Turning the Tide: Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event?
We will leave Swartz Bay on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 and return to Swartz Bay on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Where will we stay?
We will spend Wednesday and Thursday nights at Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island and Friday and Saturday nights at Port Browning Marina on North Pender Island. Reservations for our group have been secured for all four nights. Camping arrangements are included once you’ve registered with Turning the Tide.

Do I need to be an experienced paddler to participate in this event?
It is expected that participants will have some experience in and on the water and be comfortable and physically capable of paddling at a speed of 3 knots for up to 5 hours per day.

For more information about our route and safety policies, please visit the schedule and safety pages on our website at http://turningthetide.ca/

Do I need my own boat to participate?
It is expected that most participants will have their own boats. We are however facilitating a connection between available boats and paddlers looking for boats through the registration form.  We have also negotiated discounted rates with several kayak and canoe rental agencies.

Do I have to join for the entire event, or can I join for just a portion?
People are encouraged to participate in the 5-day paddle, to help build camaraderie and connections between participants. In the case of Gulf Islanders joining midway, some accommodation may be possible. The participant registration fee is a flat rate ($95 per person over 15 years) regardless of how long the participant joins in the paddle.

If you are unable to paddle, you are welcome to participate in Turning the Tide as a member of the “ground wave,” camping with us and joining events on each island we visit via the BC Ferry system. See our schedule for details. http://turningthetide.ca/schedule/

What will the event cost me?
Participants will pay a $95 participant fee, which covers the cost of camping and a vegetarian dinner each evening. Participants who have to rent kayaks or canoes will incur rental fees. Participants are expected to cover their own personal costs as well as their own food for breakfasts and lunches.

Participants who do not paddle but make their way to Salt Spring or Pender Island will be responsible for their own transportation costs.

A 50% refund on participant fees will be provided for cancellations received prior to July 15. After that date, no refunds will be provided.

Are there any events planned for the time we are on the Gulf Islands?
Yes, our organizers are working hard to put together a program of education, community building and fun! Stay tuned to our website for a completed program.

Great, I’m interested in participating. How do I sign up?
Follow this link: http://turningthetide.ca/register/ Organizers will make contact with all registered participants to provide information about the paddler welcome and orientation night.

How do I Pay?
You can send an email transfer to turningthetide.ca@gmail.com or a cheque made out to the Social Environmental Alliance, mailed to: 9-103 Wilson Street, Victoria BC V9A 6X1.

Is it safe?
Traversing tidal waters by small human powered craft has significant risks. Turning the Tide will not be a success unless we all do our part to keep the journey safe and fun. This is not a guided expedition and all participants are personally responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of the group. That being said, Turning the Tide’s organisers will take all reasonable steps to implement procedures that promote safety in order to keep the focus on our message of opposition to increased tanker traffic.

If you are unsure of your ability to confidently participate in this journey please access training from a professional instructor for the type of craft you intend to use. All participants in the People’s Paddle for the Salish Sea must read and understand the information contained in this document, sign an official waiver and follow the directions of designated flotilla leaders. Failure to comply with our safety policy will result in immediate expulsion from the group.

View the complete safety package on our website http://turningthetide.ca/safety-policy

Other questions?
Website: http://turningthetide.ca/
or email us at: turningthetide.ca@gmail.com