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Racing Development (Youth Entry Program)

Racing Development training group is designed for youth from age 10+.  All children are welcome, as the program is for both experienced and inexperienced paddlers and introduces children to the sport of sprint canoeing and kayaking.  Participants will learn to paddle canoes and kayaks: singles (K1, C1), doubles (K2, C2), fours (K4, C4), and War Canoe (C15).  All new youth paddlers begin in this group. 

The group meets 5 days a week, with an option for 3 days a week for our younger and newer members.

This group is led by one of our Assistant Coaches during the on-water paddling season. 

All athletes have the opportunity to compete in several local regattas. The U11 & U13 season culminates in the Western Ontario Division (WOD) U11/U13 Championships, while U13 and U15 paddlers have the opportunity to race at the main WOD Championships and Provincial Championships (qualification necessary). 

The Racing Development Program includes:
  • On-water instruction and training; all equipment included
  • Individual and team activities
  • Water safety
  • Social activities
  • Local regattas (there is a small additional cost for regatta entries)
When ready, the Head Coach will move paddlers up to higher skilled groups.  

How to Register
For more information please see Registration page.


  • On-water training starts at in May and continues through September (early October is weather dependent)
  • There are 5 practices per week, starting June 5th.
  • There is an option for 3 practices a week (Tues.,Thurs.,Sat).  It is not possible to change the 3 days.  It is important to our more advanced paddlers in the group that they have Wed/Fri to stretch their abilities with the smaller group of 5 day a week paddlers.  
  • This group is coached by one of our Assistant coaches
  • All team boat paddler assignments are determined by the Coach
  • Regatta participation is encouraged.  A schedule is circulated at the beginning of each season. 

 Fee: $700.00  (a $480 3 day a week option is available  for new paddlers)

Although we encourage full participation at 5 days a week, for young and/or brand new paddlers we can offer a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday only option for $480.  

Fees in Racing Development will be prorated for new paddlers starting part way through the year, after accounting for fixed national and provincial athlete registration fees.

This includes all fees except race entry fees. Regatta and race entry fees are tallied and invoiced at the end of the racing season. 

Training Schedule:

May and September

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri > 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Saturday >         10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July and Aug

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, 5.00 - 7:00 p. m. (6:30 pm finish on Wednesday), Saturday 8 am - 10 am

NOTE: There is a 2-3 week break from training after Nationals, from late August to mid-September


    • There is no mandatory volunteer requirement for Racing Development.  Any contribution is welcomed.

    How to Register
    For more information please see Registration page.
    You can always contact us for more information.