Introductory Archery Lessons

Learn archery from archers! Victoria Bowmen has partnered with Saanich Recreation to offer regular introductory archery lessons for those interested in trying out the sport. Who knows — you might find yourself at the Olympics someday!

Saanich Commonwealth Centre is responsible for all beginner lesson bookings, so all registration, scheduling, and pricing questions should be directed to Saanich Recreation staff. You can contact them at (250) 475-7600 or via their website.

  • Both adult archery lessons and kids archery lessons are available.
  • All courses are taught by an Archery Canada qualified coach.
  • Each course consists of 6 one-hour lessons.
  • Club equipment will be provided for use during the course. Instructors can offer advice on purchasing your own equipment at the end of the course.
  • Dates and times will be published seasonally, and registration is available online via Saanich Recreation website.
  • Fall and winter (Saanich Commonwealth Place) and summer (Victoria Bowmen Outdoor Range) instructional programs will be conducted as interest warrants.
  • Courses will cover:
    • General introduction to archery concepts and organizations
    • Range safety and etiquette
    • Equipment selection, care, set-up and use
    • Fundamental archery technique

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Drop-In Archery

Drop-In nights at Saanich Commonwealth Centre are available to archers interested in some extra shooting time, or those who don’t yet have their own equipment but want to keep in practice. Drop-in nights are not lessons, so while equipment is provided and facilitators are on-site, instruction is limited.

Drop-in nights are for those aged 16 and up, cap at 20-24 participants, and spots are first come first served. Come early and pay at the downstairs registration desk to make sure you get in and can ask our facilitators any questions you may have.

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Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for those budding archers requiring a more personal, tailored approach, or for those whose busy schedule overlaps with the dates and times of the courses currently on offer through Saanich Recreation.

All private lessons are held at our outdoor facility at 2401 West Burnside (unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor) and are subject to instructor availability, available daylight hours, and the elements (we don’t teach in heavy rain or wind). It is recommended that you discuss these matters and any other concerns or requirements that you might have with your instructor beforehand.

Basic recurve equipment (bows, arrows, targets, etc.) can be provided upon request. Compound lessons are only available to participants with their own equipment. If you require lessons for more than 3 people, please refer to Group Lessons below.

Number of attendees Cost (per hour)
1 person $65
2 people $100
3 people $135

Please bear in mind that instructor time is limited, and we strongly recommend that you attend a regular introductory lesson before deciding on private lessons. Simply contact Saanich Recreation for course dates and times. If you still feel that private lessons are for you, you can contact us directly for more information.

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Groups (Summer Camps, Schools, & Birthdays)

Victoria Bowmen instructors have a great deal of experience with groups. Whether it’s a family wanting an introduction to the sport, a birthday or work party event, or a large school group, we can help. All group lessons are held at our outdoor facility (2401 West Burnside), regardless of the time of year.

Lessons are subject to instructor availability, available daylight hours, and the elements (we don’t teach in heavy rain or wind). All equipment (bows, arrows, and targets) is provided.

Number of attendees Cost (per hour)
Small Groups (4-8 archers) $150
Large Groups (9-16 archers) $300

Contact us with your date(s), group size, age range, and any special requirements. Please also check our event calendar to make sure that your chosen dates don’t interfere with any existing events or lessons.

Group events should be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance.

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Advanced Archery Lessons (Club Members Only)

Intermediate lessons are open to all recurve and compound Victoria Bowmen club members who want to take their shooting to the next level. Courses are held at the outdoor range year round.

Lesson Focus

  • Form and shot execution improvement
  • Equipment set up and tuning
  • Tournament preparation

Lesson Structure

  • Sets of 4 or 8 lessons, 1.5 hours long each.
  • Small groups to ensure individual attention by instructor.
  • Participants bring their own equipment (assistance is available for purchasing equipment); butts and targets provided by Victoria Bowmen.
  • Taken over whatever period of time best suits the individual archer. For example: one lesson per week, or take a lesson – practice what you learn for a couple of weeks – then take another lesson.


4 Lessons (6 hrs. of instruction) $100
8 Lessons $180

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