We have many exciting Youth paddling options to help keep your kids active! Our youth paddling programs are structured based off the nationwide Canadian Sport For Life Long-Term Athlete Development model, and more specifically, the CanoeKayakCanada LTAD Model. This model is designed to help kids develop optimally through stages, acquiring fundamental skills and progressively building on their technical and physical skills.
Kids can enter our programs many ways depending on how much paddling they want to do! We have Racing programs for those who want to paddle more and do some racing. And we have our Summer Camp programs!
All of our programs are designed to optimize age-appropriate learning and physical developments. Our younger-aged programs are all about setting the right foundations for kids in terms of skills, body coordination, fitness, etc. while having lots of fun. And as they get older, can continue to further refine their abilities, and perhaps train at a more competitive level if they want!
New paddlers are welcome anytime throughout the season!
If you would like to register and not sure where to begin, please contact email@example.com and introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about your son/daughter and their age, and we’ll help you get started. Look forward to meeting you!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re unsure about which group to join and if you have any questions about how to get started! If you’re joining mid-season, please contact email@example.com to ensure you have all the latest program details and the prorated program rate.
Year-Round Full Season Programs
Join the FCRCC Youth Sprint team! These programs run year long (split into Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter sessions) and are for those who want to learn more advanced paddling skills and try out competitive paddling. These racing programs also include summer camp options for the younger age groups!
We have four main paddling groups at False Creek, based on age, level of fitness and paddling skills, and training goals. These follow the Long-Term Athlete Development pathway in the sport of Olympic Sprint Canoe & Kayak.
|Saturday Intro Drop-In Sessions|
**Starting Sat Sept 24th!**
|New to Paddling? Drop in on our Saturday Intro Drop-In Sessions from 12pm-2pm to try out sprint paddling and learn more! $15 drop-in fee. No experience is required to join! Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come out! From there you can continue into one of our regular programs if interested, or just continue dropping in on Saturdays.||Ages 7-16|
|Fundamentals and Foundations|
**NEW PADDLERS WELCOME*
New paddlers looking to join the sprint program can start here to acquire initial skills and balance and build from here with the intention of getting you up to speed with your training age group.
|Learn the fundamentals of canoe/kayak!||For experienced paddlers who are 7-11 years old on January 1, 2023 (U12), AS WELL AS NEW paddlers ages 7 and up!|
|Advanced Paddling Fundamentals –|
Learning to Train
|Continue developing the fundamentals of paddling along with an introduction into the competitive aspect of Sprint Canoe and Kayak!||Ages 12-13|
For experienced paddlers who were 12-13 years old on January 1, 2023.
|Junior Racing Development – Training to Train and Learning to Compete||Learn more about the various elements of training and competition with a focus on developing intermediate canoe and kayak skills and endurance and effective goal setting (both on and off the water). Have the opportunity to work towards events like BC Summer Games and even Nationals!||Ages 14-15|
For experienced paddlers who were 14-15 years old on January 1, 2023.
|High Performance – Training to Compete||Develop advanced canoe and kayak skills, refine racing and goal setting skills, and develop strength and fitness. Paddlers will focus on preparing for National, and possibly, International-level regattas.||Ages 15 and up|
U16, U17, U18 and up
For experienced paddlers who were 15 years old or older on January 1, 2023.
1-WEEK CAMP PROGRAMS
For the summer of 2023, we will be moving back to full-day camps!
|Spring Break Paddling Camp||A 1-week introduction to sprint canoeing and kayaking.||Ages 10-15||March 13-17, 2023 – |
1pm to 4:30pm
|A 1-week introduction to canoeing and kayaking.||Ages 7-11||July and August|
$378 (for 4-day week)
Kids 10 and up are encouraged to join the Regatta Ready program so that they can learn some advanced skills beyond CanoeKids.
|Regatta Ready Summer Camps||Learn advanced canoe/kayak paddling skills (beyond CanoeKids)!||Ages 10-15||July and August|
$378 (for 4-day week)
If you have any questions or comments about our programs, please contact email@example.com