Spring and Summer program

 

In our programs youth are introduced to multiple paddling disciplines – sprint kayak, outrigger, whitewater kayak and stand-up paddleboard. Most paddling is done in one person boats, but there are opportunities to paddle double or multi-person boats (if health orders permit).

 

Youth will learn water safety and paddling technique, while developing strength, balance and endurance. Through a progressive learning model, paddlers learn the fundamentals in stable boats and move to more challenging boats as their skills develop. We are primarily a recreational club, but youth are given the opportunity to compete in races if they desire.

 

Our whitewater coach leads trips on the Sooke or Cowichan rivers a couple of times per year if conditions allow.  Participation in these trips requires permission of the coach and paddlers need to have demonstrated the required skills. Parental assistance with transportation and logistics is necessary.

 

Our programs are divided by age group and experience level. Age is the first guideline, but appropriateness for a program also depends on skills, experience and maturity. Placement of paddlers in programs is at the discretion of the coaches. The younger groups have a higher coach to paddler ratio. Older youth have more opportunities for river paddling and racing. Fees include coaching, equipment, race fees and team building events. 

 

The spring/summer program runs for 5 months from April 1st to August 30th.  However, paddlers are welcome to join at any time with a pro-rated fee.  We try to be flexible with individual paddlers needs and schedules.  Please contact head_coach@vypc.ca to discuss options.

Practices may be subject to change or cancellation due to weather or operational requirements. If weather conditions aren’t suitable to be on the water, land-based activities may be substituted. We attempt to arrange makeup practices for cancelled sessions, but this may not always be possible. All sessions require a minimum number of registrants in order to run.

2021 Spring and Summer Schedule

Registration opens in late March

 


 

Explorers - Ages 9-13

April through August

 

Thursday         4:30-6:00pm

 

Sunday            2:30-4:00pm    (full - April through June)

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate - Ages 13 and up
 


April through August
 

Wednesday     4:30-6:00pm

 

Sunday             4:15-5:45pm (full - April through June)