PADDLING FAMILIES

Paddling families aims to build a paddling community around families that paddle through coached paddling sessions using a combination of Paddle Canada Instructors and NCCP trained coaches.  Read below for a summary of the parts of the program and click on each link for more details including duration and costs. 

Fundamentals / Foundations

Age 6-10 - upto 2 squads of 4 paddlers

Designed to develop fundamental paddling skills, coordination, self confidence and social skills.

Introduction

March 27- May 1 2020

$150 per participant

  • upto 2 groups of 4 with a coach each

  • paddling Saturday mornings from 7:30am – 9:00am for 6 weeks

  • 3 week blocks of SUP followed by 3 week block of surfski

  • Basics of forward stroke, brace and brake on equipment designed for smaller bodies.

  • Learn about tides, wind and currents in the Mamquams Blind Channel.

  • Coached by CanoeKids and/or Paddle Canada Flatwater SUP Instructors

The progression within this stage is from a 6 session introductory program to either a weekly paddling session or bi-weekly session.

Developing

Age 11-15 - upto 2 squads of 6 paddlers

Designed to build on the fundamentals and introduce paddling in boats with another person.

Introduction / Refresher

March 27- May 1 2020

$150 per participant

  • upto 2 groups of 6 with a coach each

  • paddling Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 10:30am for 6 weeks

  • 3 week blocks of SUP followed by 3 week block of surfski

  • Build on the basics of forward stroke, brace and brake.

  • Learn about tides, wind and currents in the Mamquams Blind Channel.

  • Coached by CanoeKids and/or Paddle Canada Flatwater SUP Instructors

The progression within this stage is from a 6 session refresher program to a weekly paddling session alternating between 2 person outrigger canoes and double surfskis.

Recreational Downwinding

Age 15+

With foundations in place and an introduction to crew boats we pair parent and child to introduce them to downwind paddling 1 night a week.

Monday evening Squad

May 3 - July 26 2020

$150 per participant

  • paddling Monday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday evening Squad

May 5 - July 28 2020

$150 per participant

  • paddling Monday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

In addition to the parent/child doubles these sessions are also open to adults wishing to practise downwind paddling in a group

Future Phase

Once our recreational Howe Sound Paddling is established we will be expanding into River Paddling (targetted in 2023) and potentially competitive paddling (demand dependent).