SUMMER PADDLE PROGRAMS FOR ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS

Our Programs

COVID19 dramatically changed the programming we offered in 2020. Not only did we lose access to our regular beach (at Camp Hughes), which means all the boats and equipment had to be transported daily back and forth from storage, but we also needed to create a safe way to deliver programming, sanitize all equipment and facilities before and after each program.

 

At this point, we do not know if our club will be able to use our rented space at Camp Hughes or if we will be at the West Lake Provincial Park in 2021. But either way, we hope to offer the following programs, subject to Health and Safety concerns, access to the Lake and our boats.  

** We now have a limited number of PFDs / Lifejackets available for use during our program, thanks to a donation from the Fort-Fraser Endowment Grant in 2020

2021 Try-It Days

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 and Winter at the Pool.

Lifejackets Required - let us know if you do not have your own. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

2021 Adventure Paddle

This 3 hour program is for paddlers aged 11-18 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. Cost $45 per paddler. 

Lifejackets Required - let us know if you do not have your own. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

2021 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. Cost $25 per paddler. 

Lifejackets Required - let us know if you do not have your own. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

2021 Fun Paddle

This 1 hour program is for kids aged 7-12 years old who already have some basic paddling experience but are ready to practice more strokes, tour the shoreline, and learn some fun paddling games. Cost $25 per paddler. 

Lifejackets Required - let us know if you do not have your own. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

2021 Learn-To-Train Basic Paddle - 6 Weeks

Commitment: 2 hours of paddling (Sat) for 6 consecutive weeks

Program A: June-July

Program B: July-August 

Paddlers 7-12 years old looking to develop their paddling skils, speed, strength, and endurance will enjoy this Learn to Train paddling program. All paddlers will learn to paddle canoes and kayaks. Paddlers will navigate their boats in open water, thru wake, and enjoy games and paddle challenges. This program is for both the recreational paddler and those interested in advancing to the Train-To-Train program. 

Cost $120 per paddler. Lifejacket Required. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

2021 Train-To-Train Advanced Paddle - 6 Weeks

Commitment: 5 hours of paddling (Wed & Sat) for 6 consecutive weeks

Program A: June-July

Program B: July-August 

Paddlers 13-18 years old looking to develop more technique, speed, strength, and endurance will enjoy this advanced Train to Train 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. 

Cost $300 per paddler. Lifejacket Required. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

2021 Family Paddle Days

Families can come out to the Lake for a 2 hour guided paddle around the Lake. This is a great way to meet other families who enjoy paddling, explore the shoreline, participate in games, and get to know your environment. BYOB or use a canoe. Certain restrictions apply. Cost $40 per family (up to 4) using club canoe/paddles or $35 per family (up to 4) using BYOB.

Lifejackets Required - we have a limited number of youth sized lifejackets to loan. 

2021 Parents-Can-Paddle

Parents/Guardians who have a child registered in an Adventure, Learn-to-Train or Train-to-Train program can use a canoe or BYOB and paddle around the lake at the same time as their child's program is running. Certain restrictions apply. Cost $25 per Parent/Guardian for the summer using club canoe/paddles or BYOB. Lifejacket Required.

Competitive Team

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 April 1st of 2021

2) For Solo Races (C1/K1) - Register in or have already completed a Train-To-Train Advanced Paddle 6 Week Paddling Program (or equivalent)

3) For Team Races (C2/C4, K2/K4) - Register in or have already completed a One Week Team Paddling Camp (or equivalent)

2021 One Week Team Paddling Camp

Paddlers 13-18 years old 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.

Cost $300 per paddler. Lifejacket Required. All boats, paddles, and other equipment provided.

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 First register in the Competitive Team. A meeting will be held for all registered paddlers to discuss eligibility, requirements and next steps.

The cost of attending the BC Summer Games 2022 is in addition to any PGCKC club paddling programs

 

BC Summer Games Team 2022

The 2022 BC Summer Games will be hosted in Prince George July 2022.

Each "Zone" (geographic area) is able to send a limited number of paddlers. Prince George is in Zone 8. 

Paddlers born in the years (TBD due to COVID19) 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 April 1st of 2021  and ensure they are registered for or have completed the required paddling programs.

2) Register for the BC Summer Games Team by November 1st of 2021

3) Attend a Qualification Race by May of 2022 held at a Prince George Pool. Paddlers will be selected for the 2022 Team based on their eligibility and results at this Qualification 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 2022

The cost of attending the BC Summer Games 2022 is in addition to any PGCKC club paddling programs. The cost per paddler in previous years has been around $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.