OC1 – Spring 2021 Programs

The FCRCC will be offering a variety of high quality OC1 and single boat courses this Spring, dependent on Public Health restrictions. These courses will be customized for novice to experienced paddlers. See course descriptions below. Link to the registration system for up to date course dates and times: Click here

Caring for your Canoe: OC-1 Maintenance

Susan Mott, FCRCC’s equipment and repairs team member will be holding a 1.5-hour session to show the basics of OC-1 maintenance and answer any questions.

Susan has a love of canoes and hates to see them not cared for. COVID-19 has seen an uptake in the purchase of canoes and with that comes the responsibility to take care of your shiny, new and slightly expensive boat.

The session will be held at the FCRCC Burrard Compound, weather permitting. If the weather is not co-operating, an alternate location will be announced.


An introduction to solo outrigger paddling

This course is for new paddlers 18 years or older with no or very little solo outrigger experience but wanting to get on the water to learn the basics in a fun and supportive small group environment. Paddlers will be provided with all necessary equipment and a qualified coach for all sessions.

Exceptions may be able to be made for individuals 15-18 years-old to participate if appropriate instructors are available. Please contact us at least one week before the course begins to see if this is possible.


OC-1 Training and Foundational Technique

This course is for paddlers who have had a taste, on their own or through our Introduction to OC-1 course, and now want to learn more about this awesome COVID-friendly sport. Paddlers will be provided with all necessary equipment and a qualified coach for all sessions.

Some prior experience in OC-1 is necessary. For brand new paddlers, our Introduction to OC-1 course is a good pre-cursor to this one.

This course is held once a week for six weeks.

OC-1 Intermediate: Continuing to build skills

This course is for intermediate paddlers including those who have successfully completed the OC-1 Training and Foundational Technique course. This is the ideal course for those who started paddling OC-1 in the fall and have yet to receive much coaching and wish to improve their paddle technique, efficiency and boat speed. Paddlers should have their own equipment (paddle and PFD). Canoes are provided.

This course is held once a week for six weeks.

Introduction to V-1

A V-1 is a rudderless and more traditional form of OC-1 originating in Polynesia and gaining popularity in Canada for both sprint and distance racing. It is the only kind of solo canoe raced in International Va’a Association World Championships. It is also the canoe used in the Paralympic Games.

In this course, learn the basics of paddling this dynamic canoe from three-time World championship medalist, Kamini Jain. No prior V-1 experience necessary. However, participants must be comfortable paddling an OC-1 on both sides in any conditions that may occur within False Creek and have the experience to keep a level head in potentially busy waters, even without a rudder. Paddlers must also be able to recover from a huli (capsize) without assistance.

Terms: There are no automatic course fee refunds. If PHO prohibits the course from running on the original dates, FCRCC will reschedule the course. If the program cannot be rescheduled a refund may be granted. There will be a 10% administration fee for any course cancellations for any reason.