Spring / Summer Programs

Our spring/summer program runs for 6 months from April 1st to September 30th.  However, paddlers are welcome to join at any time with a prorated fee.  We try to be flexible with individual paddlers needs and schedules.  Please contact the commodore at commodore@vypc.ca to discuss options.

Our programs are divided by age group and participation level.  The younger groups have a higher coach to paddler ratio. The participation level determines how often you are on the water and the number of events included in your membership fees.  Membership fees include coaching fees, facilities rental, equipment use, race registration and team building events.  For out of town events, boat transportation and race registration are included (personal travel expenses are the paddlers' responsibility).  Many programs contain some competitive events.

Practice and race schedules may be subject to change/cancellation due to weather or operational requirements. We make every attempt to arrange makeup practices, but this may not always be possible. Age guidelines are general and appropriateness for a program also depends on experience, maturity, and physical size.

Placement of paddlers in appropriate programs is at the coaching staff's discretion.

There will be a two week break starting Monday, August 26th.  Practices will resume Monday, September 9th.

Explorers - Ages 9-13

Paddle twice a week.  Monday/Wednesday 5:30 - 7:00 pm

No experience necessary. The spring/summer program is designed to help kids learn to paddle a variety of boats such as sprint kayaks and outrigger canoes. Paddlers will learn the basics of water safety and correct stroke technique, while developing strength and balance. Through a progressive learning model, paddlers learn the fundamentals in stable boats and move to more challenging boats as their skills develop. Practices are led by NCCP or CanoeKids trained coaches and the coach to paddler ratio is 1:5.

Cost for 6 month program - $600 - Pro-rated fees are available after the start of the season; please contact the Commodore at commodore@vypc.ca.

Intermediate and Competitive - Ages 14 and up

Paddle two, three or four times per week.  Register for the days that fit your schedule.

April, May, June and September
Monday         4:00 - 5:30 pm
Wednesday   4:00 - 5:30pm
Friday            4:00 - 5:30 pm
Saturday       11:00am-1:00pm

July and August

Monday         3:30 - 5:30 pm
Wednesday   3:30 - 5:30pm
Friday            3:30 - 5:30 pm
Saturday       11:00am-1:00pm

Youth will refine their paddling skills and technique while developing team-building skills, self-confidence, strength, coordination, and balance. Practices will be in OC6s or small boats such as kayak or outrigger. Race technique and strategy will also be covered. Paddlers at this level will compete in several races on Vancouver Island and a team will compete in Another Dam Race in Arizona/California in early November. 

Cost for 6 month program 

2 practices/week - $650
3 practices/week - $850
4 practices/week - $950

Pro-rated fees are available after the start of the season; please contact the Commodore at commodore@vypc.ca.