A V1 is a rudderless and more traditional form of OC1 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 one of or talented FCRCC V1 paddlers!  No prior V1 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.

Paddlers will be provided all the necessary equipment and a qualified coach(s) for all sessions. If you have your own V1, awesome! If not, we will be using OC1 CLions, but taking the rudder out for learning.