What is Canoe Kayak?

Canoe Kayaking is a fun, low impact sport for all age groups involving single, double, and 4-person boats for recreational or competitive use.

See Canoe Kayak BC and/or Canoe Kayak Canada for more information.


What is recreational paddling?

All ages recreational paddling at Fort Canoe Kayak Club is a relaxed program that introduces kayaking as a fun sport for everyone.


What's the difference between paddling and rowing?

Canoeing and kayaking uses 1 and 2 bladed paddles to propel forwards while rowing is mainly leg driven and uses oars to propel backwards. (P.S. Canoe Kayak is way more fun in our humble opinion...but the rowers are pretty cool too.)


Is it safe?

Our coaches and staff are certified in water safety and First Aid. Our club regulations follow the Canoe Kayak BC provincial requirements, and our motorized safety boats are out with all the paddlers at all times.


What is competitive sprint paddling?

Competitive sprint paddling is distance racing in a straight line on flat water. It has been in the Olympic summer games since 1936. Our club participates in Regattas throughout the Summer.


Do I need my own equipment?

No, if you are registered in one of our programs, you are able to use club boats, paddles and exercise equipment.


What do I need to know about the Competitive Sprint Program?

Our youth program athletes practice all year long with gym training. Their coach works with them on fitness and prepares them in the winter. Dry land training keeps athletes in top condition. When the weather improves, athletes train regularly in their canoes and kayaks. This team participates in regattas in the Summertime. Click here for more information.


How old do I have to be?

We offer programs for ages 8+. One of our athletes is 82 years young!


What and where are regattas?

Athletes train all year-round, but in the summertime our team competes in canoe and kayak races (regattas). These events are largely in the lower mainland but also include some out of town. These regattas are sometimes for specific age groups, but generally all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Many first season racers have found their calling at these very fun and exciting races.


What do I wear?

Anything you can move in and don’t mind getting wet! Athletic clothing that you are able to wear a lifejacket over is recommended.


Is sprint racing for experienced paddlers only?

Anybody can sign up age 8 and over. The coach will take age and skill into account and athletes paddle with people of similar skill


How do I find the right program for me?

Email us at programs@fortcanoekayak.ca to find out what would be the best fit for you!


What does it cost?

It depends on which program you sign up for. A week long beginner course is different than the Sprint Team enrollment where athletes train year-round. The costs are seasonal and are comparable to other recreation for youth and fitness programs. When you view a particular program, the costs are listed.

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