Outrigger Program


The 2018 season will start off with our 8th Annual Spring Training Camp in Maui, HI. Outrigger paddlers have the opportunity to experience the true sport of outrigger, complete with ocean paddling, voyaging, and learning about the culture. Our intent is always to bring this experience home and share with all the Club paddlers.

We have a full line up of races to attend (check out the race schedule) through the season including Penticton, Vancouver, Kelowna and Gibsons for the National Championships.

The 2018 IVF World Sprint Championships will be held in Papette, Tahiti in mid July. We have 7 paddlers as well as Lynda and Kristine (Team Canada manager guru’s) attending. The CCC has some of the fastest ‘older guys’ in the World so we are excited to see what they can do against the top paddlers in the world.
We hope to wrap up the season with a few races back in Hawaii in the fall, because you can never get enough ocean paddling experience when your home base is the Glenmore reservoir.

As usual we intend to keep developing our novice program. The best place to start is a Wednesday evening intro session with our coaches and experienced paddlers. We continue to encourage new paddlers to attend the races with us, racing a shorter distance or even with experienced paddlers if you already have a good fitness base and are up for a challenge.

Fee Structure

First year outrigger program: $295 (membership included)

Regular Outrigger program: General membership fee + $160.

In addition, an annual fee of $25 paid to CORA, the National governing body, is required for any paddler attending a CORA race.

We encourage new members to participate at the Recreation OC6 sessions on Wednesday evenings and Saturday morning to learn the basic skills in the 6 man boat. Once you are comfortable in the OC6 you may move onto the 1 and 2 person outrigger canoes. An orientation session from Lynda or a volunteer coach is required. Once you sign up we will email regular updates on training sessions and all program activities to keep you updated.

Practice Times

May through September

Once you join the program we will send out regular email updates to confirm practices and other information. The general outline is as follows.

Boat priority will go to;

  • Newcomer and Visitors OC6: join us Wednesdays, meet for 6:15pm at panabode.
  • Recreation: Wednesdays 6:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am (or 8:30 for a group paddle)
  • Competitive: Monday 6:30pm and Thursday 6:30pm. Mixed/Fun: Tuesday 6:30pm. Saturday 8:30am – all competitive paddlers.
  • Small Boats Training Group: no set days are in the schedule as of now. Sunday morning is a pretty regular date. Once you are registered we will confirm with the group based on events and interest.
    • Experienced paddlers are encouraged to join us Wednesdays to paddle with newcomers and help coach, seat priority goes to newcomers
    • All paddlers must be experienced or have permission to use small boats. You must be knowledgeable of; rigging, carrying technique, huli process, boat care. Please see Lynda for orientation and permission if you are new to the program.
Race Schedule

See the race schedule posted in the panabode for a list of races we plan to attend, as well as the sign up procedure. We will set crews for the races based on the sign up numbers and specific event.

The crews will be set by the coaching team and may require a time control for seat selection in some situations.

Team race selection Guide

Participatory Races

  • Everyone is encouraged to participate.
  • There will be a sign up sheet (and on Team Snap) for anyone who wishes to participate. A subcommittee will determine crews (mixed crews if possible). All paddlers are expected to attend regular practices to train with their crews.
  • Novice paddlers will receive priority in OC6 if we have extra paddlers. Experienced paddlers may be asked to race in OC1 and OC2, in order to make room in the OC6 for a less experienced paddlers.

Competitive Races

Selection criteria for women’s, men’s, and mixed competitive races are as follows:

  • A tour de buoy distance (3.2 km or double loop of 6.4 km) will be used as a time trial. All paddlers wanting to race must do a time trial as part of the selection process (including steers people).
  • The top 5 times will be in the first boat plus the top steers person.
  • A team captain for that race will be chosen from this crew.
  • The next top 5 paddlers and steers person will fill a second boat.
  • A ladder will be established and people can do time trials as many times as they want before the selection deadline. In order for a time trial to count, another person from the club must be present to time the person. There will also be organized times when groups will do their time trial to encourage best performance.
  • For high performance races such as Nationals we will set a deadline so crews have extra time to train with their crew prior to the race.
  • If selected for a crew, all paddlers must commit to paddling 2x/week in an OC6 with their crew.
  • Alternates may exist for each crew and have first priority for small boats at races if they are not paddling on the OC6 team in these competitive races.
  • Years of experience are not a determining factor to be part of the competitive team.
  • Set crews may be formed by any group of paddlers. Boat priority will go to the men’s and women’s competitive, and novice, crews. Mixed teams may be formed with a set crew or if the male/ female ratio dictates with signed up paddlers.

Novice competitive

  • Selection for novice competitive races is based mainly on sign up.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are greatly appreciated.
  • Once selected, paddlers must commit to paddling 2x/week in an OC6 with their crew. One of these times will most likely be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, but of course this depends on the schedules of the crew members.
  • One tour de buoy distance (3.2 km) will be used as a time trial if required to select novice paddlers, in addition to coach’s input.

Small Boats (OC1, OC2’s)

  • Priority goes to designated alternate paddlers for competitive races.
  • To race in a small boat at any of the races, one must sign up by a deadline, which will be no less then 2 weeks before the race. Boats will be first come, first serve, unless there are more paddlers signed up then boats available. In this case, we will defer to time trials.

 Boat use for Racing

Those who are participating in the training program on a regular basis will get first priority for small boat choice if a Club boat is required.
OC6 boats will be determined by the subcommittee and based on the event, crew and / or previous opportunities. This may be a factor as the Club has 2 unlimited OC6’s, which are more popular to race. The race entries from other Clubs may be a determining factor as well.