected 37 public mooring buoys between the bridge and Caesar’s Landing.
- KYC provides access and moorage for the fire, rescue and patrol boats of the RCMP, City of Kelowna Fire Department, Canadian Coast Guard and Department of Fisheries.
- KYC 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, KYC hosts an annual regatta to raise funds for this worthy organization.
- The Boat and Leisure Show is a free community event that involves three-hundred KYC volunteers. All profits from exhibitors entry fees are returned to the community through the provision and on-going maintenance of the public mooring buoys.
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.
- KYC, 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.
- Each spring KYC members and CPSS members clean debris, garbage and flotsam from the lakeshore and in the water between City Park and the Water Street boat launch.