PRCC offers sprint canoe and kayak programs for children, competitive training and racing for teens (Development or High Performance), PaddleALL for people with mental or physical challenges, and Master’s program for adults. Paddling programs run in spring, summer and fall with training continuing during the winter at a nearby gym. We welcome all abilities, from beginners to future Olympians.
The U15 Sprint program is for children aged 9-15, although children younger than 9 may be included with Head Coach approval. The summer program runs in July and August from 9-4, Mondays to Fridays, excluding the last week of August. This is an amazing value and a great way to keep children active and engaged for the whole summer. PRCC also has two-week summer sessions in the “Intro to Sprint” option. The summer programs include weekly BBQs, games, beach time and fun regattas as well as the option to race in more competitive regattas. Spring and fall paddling programs are also available. All U15 Sprint programs teach fundamental paddling skills and provide a comprehensive physical activity program that involves paddling, balance drills, and games & activities in a positive fun environment.
The Development program is an introduction to competitive canoe and kayak for teens aged 13-18 who have less than three years of competitive experience. This program helps athletes to transition into more competitive phases of their athletic career. The focus is on proper technique, general and sport-specific conditioning, as well as team boat skills and racing performance. Specific practice expectations will vary by age. In general, Development athletes train at the same time and frequency as High Performance but at a lower intensity. Athletes compete in local regattas, as well as Provincial and National Championships if they qualify. Almost all regattas are included in program costs.
The High Performance (HP) program is designed for experienced paddlers aged 15 and older with aspirations of training competitively and making the national team. HP athletes typically train 10 times a week. Programs focus on extensive paddling and on-water training combined with cardio, weights and calisthenics. Most regattas are included in program costs.
The Master’s summer program runs two evenings a week and is designed for both experienced and beginner paddlers of all skill levels. It is open to adults aged 18 and over. Participants have the opportunity to paddle canoes or kayaks with the K1 being the most popular. Paddling is a low impact activity that provides an above average aerobic workout while building flexibility and core strength. If they choose, Master’s athletes can compete in local and regional regattas, as well as provincial and National Championships if they qualify. Regatta fees are not included in program costs.