Sprint Intro

Sprint Introduction Program

2022 Information coming soon.

The Calgary Canoe Club Racing Team offers 2-week Sprint Intro sessions for new paddlers or those who have previously completed an L2P session. Our goal is to provide a fun introduction to the Olympic Sprint Racing boats and have new paddlers ready to join in their first fun regatta at the end of the two weeks. 

Our team of certified coaches work to develop a love of paddling and a sporting lifestyle. Paddlers gain fitness and technical skills in singles, doubles, fours and the 15 person War Canoe. At the end of a 2-week Sprint Intro Session, paddlers will be ready to take part in their first Fun Regatta.

The Team values personal growth and we understand that not all paddlers dream to stand on the Olympic Podium. CCC strives to create a friendly supportive environment where all can thrive.


  • Swimming ability of Aquaquest 6 or similar and be comfortable in the water while wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
  • Wear properly fitted PFD’s while in the boats and on the dock.


  • Staff oversee all training sessions and lunch break time
  • Paddlers will be instructed on what to do when they tip the boat, how to right the boat and get back in from shore.
  • The CCC has a safety boat that is shared amongst its various programs and the City’s boat patrol is a great resource keeping an eye on our paddlers and forewarning us to get off the water if they feel unsafe water conditions are in the forecast.
  • Paddlers are instructed to bring a full change of clothing, new paddlers will frequently tip as they learn to balance the racing boats.

When do sessions run ?
The Sprint Intro Sessions run every two weeks in the summer months to correspond with paddlers graduating from Learn 2 Paddle. June 27th is the first start date. The sessions run Monday - Friday 9-4:30pm. *
There are no programs running on holidays, Friday, July 1 and Monday, August 1st. 

Spring (May-June) dates: May 30-June 20 $260 (Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 4:30pm-6:00pm) condensed version of summer

June 27-July 8* $350

July 11-22 $400

July 25- August 5* $350

August 8-19 $400

Fall (Sept-Oct) dates: TBA condensed version of summer

Cancellations: Weather may force paddlers off the water. In 2022 we may not have access inside the building for alternate activities. Therefore, in the case of extreme cold, electrical storms for the majority of the day we will cancel the program for the day with no activities at the Club. Staff will be watching the weather and where possible will provide 24 hours notice.  Make up days will be available to paddlers. 

We ask that New paddlers older than U14 contact us, if they do not prefer to be at the Club 9-4:30pm with the U14 paddlers. Sessions for U16 will be held in two - 2 hr blocks between 9-4:30pm Monday to Friday in the summer months, schedule can be seen here, head to summer training (July-August) image. 

If you are a Returning Paddler from Sprint Intro last season you may repeat a 2 week intro session. Note that other participants will mostly be new to the Sprint Intro program and hence you will be repeating the basic sprint skills at the start. Coaches will challenge those ready to test their balance and skills with faster boats.

Can you join the Sprint Team after completing a Sprint Intro Program ?

Yes, fees are prorated for the remainder of the summer season (til August 19th) based on your start date. You will see the fee once you plug in your start date on the Sprint Team page. 

You require a Club membership once you join the Sprint Team.

Please head over to the Sprint Team page for additional information on all the aspects of the Sprint program including fees and training times through the season. 

Any questions please email 

Cancellation Policies

  • Full refunds for Sprint Intro registrations (less a $35 administrative fee) will be accepted up to one month prior to the start date.
  • A 50% cancellation fee will be charged within 2 weeks of cancelling your registration.
  • No refund will be issued if a participant is required to leave as the result of a code of conduct concern. 
  • Outstanding circumstances may be discussed with management, please email

Notes for the 2022 Season:

  • NO PRE OR POST CARE AVAILABLE* The boat bays are open 8:30am to 8:30pm. In the event of a pick up delay staff can supervise paddlers if notified.
  • We are an outdoor based program hence programs may be cancelled for a day (or half day) in event of very cold temperatures and heavy rain days. We strive to give 24hrs notice* Make up days will be communicated to parents.
  • Crew boat activities may be limited if distancing requirements are in place.
  • We encourage all Paddlers to bring your own PFD (Transport Canada approved - click here for proper fitting) . The Club will provide PFD’s for those unable to purchase their own.
  • There are no programs on Friday, July 1 and Monday, August 1st.