Paddling Programs

PaddlersCKC Age Classes

The paddling day program during July and August is supervised by the Head Coach and delivered by Assistant Coaches. Each week’s lessons follow the guidelines of the CanoeKids program. The CanoeKids program falls under the SportCanada category; “Community Sport Stream”. The primary focus is the development of life-long paddling skills in a noncompetitive environment. The entire program is aimed at imparting skill development in a physically demanding sport, within the context of social, relaxed and ‘fun’ activities. Secondarily, the program is used as recruitment for the racing programs at Canoe Kayak Clubs. The High Performance Program is focused on competitive athletes that want to compete at the provincial and national levels. Many of Banook’s High Performance athletes have gone on to compete internationally. Check out BCC Community Calendar to find the regatta schedules and results.

Kiddie Canoe

Children between the ages of 4 and 7 are offered the chance to become familiar with paddling and water safety. Participants will use war canoes, the dragon boat, and mini kayaks (waves). Sessions are held four times per week. Cost is free for members.

Recreational Paddling Program (Ages 8 and up)

Groups are divided by age, from Atom to Midget, and supervised by coaches teaching water safety, basic skills in kayak and canoe and being part of a war canoe team. Time will also be spent team building, by playing games and doing fitness activities on land. (Limited to 75 participants per age group.)

High Performance (Ages 13 and up)

This is for youth who have achieved a high level of skill in small boats and have a high commitment to the sport of paddling. The summer schedule includes two sessions per day in small boats plus war canoe practices with an emphasis on fitness and technique. Instruction will be by experienced coaches. Participants will be performing at a competitive level at  local and national regattas. Also fall and spring training is offered to competitive paddlers. An evaluation by the Head Coach is required for admission into the program.

Masters (Adults age 20/up)

The program runs during the evening and Saturday morning under the supervision of experienced coaches. It is open to experienced paddlers and those new or returning to the sport. For beginners, the emphasis will be basic exercise and fun. All participants are encouraged to try the war canoe and the various small boats. There are masters’ regattas during the summer and participants may take part in the Canadian Masters Championships held in August.


Our PaddleAll program runs Tuesday and Thursdays evenings from 6:15pm-7:15/7:30pm throughout the year. We provide land training (weights, circuit training, ergometer workouts) and on water kayaking (when weather allows).

Our program focuses on introducing athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities to the sport of CanoeKayak. All ages are welcome at no cost. No experience is necessary.

Update: Unfortunately we have decided to cancel our PaddleAll program for the summer. Under the current Covid-19 guidelines for our sport and club, the club does not feel we can safely offer PaddleAll programming at this time. We are hoping to get the program back up and running by the end of fall. Feel free to email Lucy Traves with any questions,

Water Safety

Water Safety
The Canadian Canoe Association (CCA) requires all paddlers, regardless of age to pass the Swimmer 6 from the National Lifeguarding Society’s Swim for Life program. The swim tests take place during the Club’s Orientation Day. Typically the test consists of swimming from the Banook docks to the finish line and back, treading water for five minutes and performing a tip, turn and tow exercise in a canoe or kayak. The CCA and the Canadian Coast Guard set out minimum on-water safety requirements.

Regardless of weather conditions, any paddler U16 and under now must wear an approved PFD (life jacket) at all times while on water in training, or participating in Banook, ADCKC, or its member clubs programs.

July 2020 – All members must provide their own PFD’s.

When training in/on cold water all athletes and coaches must water a certified PDF at all times and be accompanied by a safety boat.