Level 1 – FUNdamentals & Foundations

Introduction to Sprint Canoe and Kayak (6-12 years)

This program introduces young paddlers to the sport, Olympic sprint canoe and kayak, in a fun, safe, and team oriented environment. Our NCCP trained coaches will be teaching the basics of water safety, stroke technique, coordination, and balance in a variety of boats, while engaging the paddlers in a lot of fun games and team focused activities.

Pre-requisites

  • new / beginner to sprint canoe and kayak
  • have a positive attitude and willingness to focus, listen and learn! 🙂
  • be willing to participate in group warmups, workouts, and activities on the water and off

Group Goals

  • enjoy sport and demonstrate sportsmanship and teamwork
  • have great listening skills, build self-confidence
  • FUNdamental boat skills – canoe/kayak skills, balance and boat control
  • Develop skills and focus to move into Level 2
  • Entry-level regattas at coach’s discretion – Paddlers will be encouraged to develop their fundamental skills and focus on the water so that they may be invited to join the Level 2 paddlers in their practices and participate in entry-level regattas (see events on Schedule).

Fall/Winter Program (Oct – March 2017)
FALL/WINTER REGISTRATION CLOSED – Due to the cold weather, new paddlers are encouraged to start in our Spring/Summer program (below)
  • Practice Schedule:
    • Paddling – Now until Oct 28 – Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 4:30-6pm  (you’re welcome to make whatever days you can)
      • Weekday practices will resume March 1st – dates/times TBD
    • Paddling – Starting Oct 15 – Saturdays 11:15-12:45pm
    • Swimming – Starting Nov 18 until Feb 24 – Fridays 8-9pm at Templeton Park Pool (700 Tempelton drive, Vancouver, BC)
      • we’ll have the whole pool to ourselves
      • instructors will be working on stroke technique and fitness with the kids
    • See Schedule for all practice times and events (ones listed for Level 1)
  • Events / Important Dates:
    • Oct 10 – Thanksgiving Holiday – no practice
    • Nov 11 – Remembrance Day – no practice
    • (tentative) Dec 10 – Team Christmas Party – details TBD
    • Dec 17 – Jan 1 – Christmas Holidays – no practices
    • Mar 20-24 – Spring Break Development Paddling Camp
      • Mon-Fri 9-4pm fun paddling camp for the kids to develop various sport and social/team skills
      • camp will consist of paddling, team building, and multi-sport games and activities

 

Spring/Summer Program (April – Sept 2017)
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
  • Practice Schedule:
    • Paddling
      • April – June – Wed and Fri @ 4:30-6pm, Sat @ 11:15am-12:45pm
      • July – August – M-F 9-4pm – practices will run camp-style over the summer
      • Sept – TBD
    • See Schedule for all practice times and events (ones listed for Level 1)
  • Events / Important Dates:
    • April 14 – Good Friday Holiday – no practice
    • May 22 – Victoria Day Holiday – no practice
    • Aug 7 – Civic Holiday – no practice
    • Sept 4 – Labour Day – no practice
  • Regattas:
    • April 30 – BC Cup #1 Regatta – Burnaby Lake
    • July 15-16 – BC Cup #2 Regatta – Kamloops
    • July 29 – Ridge Invitational Regatta – Whonnock Lake, Maple Ridge
    • Aug 12-13 – BC Cup #3 Regatta – Long Lake, Nanaimo
    • Sept 9-10 – Pacific Cup Regatta – Whonnock Lake, Maple Ridge