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.
Lead by a certified coach and require commitment to the program.
Junior Development Team – (8 – 13yrs)
This program is for those who have participated previously in a CanoeKids Summer Camp and want tolearn more about the sport of Sprint Canoe-Kayak. Athletes will learn and develop the FUNdamental skills for success in the sport, including: balance, propulsion and boat control. Practices are a minimum of twice per week and during the summer may be up to five (5) sessions per week. A variety of activities will be presented on and off the water for skill development and team cohesion. There may be an opportunity to participate in local regattas.
Pre-requisite: CanoeKids Summer Camp or NCKC Splash Session and Club Orientation.
Youth Sprint Team – (10 – 17yrs)
This group practices up to three (3) times per week during the spring and fall seasons generally on the water with the focus on fun and skill development. During the summer months, practices may include up to ten (10) practices per week with a variety of paddling, ultimate Frisbee, running, calisthenics, soccer, etc. In the off-season athletes training may include the following winter maintenance activities: swimming, running, field activities, cross country skiing, weightlifting, hiking, etc. Athletes may attend several regattas (canoe-kayak races), multisport games (BC Summer Games) throughout the season taking them off the Island and sometimes across the Country or south of the border to Washington State.
Pre-requisite: previous member of the Junior Development Team and/or an invitation from the Club Coach. Athletes must be able to swim 25m without a PFD or use a PFD at all times while on the water.
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