During our Open House we offer all kids the opportunity to explore the world of paddling thru a 15min free paddling experience. This is a great way to understand what a canoe or kayak can feel like and spark the pleasure for paddling. We also have Try-It days in Spring at the Pool.
Learn to Paddle
This 1 hour program is great for kids aged 7-18 years old who have never paddled before and are curious about how much fun it can be to spend the summer on the water.
This 2 hour program is for the paddler who already has some basic paddling experience but is ready to practice more strokes, tour the shoreline, and learn some fun paddling games.
Parents and families of paddlers can join the PGCKC and enjoy a canoe (or BYOB) paddle around the lake at the same time their child is paddling in an Adventure Paddle or 6 Week Paddling Program. Certain restrictions apply.
This 3 hour program is for paddlers who are confident in canoe or kayak and want to enjoy the afternoon by exploring around the shoreline, going into open water, and playing water-based games.
6 Week Paddling Program
Learn to Train and Train to Train
Paddlers looking to develop more technique, speed, and endurance should sign up for this 6 Week Paddling Program. All paddlers will become proficient in paddling canoes and kayaks. Paddlers will navigate their boats in open water, thru wake, and enjoy games and paddle challenges. This program is a Pre-Requisite for joining the Competitive & BC Summer Games Team.
1 Week Team Paddling Camp
Paddlers confident in both canoe and kayak are invited to join this 1 week paddling camp that focusses on team building skills - teams of 2 and 4 paddlers. When paddling in teams, synchronization of the paddle stroke, attention to navigation, and communication are all key to maximizing speed and control. This program is a Pre-Requisite for joining the Competitive & BC Summer Games Team for multi-paddler races.
BC Summer Games Team 2020
The 2020 BC Summer Games will be hosted in Maple Ridge July 23-26th 2020.
Each "Zone" (geographic area) is able to send a limited number of paddlers. Prince George is in Zone 8.
Paddlers born in the year 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 and all Para/Paddle-All athletes 30 years and younger are eligible to participate in the BC Summer Games. Full eligibility requirements and qualifications will be discussed with paddlers and their families who register for the BC Summer Games Team.
All paddlers interested in attending the BC Summer Games must
1) Register for the Competitive Team by May 1st 2020 and ensure they are registered for or have completed one or more of the required paddling programs.
2) Register for the BC Summer Games Team by May 1st 2020
3) Attend a Qualification Race held at a Prince George Pool prior to June 1st 2020 . Paddlers will be selected for the 2020 Team based on their eligibility and results at this race. There is no cost to participating in the Qualification Race.
4) Once selected for the BC Summer Games Team, submit their BC Summer Games Registration & Payment by June 1st 2020
The cost of attending the BC Summer Games 2020 is in addition to any PGCKC club paddling programs. The cost per paddler is $275 and includes the BC Games registration fee, race equipment, race-day coaching/supervision, transportation, accomodation, meals, and entertainment for all paddlers selected for the Games Team.
BC Summer Games 2022
The BC Summer Games 2022 will be hosted in Prince George. All paddlers interested in attending the BC Summer Games must register in the Competitive Team. Additional requirements & registrations will be shared in January of 2022.
The cost of attending the BC Summer Games 2022 is in addition to any PGCKC club paddling programs
The Competitive Team is comprised of paddlers who are interested in participating in Regattas (races). Any paddler can sign up for the Competitive Team once they have the minimum requirements ( see below)
By joining the Competitive Team, the PGCKC coaches will work with paddlers and their families to help them achieve their Regatta Paddling Goals. This includes understanding how Regattas work, determining eligibility, participating in /organizing qualification races, submitting race registration, assisting with boat transportation, assisting with travel & accomodation, and providing race-day coaching/supervision as needed.
There is no cost to joining the Competitive Team, however each Regatta has its own fees/costs for participating that are in addition to any PGCKC paddling programs.
Competitive Team Minimum Requirements:
1) Register for the Competitive Team by May 1st of the current paddling year
2) For Solo Races (C1/K1) - Register in or have already completed a 6 Week Paddling Program (or equivalent)
3) For Team Races (C2/C4, K2/K4) - Register in or have already completed a 1 Week Team Paddling Camp (or equivalent)