Sprint Canoe Kayak Training Programs

Photo by Landon Sveinson

Photo by Landon Sveinson

The sport of Canoe Kayak offers many rewarding experiences: from travel and friendship to skill development and fun. There’s something for everyone, both as an individual and as part of a team.

Though NCKC’s coached training programs run all year round, Competitive Flatwater Sprint racing is most active through the months of April to September, during the regatta season. NCKC Athletes receive training from coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program and CanoeKayak Canada. For more information on any of our programs contact Igor at headcoach[at]nckc.ca or call 250-758-4052.  

There are three levels to NCKC’s Coached Programs:

  • Regatta Ready
  • Junior Development
  • High Performance Training

REGATTA READY 

Cost: Membership Fees + $470 (Summer Program) and/or $420 (Winter Program)

Register For Regatta Ready 

The Regatta Ready program is designed for youth between the ages of 12 and 15 years old. All children are welcome as the program is for both experienced and inexperienced paddlers, and introduces children to the sport of sprint canoeing and kayaking. Participants will learn to paddle canoes and all kayaks; singles (K1), doubles (K2) and fours (K4) and War canoe .

Although there are two age categories within this program ( Peewee and Bantam), all of the athletes train together in a group environment. All athletes will have the opportunity to compete in age class local regattas. Please check our website for the Regatta Schedule.

Peewees and Bantams have the opportunity to race at the BC Championship regatta .

Age groups (age of athlete in Jan 1 of year of season):

  • Atom: under 12 years old
  • Peewee: 12-13 years old
  • Bantam: 14-15 years old

The Program will include:

  • Individual and team activities
  • On water instruction and training
  • Water safety
  • Social activities
  • Dry land training
  • Swimming

The program seasonal timing runs as follows:

Summer program: April to August
Winter program: September to February (During winter the Regatta Ready continues to train with dryland activities.)

** A move from this group into the Junior Development group must be approved by our Head Coach

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT

Cost: Membership Fees + $650 (Summer Program) and/or $520 (Winter Program)

Register for Junior Development

The Junior Development training group is designed for Midget, Juvenile and Junior aged athletes(16- 25) that want to learn to paddle and compete in singles (K1, C1), doubles (K2, C2) and fours (K4, C4).

The training will include:

  • On the water instruction
  • Dry-land training
  • Body Weights and Weights
  • Swimming (winter)
  • Social activities
  • Flexibility training
  • Technical advice from our Head Coach

The Junior Development training group trains throughout the year:

Spring:
April, May and June: Monday 4:00 p.m., Tuesday 4:00 p.m., Thursday 4:00 p.m., Friday 4:00pm, Saturday 9:00 p.m.

Summer (July & August)
Once a day at 7:00 a.m., Saturday 9am (Regattas on weekends)

Winter (September – March**):
Monday 4:00 p.m., Tuesday 4:00 p.m., Thursday 4:0 p.m., Friday 4:00pm, Saturday 9am

The Junior Development program timing runs as follows:

On-water : March to November
Off-water : November to March*

HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING 

Cost: Membership Fees + $840 (Summer Program) and/or $725 (Winter Program)

Register for High Performance Program

The High Performance program is available to Midget, Juvenile, Junior and Senior athletes that have been selected by our Head Coach based on their commitment, drive, ability and performance.

Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in their age class in local regattas as well as Provincial and National Championships. These High Performance athletes will also have the opportunity to race at the BC and National Team Trials throughout the season.

The program will include intensive work with the Head Coach to develop short and long term goals under a training program designed by the Head Coach for them. The Athletes will be involved in a competitive group dynamic where they can push each other to be their best.

The training program will include:

  • Twice daily training sessions
  • Weight training
  • Dry-land training (through the winter months)
  • Swimming
  • Technical advice from the Head Coach
  • Social activities
  • Outdoor games
  • Video analysis
  • Flexibility training
  • The facility and all equipment will be available six days a week, at times designated by the Head Coach.  Athletes involved in the High Performance program will be expected to attend all practices and training camps outlined by the Head Coach at the coach athlete meeting.

The program seasonal timing runs as follows:

    On-water: March to November
    Off-water: November to March

For more information on any of our programs or to register, contact Igor at headcoach[at]nckc.ca or call 250-758-4052.