Try ParaCanoe

Please read the following information below and if interested join us to try out paracanoe (kayaks and/or outrigger canoes). Program starts May 11th, weather permitting.

Date: Monday & Thursdays
Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $175 for the season, May – September
Register: email us:  by June 10th to let us know you are interested and we’ll cover off the details.

What is Paracanoe?

Paracanoe is the sport of paddling for people living with physical disabilities. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and Cerebral Palsy, among others. Paddlers are ‘classified’ according their level of disability and compete against those in the similar classification.

There are two main disciplines to paracanoe, the outrigger canoe and the sprint kayak.

Para athletes may participate in sport at many different levels starting with a fun introduction at a recreation level and progressing to the international level with the IVF World Sprints held every two years, and the Paralympic Games, which follow the Summer Olympic Games every 4 years.

There are currently 28 sports in the Paralympic Program, including paracanoe, which made it’s debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Paddlers compete in the 200m sprint kayak and canoe discipline.

Along with the kayak discipline, paracanoe has also added the V1 canoe discipline as a new event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

There are currently 28 sports in the Paralympic Program, including paracanoe, which makes it’s debut at the 2016 Games in Rio, Brazil.

Paddlers will compete in the 200m sprint kayak discipline.

The discipline of canoe (or va’a) is also a discipline of paracanoe. Currently the canoe is raced international at the IVF World Sprint Championships.

Along with the kayak discipline, paracanoe has also added the V1 canoe discipline as a new event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Trinity Tratch, 20, was named to Canada’s Paracanoe National Team in 2017. A double leg amputee from birth, Trinity has his sights set on representing Canada at the 2020 Paralympics Game. His focus for 2020 will be to qualify his spot to represent Canada at the Paralympics.

What We Offer

We are into the 4th year of our Paracanoe program, which has been supported by a joint funding program on behalf of Sport Canada and the Alberta Sport Support Program.

The purpose of our program is to create a community in which members have fun, get active, and work to toward achieving their personal goals. If this is something you feel you may enjoy and are keen to pursue, we welcome you to join the Calgary Canoe Club and train with our current paddlers in the canoe/kayak disciplines.

Getting Started

Contact us via email if you are interested in learning more or setting up a time to come visit us and experience paddling. We feel the outrigger canoe is a great place to start as it is a large and stable boat (6 or 12 person). We can discuss how we can best adapt both equipment and technique to meet your needs to get you out paddling.

We are confident we can integrate adaptive paddlers into our existing programs for youth kayaking and adult outrigger canoes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a time to try it out and see if this sport is for you.

Kyle Riva, an adult para-paddler, para-cyclist and beard grower/enthusiast, competed in Outrigger Worlds 2016 in Australia. Kyle uses a custom designed double bladed canoe paddle for his one man outrigger canoe.

Where we’re at with our para program and paddlers

Trinity Tratch – Member of Canada’s Paracanoe Team


  • Represented Canada at World Cups #2 and #3 in Hungary and Croatia
  • Raced KLT3 at World Cups, National Championships and Pan Am Championship in Ecuador.
  • National Championship, 2nd Place in KLT3 Category
  • Pan Am Championships 4rd place KLT3 Category, 2nd VLT2 Category Trinity was featured in Calgary Herald in February: Rising athlete on podium with help of War Amps program.
  • Competed in the A final at the 2019 Poznan World Cup

On going program development

Our outrigger para paddlers continue to train and are focused on competing at the Canoe/Kayak National Championships to race in both the canoe and kayak discipline.

Our goal is to continue to develop our paracanoe team focusing on the V1 and V6 disciplines leading up to the 2020 IVF World Sprint Championships in Hilo, Hawaii.

We are now running a regular paracanoe program at the Club through the season, email us at: for more information.