Our Community involvement has always been a high priority. Through Coast Outdoors and Deep Cove Kayak we work with many community organizations on the North Shore and beyond, the following are just some examples:
- For over six years we have been organizing the Annual Penguin Plunge New Years Day Swim which had previously been run for many years by the Seymour Lions Club. Approximately 3000 people attend this free event and since we started running it, donations have been collected which we direct to important community organizations. Originally the Seymour Art Gallery, donations this year went to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Stn #2
- At Deep Cove Daze at the end of August, every year we provide free supervised kayaking for the kids in attendance. We also organize the Cardboard Kayak Race which is a highlight of the Deep Cove Daze with hundreds of spectators, proceeds of which go to the North Shore Lifeboat Society.
- We have been providing free kayaking lessons for the Boys and Girls Club of the North Shore for many years and you can read their letter to us here. We also work with Power to Be, a Vancouver based organisation providing access for disabled individuals to outdoor activities, and also support their yearly fundraising Power to Play event.
- In 2015 we teamed up with the Britannia Streetfront Alternative Program to provide three kayak sessions for 20 youth from the downtown eastside of Vancouver.
- Deep Cove Kayak has been a long time Silver Level Sponsor for the Seycove Group of Schools Auction. This auction raises about $70,000 for elementary schools in the Mt Seymour and Deep Cove neighbourhood.
- A strong supporter of the CBC Radio Food Bank Auction, we have teamed up with other Deep Cove businesses to offer Gala auction items valued at $1000 dollars. In 2015 we have also been sponsors of the CHILD Foundation (Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders) Fashion event as well as the Read for the Cure event raising money for the Cancer Research Society.
- Working with the Deep Cove Merchant’s Association to improve communication and services between all the great independent stores in Deep Cove.
- Every year we support hundreds of community group silent auctions by providing kayaking vouchers to be used as auction items.
Through Deep Cove Kayak, we offer many low-cost, break even activities on a weekly basis allowing many members of the community access to healthy water based activities such as the following:
- For nine years, five teams of 125 women participate in Dragon Boating, training up to three times per week. As part of our support, Deep Cove Kayak just invested in a new $15,000 dragon boat. One of the teams consists of breast cancer survivors.
- This is our 17th season of Tuesday Night Racing, recreational racing for paddlers of all abilities. Up to 100 kayakers, paddle boarders, surfski racers and the occasional dug out canoe all participate in this friendly event on a weekly basis. Deep Cove Kayak organizes prizing and a post-event dinner at The Raven Pub. We also run a winter Tuesday Night Nordic Ski Race in conjunction with Cypress Nordic Ski Area for a nominal $2 entry fee.
- We also created the Canadian Downwind Champs which takes place in July. This is a 21km downwind surfski. paddleboard, prone board and OC race which attracts international as well as local paddlers.
- For five years we have partnered with our local Cove Cliff Elementary School to offer weekly low-cost kayak lesson for children in K4 – K7.
- 18 years ago we created Women on Water, WOW, a welcoming, supportive environment for women to go paddling together. Free for people who own a kayak and low cost rentals available for those who don’t. 60 – 90 women participate weekly. The supportive nature of the group has encouraged hundreds of women to get out and enjoy the beauties of Deep Cove.
- On a global level, our retail store Coast Outdoors is a strong supporter of Jackets for Jasper, a North Shore based charity that sell Nepalese manufactured down jackets with all proceeds going to support village education infrastructure in Nepal. Coast Outdoors provides, at no cost, a venue from which Jackets for Jasper can retail their jackets, and you can read their thank you from Jackets for Jasper here. Over the past two years, we have sold over 1000 down jackets. This past spring, Deep Cove Outdoors organized a Nepalese Earthquake Relief Party, raising $6000, and also donated revenues from Deep Cove Kayak totalling $3000.